Saturday, January 14, 2012


Illusions and Paradoxes: Seeing is Believing?

We all have our own perceptions of an event and as we are all individuals, we often disagree.  Being mindful includes having a flexible mind and being able to see other points of view.  Unfortunately our brains need training to be flexible and consider other possibilities.  Our brain perceives all visual input with biases.  The same biased process happens with nonverbal and verbal communication.  When being mindful we open our minds to other possibilities and let go of preconceived notions.  Keep an open mind when viewing these puzzles.

Deformed Circles

Design patterns make the circles appear to be distorted.

Deformed circle illusion

Rotating Silhouette Pirouette

On what leg is the dancer standing? The direction of rotation of silhouettes may be ambiguous. This dancer created by Nobuyuki Kayahara stands on her left leg when she appears to be rotating clockwise, but on her right leg when she appears to rotate counter-clockwise. 

Rotating Silhouette

Blue-Green Illusion.
This image has only three colors. What appears to be blue and green is actually the same color.
The altered perception is caused because the eyes combine adjacent colors.

blue-green illusion

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