6 amazing optical illusions

Aug 2, 2011 By Abraham 30

In the April 1971 issue of New Scientist magazine, Allan Neil present his new type of optical illusion…

Full scale research has not yet begun on the information-processing mechanisms which respond to the subtle factors in these illusions, but the preliminary studies have not overestimated their importance.

Here are 6 examples of these truly remarkable illusions…

Amazing, huh?

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30 Comments

  1. Matt says:

    I’ve seen most of these before, but I think 6 might not be real. I can’t see any figure to begin with.

    1. Do Doey says:

      Ya think?

      (It’s a joke, everyone can tell this, so instead of looking clever by spotting the “photoshop” you look ridiculous)

      1. Steve says:

        It’s a joke, everyone can tell this, so instead of looking clever by spotting the “comment” you look ridiculous

        1. Do Doey says:

          It’s a joke, everyone can tell this, so instead of looking clever by spotting the “comment” you look ridiculous

          1. pf_flyer says:

            It’s not a joke, though everyone doubts this, so instead of missing the point and looking obdurate, you smile . . and close your eyes . . and see it clear

  2. John Reinert Nash says:

    The rest of the 1971 New Scientist is worth checking out (publication date April 1, 1971, of course). http://books.google.com/books?id=Ge35wKZLmNsC

    On page 26, next to an article talking up the imminent arrival of holographic storage (still waiting….), there’s commentary about the newfangled LEDs: “…[N]o one really knows just how far [the price] must fall before LEDs begin to really bite into the market–some put this at $20 million to 25 million in the United States alone. … Companies in the gas discharge display tube field say ther are not at all concerned.”

  3. Clayton says:

    The key word in #4 is “boxes” – not squares! I think these aren’t optical illusions as much as they’re riddles.

  4. Henry says:

    That’s incredible! I get most of them but that pipe really looks bent and no matter how quick I look away I still can’t see number 6. I even tried wearing a see through blindfold – didn’t work. I think it’s like those sensors you get on the fridge light – they know when you’re looking somehow.

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