Post Reply Philosophical implications of the dress
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Posted 2/27/15
http://www.vox.com/2015/2/26/8118761/dress-qualia

It actually has a lot to say about the mind/body problem, as well as our whole perceptions of reality versus what is. 9they even mention qualia and nagel's paper, which makes me happy inside)

Feel free to discuss.
Posted 2/27/15
the dress has officially made me question reality.

is the sky really blue? what if it's really gold?

are trees really green?

am having existential crisis, right now

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Posted 2/27/15
I see blue and black. Apparently the actual color of the dress is blue and black.

My eyes see through your BS.
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I didn't know there was anything philosophical to discuss about an optical illusion... ehh, whatever.
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Posted 2/27/15 , edited 2/27/15
I don't know if it's philosophical or just a difference in the physical processing or perception of sensory stimuli.

Some people feel less pain than others from the same injury. That wouldn't really be philosophical, IMO.
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Why do some people see the dress as gold and white?
My theories, either
a) mass post-hypnotic suggestion
b) we are in the matrix, and some people's brains received a garbled file
c) Satan
I dunno, it's black and blue. There may be a few gold threads in the black, but no matter how lightened the picture is, the colour temperature of the lightbulb in the room, or whatever, the blue is blue is blue.
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Posted 2/27/15 , edited 3/3/15
I want to see the dress in person.
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Posted 2/27/15 , edited 2/27/15
I thought this question was answered, and the actual dress is blue and black, and those who saw white and gold had either defective eyes or defective screens.

Sorry. I'm just not much for philosophy really.
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Posted 3/3/15 , edited 3/3/15
I still can't see anything but white and gold whenever i look at the original picture -shrug-
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Posted 3/3/15
bullshit article is bullshit.

Optical illusions are well known, and we already know it's because our brain extrapolates. The brain extrapolates elsewhere--such as filling in our blindspot when we should otherwise see black where our optic nerve is. This particular instance is our brain extrapolating color using white light as a reference (why white light? Because we evolved with a sun, which is white light).

Just point in case:



Both colors on the left and right use the same exact colors. You can double-check in an image program or something (specifically, RGB 113, 94, 58 (orange) and RGB 135, 154, 189 (blue)). The difference is *probably* where we viewed in the image and what we were using as reference for white.

In either case, the fact that our brain has to do this isn't evidence for that somehow humans cannot be reduced to physical and chemical processes.

so, as I said, bullshit article is bullshit.
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Posted 3/3/15

GayAsianBoy wrote:

the dress has officially made me question reality.

is the sky really blue? what if it's really gold?

are trees really green?

am having existential crisis, right now



Isn't the dress and the sky kinda the same thing?

Like why the sky is blue rather than violet.
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