Do You See What I See (in this rock)?

Take a moment to look at this picture I took of a rock from this cliff face on the St. Croix River. When we gaze upon the natural beauty of our world, we often see more than is actually there. Concentrate your visual perception and focus on the image below. Allow your imagination to carve a path in new directions. I let my mind wander as it attended to this picture and discovered a number of fascinating images within this rock. I’ve listed a few of my findings in the polls below the picture. Cast your vote to see if other readers encountered the same pictures within the picture that you spy with (or without) your mind’s eye.

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Are Those Nipples? Oh, They’re Faces!

I overheard these words from a computer illiterate sexagenarian (someone 60-69 yrs old) as his daughter helped him sign up for a Facebook account and he viewed the homepage for the first time. Yep, you read that right.  He said, “Are those nipples? Oh, they’re faces!” I never ever considered that these little yellow icons could be nipples. Now, after hearing that question, I can never look at this page the same way. In addition to the ab-crunching, side-busting laughter I experienced, my mind underwent a perceptual scarring. Maybe I’ll forget about it some day, but I doubt it. How … Continue reading Are Those Nipples? Oh, They’re Faces!

Vote: What Do You See In These Optical Illusions?

We don’t always see the same thing, particularly when it comes to optical illusions. I’ve shared some classic illusions below and ask you to vote on what you saw first in each image. Honestly respond to the poll questions with your initial observation and then compare your results with other readers. Even if you’ve seen some of these on a prior occasion, just respond quickly without taking time to examine the pictures. See how your perceptions compare….

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What’s Your Superpower?

We all have five senses (some say we have a sixth sense); yet, we don’t all have the same five senseslevel of capability when it comes to our use of sight, hearing, taste, smell and touch. Everyone has some level of heightened sensory perception with one or more of his or her senses and some diminished level of ability with others.

I clearly know my strengths and weaknesses regarding my means of perception. Ever since the sixth grade, I knew that perfect vision was something I couldn’t have without corrective lenses (or, the relatively recent development of LASIK). I’ve managed with glasses and contact lenses over the years, but I’ve always been envious of those with 20/20 vision, like my wife, cultural junkie.

I knew my vision was terrible, but I was taken aback during my last visit to the optometrist.

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