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(The Atlantic)   What has been seen cannot be unseen   ( theatlantic.com) divider line
    More: Cool, visual cortex, Tom Toppino, cognitive scientists, dalmatians, Unsee, thalamus, ambiguity  
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2014-05-05 07:56:18 PM  
There better not be a Goatse in that article.
 
2014-05-05 08:31:21 PM  
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Pretty lamp...
 
2014-05-05 09:23:53 PM  

scottydoesntknow: [www.wasitabatisaw.com image 470x287]

Pretty lamp...


Giggity.
 
2014-05-05 09:41:58 PM  
Resident evil 6: man fellating giraffe
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2014-05-05 10:01:29 PM  
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2014-05-05 10:06:10 PM  
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2014-05-05 10:08:05 PM  
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2014-05-05 10:29:02 PM  
This should be a fun thread.
 
2014-05-05 10:38:34 PM  
Yes it can.
 
2014-05-05 10:44:37 PM  
I like this

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2014-05-05 10:46:16 PM  
Canada Flag: Two guys looking over scottydoesntknow's lamp.
 
2014-05-05 10:53:25 PM  
Triumph:

Perfect hand placement, lol
 
2014-05-05 11:04:25 PM  

scottydoesntknow: [www.wasitabatisaw.com image 470x287]

Pretty lamp...


The lamp is a lie is a lie.
 
2014-05-05 11:18:47 PM  

jaytkay: I like this

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I came to say the exact same thing. Just showed it to my wife and then we followed it up with some other photos and ...

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... yeah, it kind of looks like that.
 
2014-05-05 11:18:55 PM  
I looked for a bit before I read.

Now I see a snail where the register and copyright symbols are the eyes
 
2014-05-05 11:19:33 PM  
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2014-05-05 11:20:35 PM  
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It's a damn good stout, too.
 
2014-05-05 11:21:13 PM  
At work we have a project with a code name (just means the location is undecided) Blackhawk.  All I can hear when they talk about it is black cawk.
 
2014-05-05 11:29:38 PM  

Triumph: [weknowmemes.com image 460x250]


Once I saw it, I shat bricks.
 
2014-05-05 11:32:27 PM  
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2014-05-05 11:47:38 PM  
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2014-05-05 11:52:25 PM  
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2014-05-06 12:17:18 AM  
I don't understand the "ambiguous triangles" example pictured in the article.
 
2014-05-06 12:17:26 AM  

scottydoesntknow: [www.wasitabatisaw.com image 470x287]

Pretty lamp...


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2014-05-06 12:25:31 AM  
I can't make myself see a rabbit, but maybe that's because my brain has never seen a rabbit with ears that look like farking tongs.

/lagomorph is a fun word!
 
2014-05-06 12:33:58 AM  
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2014-05-06 12:43:25 AM  
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2014-05-06 12:48:27 AM  

Parthenogenetic: Once I saw it, I shat bricks


The lamp is a lie... is a lie (PNSFW)
 
2014-05-06 12:51:12 AM  
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2014-05-06 01:07:46 AM  
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OK, so some of these are "bad logo design". Still....
 
2014-05-06 01:22:03 AM  

TheGogmagog: At work we have a project with a code name (just means the location is undecided) Blackhawk.  All I can hear when they talk about it is black cawk.


There's a song by Gaelic Storm, where the lyrics are "Don't mess around with women, boys, you're safe around Cape Horn", but if you aren't really concentrating on listening to it, it sounds like "Don't mess around with women boys, you're safe around Gay Porn".

For your listening pleasure...
 
2014-05-06 01:28:17 AM  
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Archdiocesan Youth Commission

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Wonder if this place sells lipstick...
 
2014-05-06 01:35:22 AM  
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2014-05-06 02:00:15 AM  
The article reminds me of this:

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2014-05-06 03:40:52 AM  

gozar_the_destroyer: The article reminds me of this:

[www.majhost.com image 200x181]


You /b/astard.
 
2014-05-06 03:55:09 AM  
This is a simple but beautiful side-effect of the ill-posed problem that the human mind is perpetually faced with: "Given incomplete information, what previously encountered pattern does this information match?"

This question is Hadamard ill-posed: there are not enough constraints to grant a unique answer, so the brain assumes, extrapolates, paints in, etc. Absent any other information at all, the pattern of spots from TFA is insufficiently similar to anything to trigger an immediate pattern-match. But given even the slightest hint, the pattern-space shrinks enough that the brain can search it. Having done this, the brain's master control room puts up a little sticky note - "Input resembling pattern X means focus pattern-match efforts on Y" - to avoid the delay ever again, because in nature delays get you killed.

