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awesome optical illusion

This is just too cool. Had to share (from Richard Wiseman's blog):


Click the image to see the blog entry.

Poll #1446409 awesome optical illusion

What do you see in this image?

Concentric circles.
22(43.1%)
A spiral.
15(29.4%)
Lots of little boxes that beckon me back to my home universe.
9(17.6%)
Ah, my eyes! I'm blind!
5(9.8%)

Best,
Chris

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mckitterick
Aug. 20th, 2009 06:09 pm (UTC)
That's actually what I saw first, too. I meant to put this in as an option:

"Interlocking Spirograph-type design"

But I clicked "post poll" too soon, and one can't edit 'em.
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amysisson
Aug. 20th, 2009 06:44 pm (UTC)
I wish I still had mine!

It's funny, while I knew it was concentric circles, my eyes really did see "spiral".
scarlettina
Aug. 20th, 2009 06:17 pm (UTC)
I'm seeing a spirograph-like thing, too. I clicked "spiral" because it seemed closest.
countrycousin
Aug. 20th, 2009 09:02 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I'd probably have gone with "Interlocking Spirograph-type design". What I actually saw was a circle where I looked and spirals outside. That morphed to circles when I looked at them directly. Weird.
desperance
Aug. 20th, 2009 06:15 pm (UTC)
Exactly that. I have tracked them with my eyes, and I know they are circles - but God, my head does not wish to accept that. It is bloody hard to look upon...
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queenmomcat
Aug. 20th, 2009 06:20 pm (UTC)
"All of the above"/"none of the above" are often useful additions to polls.
drpaisley
Aug. 21st, 2009 12:55 am (UTC)
Along with the ever-popular "I wish to complain about this poll." And "clicky!"
holyoutlaw
Aug. 20th, 2009 06:23 pm (UTC)
I can see the concentric circles, but have to work at it. And even if I follow the third-in circle carefully, it's difficult for me to resolve as a circle.
clevermanka
Aug. 20th, 2009 06:25 pm (UTC)
I understand the mechanics/illusion of the spiral, but I don't see it, myself. Seeing the concentric circles comes more naturally, but mostly what I see are little boxes, arranged in circular shapes.
nottygypsy
Aug. 20th, 2009 06:32 pm (UTC)
This
clevermanka
Aug. 20th, 2009 06:40 pm (UTC)
GMTA!
silverfae
Aug. 21st, 2009 02:56 am (UTC)
Since I tend to look at the center of things first, I saw the first ring and knew concentric circles, but it was fun to also "see" the spirals in the box patterns.
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tully01
Aug. 20th, 2009 09:02 pm (UTC)
My eyes "see" the spriograph efect, but my brain knows it's circles.

And both are calling me back to my home universe before I go blind.
dragonet2
Aug. 20th, 2009 09:29 pm (UTC)
I saw it already
Maybe on Bad Astronomer, so I know what's going on with it.

So I'm standing down from the poll.
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newroticgirl
Aug. 21st, 2009 12:48 am (UTC)
I saw the spiral first, then traced it with my mouse and saw that it was circles!! Mind = boggled. ;) Now I'm gonna stare at it until I figure out how it works.....
garyomaha
Aug. 21st, 2009 12:01 pm (UTC)
I am going to say this only because it has such fond memories for me, and perhaps at least one other person on your list will also have the recollection:

It looks to me strikingly similar to the old ABC American Contemporary Radio logo of the 60s-70s.


Edited at 2009-08-21 12:01 pm (UTC)
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