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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.

- This is very obviously white and gold.

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The Color Of The Dress According To Science

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    劉十九 posted on 2015/06/21
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