7 amazing optical illusions

Richard Wiseman, author of 101 Bets You Will Always Win, made a fun video of seven different illusions. Read the rest

"I'll never trust another trapezoid"

The guy in the cap doesn't get it, but the smart bald guy in glasses knows how it works. From the Bell Science Series film, "Gateways to the Mind" (1958).

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Bonobo's brilliantly claustrophobic music video imagines life indoors

Oscar Hudson directed this delightful music video for Bonobo's song "No Reason," described as "a film about staying indoors." Read the rest

Optical illusion - can you see all 12 black dots at once?

There are twelve black dots in this image. Why can't you see all twelve at the same time?

I replaced the black dots with red dots, and it is easier to see them all at once. Read the rest

Dizzying designs by Peter Kogler seem to warp space

Peter Kogler projects or applies patterns to the surfaces of rooms that can be quite disorienting for anyone who enters. Most of his work uses warped black and white lines to distort the size and shape of floors, walls, and ceilings.

He also makes a lot of cool creations involving images of mice and ants.

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Opitical illusion: paint, or oily legs?

It took me a while to figure out what the deal is with this photo. I thought at first someone coated their thighs in oil. But then I saw it for what it really was. It reminds me of a Necker cube, only for legs. Read the rest

The optical illusion that's momentarily intriguing the internet

wxs.ca/iso/ presents a simple "isometric" field of cubes, Q*Bert-style. Click and drag across it and the cubes will rise and fall in series of waves. They also start to flash wild colors... or do they? Yes, they do! Read the rest

Photos of blue powder look 3D

On Reddit, folks are wondering why these photos of piles of blue powder look like they are 3D. Some don't see the effect, but I do. Read the rest

The two objects are traveling in exactly the same manner

Clifford Pickover says, "Reality shatter. The two objects are traveling in exactly the same manner. Watch when it turns gray."

And this:

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Cube illusion

Here's a fun way on the checker shadow illusion. I don't know where the image file for this is. If anyone knows, please let me know in the comments. Read the rest

Impossible rooftop illusions

Kokichi Sugihara makes 3D optical illusions. He is the creator of the ambiguous cylinders optical illusion that won the 2nd Prize of the 12th Best illusion of the Year Contest 2016. Here's his entry for 2015, which also won second prize. Read the rest

Change this train's direction with your mind

You can make the train appear to move toward you or away from you by imagining it.

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Concentric circles, not a spiral

I had to stare at this for a few minutes. Via Neatorama.

The blue elements in the image above appear to be a arranged in a continuous spiral, but in fact they form a series of concentric circles. Your brain will argue so strongly for a spiral that you may need to run your mouse cursor around the circles a few times to convince yourself.
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Cylinders turn into squares when viewed in mirror

Kokichi Sugihara's Ambiguous Cylinder Illusion was a finalist of the Best Illusion of the Year Contest 2016. Do you know how it works?

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Trippy animated zoom video makes everything you see in the real world recede

After watching Ben Ridgway's "Continuum Infinitum" video, everything I looked at seemed to recede for a while. Ben recommends downloading the video and looping it.

As you watch the movie for a minute or so and then look away, you will experience a mild optical illusion that feels as if everything you look at is shrinking away from you. This is caused by the motion after-effect (MAE). It is a visual illusion experienced after viewing a moving visual stimulus for a time (tens of milliseconds to minutes) with stationary eyes, and then fixating on a stationary stimulus. The stationary stimulus appears to move in the opposite direction to the original (physically moving) stimulus. The motion aftereffect is believed to be the result of motion adaptation.

Neurons coding a particular movement reduce their responses with time of exposure to a constantly moving stimulus; this is neural adaptation. Neural adaptation also reduces the spontaneous, baseline activity of these same neurons when responding to a stationary stimulus. One theory is that perception of stationary objects, for example rocks beside a waterfall, is coded as the balance among the baseline responses of neurons coding all possible directions of motion. Neural adaptation of neurons stimulated by downwards movement reduces their baseline activity, tilting the balance in favor of upwards movement.

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Superduperperspective paintings that trick the eye

"This is an amazing piece of 3D art [by Patrick Hughes and on display at Birmingham Art Gallery] where the closest part of the picture appears to be the furthest away, an optical illusion known as "Reverspective". As you move around the painting, the room in the painting appears to move with you." Read the rest

Cool floating cube illusion

Even after the secret is revealed, I am still fooled!

Make your own by downloading this PDF template. Read the rest

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