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These pictures (and their explanations) were amusing to look at, mainly because of how angry and annoyed I found myself getting. Take this blue cube, for instance. The description basically says: ‘see that dark blue square on top, and see that bright glowing blue square on the right side?…yeah, they’re actually the same exact shade of blue.’ My brain responded: “F@#k you Mr. Brain Researcher man, I know what I’m seein’ and that aint the f@#kin’ same!” It’s like someone telling you that something you whole-heartedly believe is true…is actually an illusion, and isn’t true at all! The mind’s first reaction is always going to be anger and annoyance….then you feel stupid…. but after a while… you tend to just question your own confidence in your perceptions. If we can fail at something as simple as distinguishing 2 colors, how can we be so sure our other, more far-reaching assumptions are true?
Beau Lotto, a brain researcher at University College London says:
Neuroscientists usually explain color illusions in mechanistic terms: They arise because of the way cells in the retina and the brain respond to certain wavelengths of light. Those explanations miss the larger point. We misperceive colors and shapes because our visual sense has been molded by evolutionary history.