Art and science

May 24, 2007

Now I’m feeling giddy. I’ve just been looking at the finalists in the Best Visual Illusion of the Year finalists. The winner is an extraordinarily simple illusion.

For an explanation of why the tower on the right appears to lean more than the identical one on the left see the relevant page on the Best Illusion website. There are many other fascinating illusions on the site, each with an explanation of how they work. Ah. Art and Science in perfect harmony.

By the way, don’t be tempted to delve further into the Neural Correlate Society unless you understand phrases like “the thalamocortical microcircuits generate all the different receptive field structures”!

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