So I guess this’ll be my first contribution to the fandom? It’s really been long overdue.
Anyways I’ve been practicing watercolor painting and decided to paint some Bills, because he’s always my go-to for drawing and color practice (and the only thing I know how to draw but that’s besides the point).
I just made these! I will be putting them in John Green books at the library and bookstore!
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When you look at this duck, you may not see the same duck that I see. And those black lines I drew around it could appear to you as different shades of grey.
Yes, I’m going to write about… the dress. It was posted on Tumblr this week and we just can’t agree on whether it’s really blue and black, or white and gold.
When we look out into the world and see something like—a llama—we don’t just see it’s fluffy white and brown coat. The wavelengths of all the light around it, bouncing off the fence, the ground and the field, enter our eyes too.
These wavelengths enter our lenses, hit our retinas and the light rays travel as electrical impulses through optic nerve to our brain’s visual cortex—this process results in us seeing a picture. A picture of a simply adorable, rolling llama.
This system does have individual differences in how we perceive things we see—be it objects or colour.
Previously I’ve spoken about how the differences in our subjective experiences are tied to the different sizes of certain areas in our brain.
In one study, researchers asked participants to judge which of these orange circles is larger. Even though you know these two circles are the same size, it’s almost impossible to see it that way.
Using fMRI, they mapped the participants’ visual cortex. They found those with a larger visual cortex were better at judging the true size of the inner circle, and those with a smaller visual cortex were the least accurate. And they came to the same conclusion using other illusions.
It’s difficult to say why exactly the size of one brain area leads to people being more easily tricked by optical illusions. It could have to do with the concentration of chemical messengers inside the visual cortex. Other studies have found that the magnitude of optical illusions differs in people with autism or in people from different cultures.
Which brings us to… the dress. It’s an individual difference in our vision, but it’s a huge individual difference. And it seems to be consuming everyone as we look at “the dress” again and again and ask, why is it so?
Basically, your brain is trying to correct for the other colours you can see around the dress.
Just like that adorable llama, when the wavelengths from the dress enter you eye, so do the wavelengths of all the light all around us. Your brain subtracts the other wavelengths from the “real” colour of what you’re looking at. In this case, a blue and black dress. Yes, really. IRL, it’s blue and black.
This is where all the drama lama is coming from with “the dress”—our eyes are colour correcting in different ways.
Over at Wired one neuroscientist suggested that some people discount the blue side, so they end up seeing white and gold; and others discount the gold side, so they end up seeing blue and black.
The image seems to hit some kind of perceptual boundary, which makes the individual difference pretty huge.
So you’re just going to have to accept that another person’s visual system gives them different information and their brain processes it differently.
Like honestly I don’t think I’ll ever get over just how dang happy Ford is to have Fiddleford forgive him and call him his friend again.
I mean look at him.
He had resigned himself to Fidds hating him and he thought he’d never be worthy of his forgiveness and you can just see the sense of joy and relief he has over being proven wrong.
I think it can be said without a doubt that Fiddleford was one of the most important people in his life and they cared about each other deeply. So to have his friend back, to earn his forgiveness, and to have it all confirmed in an act that’s as simple and yet powerful as a hug…
It was a short scene and yet I still think it carried so much weight and meaning behind it.