Posted: 2017-11-29 23:11
Notice the yellow dots on the side? No, you don''t, because after a few seconds of staring, they''ll begin to blink in and out. They may even disappear for several seconds at a time -- you''ll know that the dots are still there, but your eyes will simply stop seeing them. OK, now imagine the green dot is actually the road you''ve been staring at for an hour, and the disappearing yellow ones are other cars. How many times have you heard phrases like "It came out of nowhere!" or "I never saw it coming!" from people involved in car accidents? Well, there you go.
But here''s the weirdest part: Because these illusions are based on context, how badly they fool you depends on what you''re used to seeing. meaning that city dwellers are more vulnerable to being tricked. On the other hand, if you grew up far from civilization, your brain won''t contain as many images of large, man-made rectangular objects, so it won''t be as easily fooled by these illusions. Then again, in this case, you may just as likely believe that the moon is some godlike being that lives in the sky, so maybe that''s not much better.
The above photograph is an example of the Ponzo illusion , which occurs when an image''s context tricks your brain into seeing size differences. Since the line on the left is supposed to be in the foreground and the line on the right is in the background, your brain insists that the line on the left must be shorter. Here''s another one called the Muller-Lyer illusion -- in this case, the line on the left is actually a little bit shorter, and still looks longer.
For instance, if you know anything about wine, you''re aware of how different experts consider red and white wine to be -- they''re served in different glasses, paired with totally different foods, and kept at different temperatures. Well, in one study , food scientists gathered the members of a London wine club and asked them to describe the flavor of a glass of white wine. At first, they came up with flavors normally associated with that type of wine, like banana, passion fruit, and bell pepper. However, when the scientists took the same wine and colored it red, the tasters suddenly reported flavors associated with red wine. Again, it was the exact same thing they''d just tasted, only with a different color.
Courts have sometimes viewed all passwords as equal, faulting a victim whose partner hacked her Facebook because she had shared an Amazon password with him. The court questioned whether one password could be considered private, given that she had shared other accounts, Rucker explained. “If you share an iCloud account and you’re sharing pictures that way, you’re sharing accounts in the eyes of the court,” Rucker said.
So where have you seen this type of illusion in real life? Just look at the sky at night. When the moon first pops up over the horizon, it looks enormous, but it gradually shrinks over the next few hours, until it''s just a pathetic old thing hanging in the middle of the sky by midnight. That doesn''t mean the moon has suddenly moved farther away from the Earth -- it only looks bigger on the horizon because objects in front of it, such as trees and buildings, create a perspective illusion.
What’s more, Rushing alleges that Disney failed to obtain “verifiable” parental consent. She “never knew,” the complaint says, that Disney “collected, disclosed, or used her child’s personal information” because Disney and its ad tech partners did not provide “any of the required disclosures,” and furthermore “never sought verifiable parental consent” because it never actually provided a mechanism through which consent could be provided.
This illusion shows how your eyes play a huge role in your awareness of your own body parts, which is called proprioception. Proprioception is what allows you to do things like driving without looking at your feet, or typing without seeing your hands on the keyboard. There are a number of illusions that allow you to play around with proprioception, but the most common one is called "drinking lots of booze" -- when you get drunk, your brain gets so screwed up that it momentarily forgets where your nose is. That''s how field sobriety tests work , by the way.
The company’s new “ Continue on PC ” feature is a site sharing tool for both Android and iOS devices. It exists as an app that lives in your device’s “share sheet,” the icon that lets you perform actions like sharing images, sites, or messages to social media services or other apps. Hit your share icon, select “Continue on PC” and watch the page you’re looking at appear on the corresponding screen.
The McGurk effect tends to be minimized when you''re interacting with familiar faces, but it gets worse if you''re dealing with strangers. Things like the way the person is dressed or even what they''re carrying can influence the words you think you hear them say. For instance, in one study, people confused the phrase "He''s got your boot" with "He''s gonna shoot" when viewing a staged video of a man chasing after a woman. This proved that you''re more likely to hear (or believe you hear) someone say the word "boot" if they''re carrying a boot, and you''re more likely to hear (or believe you hear) someone say the word "shoot" if they''re carrying a gun.
It isn’t hard to go from reading an article on your phone to reading it on your laptop. All you need to do is remember where you found it, right? But searching for something you already have in front of you is redundant, especially since companies like Google, Microsoft, and Apple all have ways to take what’s on your phone and bring it to your desktop in an instant. Chances are, with a few settings tweaks, you can enable the feature right now.
The ad tech Disney is said to have embedded in its gaming apps—known as “software development kits” or SDK—is described as having secretly collected the personal information of children using Disney’s apps for tracking their online behavior to “facilitate behavioral advertising or marketing analysis.” These “robust online profiles” include details such as a child’s geographical location, browsing history, and app usage, the suit alleges.
The problem is, your brain doesn''t always make the right call. In the illusion above, it decides that the blue crosses are important because they''re moving, and ignores the yellow dots because they stay in the same place -- but what if you''re in a situation where something only looks stationary because you''re both in motion? And as monotonous as a highway can get, it''s even worse if you''re piloting an aircraft thousands of miles above the ground, where it''s just you and the clouds. This is exactly why pilots are taught to constantly scan the horizon and told not to stare at anything for more than a couple of seconds when they''re in the cockpit. That, and wing-dwelling gremlins.
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“As a company long-engaged in the practice of engaging—and profiting from—children, Disney needs to make sure its games and apps comply with the law,” Michael Sobol, one of the attorneys who filed the lawsuit, said in a statement. “They and the companies they work with always have to obtain verifiable parental consent before extracting kids’ data from their mobile devices when kids play Disney’s mobile apps.”
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So what the hell, brain? Why would this even be a thing that you do, you dick? Well, we''re not really sure. Scientists call this phenomenon motion-induced blindness , and they believe it''s the result of your brain discarding information it thinks is unimportant. Since the world is constantly bombarding you with stimuli (sights, sounds, smells, oncoming trucks), your brain would simply get overwhelmed if it had to process everything. So, it learns to weed out the worthless stuff. That''s why the random people walking down the street around you will barely register in your mind.
Most of us have gone on dates with strangers from the internet at some point. But even if you met your date IRL, it’s a good idea to give them a Google Voice number when you start chatting, Rucker says. Google Voice lets users generate phone numbers for free and use them to set up other secure chat services like WhatsApp or Signal. A user can easily turn off her Google Voice number and get a new one if her date turns out to be a creep—and she won’t have to go to the trouble of changing her real number and redistributing it to all her friends.
But maybe that particular wine club sucked, or was actually full of drunks? Nope, the same experiment has been repeated several times , always with wine experts, and always with the same hilarious results. One time, the victims were oenology students at a French university -- they literally studied wine all day, and they were still fooled by a simple change of color. Another time, one of Spain''s foremost wine tasters took his time to describe the flavor of a glass of white wine dyed red. but only because he was trying to decide which particular red-berry fruit best defined it.
Pretentious wine drinkers aren''t the only ones fooled by this effect. We''ve mentioned before that the color of a glass can affect how hot or cold we perceive the liquid inside to be. Well, in another study, people rated hot chocolate as having a more "chocolaty" flavor when served in an orange or cream-colored cup. And this goes for food, too: People rated strawberry mousse as tasting sweeter if it was served on a white plate versus a black plate.