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November 20 2012

Optical Illusions Show How We See


Imagine...as you wake later than usual rolling over towards the window, you notice that it's a gorgeous day outside. Warm, yellow sunlight shines in through glass illuminating floating "dust angles." On the other side of the glass, past the oak tree with yellowing leaves, you see a brilliant blue sky. For the first time it occurs to you that a blue sky is a contradiction: the sky at night is devoid of color, so why during the day does the world seem to be shrouded in a blanket of blue? Years previously as a child full of questions you asked your parents, but the answer they offered seemed somehow inadequate at the time...less than magical. And so the question remains...as it does the most of us.

The answer is this: The sky isn't actually colored at all (not blue or yellow or red or green). Rather, it's your mind that's colored.

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