Sunday Morning Illusion

Everything is relative; Our perceptions are driven by comparison…

Just what everyone needs on a Sunday morning, an existential quandary.

It should be noted that there is nothing special about the castle image. This works with any picture. Stare at the negative until your eyes acclimatize to it, then flip it to gray scale and it appears to be in color as long as you don’t move your eyes.

This is somewhat analogous to getting used to a smell or the temperature of a bath or swimming pool; the nerves become somewhat desensitized after a period of over-stimulation.  The reason that we see an afterimage is that the rods and cones that weren’t being stimulated are still functioning normally so they send a normal strength signal while the desensitized ones send a weaker signal so the colors that we weren’t looking at get punched up a notch.

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Ryan Consell is a skeptical artist, tap-dancing armorer, juggling scientist, rock-climbing writer, sword-fighting math teacher, uni-cycling gamer, fire-spinning academic and devout nerd. He has a Masters in Applied science, most of a bachelors in Fine Arts, and a very short attention span. He is the author of How Not to Poach a Unicorn and half of the masochistic comedy duo that is Creative Dissonance. Follow him on Twitter @StudentofWhim

1 Comment

  1. December 5, 2011 at 8:18 am

    This is my favorite to date!

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