by David on Friday, December 28th, 2012. Bright Ideas
I get so excited when I stumble across a video like this. The human brain is a fairly lazy organ, as it goes; in fact it MUST be lazy. It allows us to take shortcuts and make snap decisions about our surroundings. When we see the headlights of a car coming towards us at night, for instance, we don’t stop and say “I can’t see a car coming, only the lights, so I should be safe enough”. Instead, our brain makes an instantaneous shortcut that allows us to stay safe – it assumes that there is a car behind the lights.
Exactly the same thing is happening in this video. To save mental processing power, our brains make the assumption that everything is as our eyes would suggest we are seeing. Further investigation proves though, that this is just not the case.
Did it fool you? Let me know in the comments below, and remember to share any that you’ve found yourself!