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- This is very obviously white and gold.
- It's blue. It's obviously blue.
- I cannot see blue anywhere in that dress.
I don't even know how you could see blue.
- It's all coming at me fast too, trust me.
- It's a fact that you're smarter
if you see it in black and blue.
- You are seeing white and gold?
Where you looking at?
I do't get it.
- Oh, it changed to white and gold!
- Wait, no, you're kidding.
- [Voiceover] This lace bodycon dress
has divided the world and threatened to break the internet.
Millions have weighed in on what color they see the dress,
with around 70% seeing white and gold,
and the rest seeing black and blue.
And yes, the dress is black and blue.
But how is it possible we're all seeing it in
two completely different ways?
Are people lying?
Have we gone mad?
We decided to talk with someone
who looks at color all day.
- When I look at the real dress
of course it's black and blue.
But the picture that's been circulating
is not A, has the same contrast,
and that tells me that there was some
kind of a light that was hitting the dress.
And that light quality is a very warm light.
What we are really looking at
is the light that's reflecting
off of the blacks and the blues.
This is the kind of thing
that we constantly deal with in color.
- [Voiceover] OK, so it is about the color of the light,
but how do different minds interpret the light differently?
We still weren't satisfied.
So we decided to venture out
to UCLA's neuroscience department.
- I think it's much more likely perception,
which is actually to do with the brain.
Our brain is really good at filling in information
that's not actually there.
And so the brain is basing what it sees
on its own interpretation of the image.
OK, and if your brain thinks, I guess,
that this dress should be white and gold
based on its interpretation of the picture itself,
the lighting, the conditions that the picture's
being viewed in,
it's gonna build that image as white and gold.
It goes back to the optical illusion issue.
You expect the square that looks lighter to be lighter
because it's in the pattern where it should be lighter.
You can cut the squares out and put them next to each other
and show you that they are in fact the same color.
But in context, your brain is taking that image
and it's making sense of it.
Everybody's realty is different.
Understanding that what you see
is not necessarily what your neighbor sees,
I think this is a really good example of that.
And so I guess the Latin phrase is
de gustibus non est disputandum,
there's no accounting for taste.
Well in this case there's no accounting for color.
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The Color Of The Dress According To Science

973 Folder Collection
劉十九 published on June 21, 2015
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