I'll be a lot of the cognitive problems associated with aging - from senility to becoming inflexible and "trapped in the past" - are associated with too many little yellow sticky notes biasing the brain's pattern matcher. Effectively, the brain has a maximum efficient storage capacity that many of us reach within our lifetimes...
 
2014-05-06 05:43:20 AM  
Spinning to the left.

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Spinning to the right.
 
2014-05-06 06:34:24 AM  

Ed Grubermann: gozar_the_destroyer: The article reminds me of this:

[www.majhost.com image 200x181]

You /b/astard.


Oh my, yes.
 
Skr
2014-05-06 06:35:06 AM  

Oreamnos: I don't understand the "ambiguous triangles" example pictured in the article.


On first glance, most people will determine that the triangles are pointing a single direction. All pointing to the right like arrows, for example. The equilateral triangles could very well be 'pointing' in two other directions. Once the brain realizes this, you'll start seeing the triangles all point in the alternate direction. It should keep cycling through the directions on a longer viewing. That is my understanding of it at least.

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2014-05-06 08:13:54 AM  

Oreamnos: I don't understand the "ambiguous triangles" example pictured in the article.


Imagine they're moving. Which direction?
 
2014-05-06 08:42:29 AM  

Niveras: Spinning to the left.

[upload.wikimedia.org image 300x400]

Spinning to the right.


who cares? the important thing is that she's naked
 
2014-05-06 09:03:15 AM  
Skr:
On first glance, most people will determine that the triangles are pointing a single direction. All pointing to the right like arrows, for example. The equilateral triangles could very well be 'pointing' in two other directions. Once the brain realizes this, you'll start seeing the triangles all point in the alternate direction. It should keep cycling through the directions on a longer viewing. That is my understanding of it at least.


Mike_1962:
Imagine they're moving. Which direction?

Got it.  Thanks.
 
2014-05-06 10:00:58 AM  
Cognition is fascinating, particularly at the Neurology 101 level.
 
2014-05-06 11:22:28 AM  

Niveras: Spinning to the left.

[upload.wikimedia.org image 300x400]

Spinning to the right.


If I look at her lower foot, I can get her to spin in either direction easily; harder the further up I go. Still requires a full rotation to reverse her, though. Working on half-rotations or less.
 
2014-05-06 02:08:05 PM  
I still can't look at a duck without thinking it's wearing a dog mask...
 
2014-05-06 08:27:34 PM  

Niveras: Spinning to the left.

[upload.wikimedia.org image 300x400]

Spinning to the right.


No. Always spinning clockwise. However hard I try. Always clockwise.
 
2014-05-06 08:30:37 PM  

Skr: Oreamnos: I don't understand the "ambiguous triangles" example pictured in the article.

On first glance, most people will determine that the triangles are pointing a single direction. All pointing to the right like arrows, for example. The equilateral triangles could very well be 'pointing' in two other directions. Once the brain realizes this, you'll start seeing the triangles all point in the alternate direction. It should keep cycling through the directions on a longer viewing. That is my understanding of it at least.

[www.brain.riken.jp image 250x167]


with this one they are all triangles with no direction.

I can see them as all pointing this way then that way then the other way and also pointing toward the flat sides too.

Then I can just see them as triangles with no direction at all which is how my brain defaults with this one.
 
2014-05-06 09:48:18 PM  

Niveras: Spinning to the left.

[upload.wikimedia.org image 300x400]

Spinning to the right.


I figured out a way for me to at will get her to change direction. Lean right and close your left eye, then blink and she should spin right. To spin left do the opposite.
 
2014-05-06 10:01:16 PM  
You know what's the most mind-farking? The direction her ponytail (or whatever) points and to which shoulder her head tilts changes depending on which direction you imagine her spinning.

Or I'm hallucinating wildly.
 
2014-05-06 10:04:40 PM  
Dammit so much. AND her raised arm changes sides.

If she's spinning right, she's tilting her head to the right and it's her right arm lifted, the ponytail inexplicably pointing in the direction she's spinning (as opposed to trailing behind).

If she's spinning left, she's tilting her head to the left and it's her left arm lifted, the ponytail pointing into that direction of spin.

My brain hurts now.
 
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