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What colour is this dress?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Dcc001, Feb 27, 2015.

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What colour is the dress in the first picture?

  1. I'm just here to fuck Binary (changing it up a bit)

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  2. Blue & black

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  3. Bluish-white/grey & gold

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  4. White & gold

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  1. Dcc001

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    http://news.nationalpost.com/2015/02/27 ... ne-debate/

    I saw ^ that popping up all over last night and couldn't even understand what the debate was about. The first picture is clearly bluish-white/gold, the second is blue and black. Like it's the same cut of dress, but offered in two different colours. What's the debate?

    Then a girl in our office swore that BOTH pictures were blue and black. That blows my mind. How do you get 'black' out of the gold areas?

    Focus: What colour is this dress?
     
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    All the articles I've seen had already discussed the debate, and they have scientific breakdowns of why some people see it one way and some see it another. So, when I first heard about it, the first photo I saw was intentionally processed to make everyone see the white / gold version next to the blue / black versions. Meaning, it's difficult to come in and see it unbiased. But, in this picture here:
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    you're telling me that you don't see blue & black?
     
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    THAT picture, absolutely, is dark blue and black.

    The first one in the article is not. IMO.
     
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    I see a blue and black dress in some photos where the white balance seems screwed up.
     
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    Fuck that dress.

    People should be discussing this picture. It is a much better example of how our brains process images.



    Check the spoiler for a more obvious version.

     

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    If those pictures are of the same dress, someone is trolling, and fucked with the lighting, photographic settings, etc.
     
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    The focus, Focus: What colour is this dress?, despite using Canadian spelling, was specific to the dress, not other photos of the dress. The dress is blue and black, not just THAT picture.
     
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    Nail meet head. You've got it, and Juice nailed it in the Rant and Rave thread.
     
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    It came as no surprise to me. A couple of months ago my daughter and I argued via text over a picture of a sweater I sent her that she insisted was green, when in reality it was light pink. Combination of expectations, shitty store lighting, and the mysteries of the human brain.
     
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    I honestly don't see white and gold at all, even in the first picture where everyone tells me they see it. I find the study or whatever you want to call it interesting.
     
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    My son is color blind. It makes things easy. "No really, that's a green (ish) shirt. You're set for wear green to school day. Honest."
     
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    I can't believe so many people are so interested in a silly dress. I mean, all it does is call into question the very nature of observation, reminding us of the fact that our understanding of reality is irrevocably filtered through our ability to perceive it. I don't get what's so interesting about that philosophically fundamental question.
     
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    It is interesting that either can or can't see it. I remember seeing this appear on my twitter last night and didn't quite get why the guys in the NHL were retweeting it. A blue dress who cares, usually whats under it is more interesting. Then I saw on CNN and thought well CNN is full of shit usually so who cares. Its not until I actually looked into the twitter comments that I noticed the controversy. I'm sure in some crappy "I Love the 2010's!" show we'll see this show up again sometime in the future.

    What I'm curious about is I've seen polls saying that there's a 2:1 ratio of people who see gold versus black. I'm really wondering if people who are saying they're seeing gold are going with the crowd or thats what they actually see.
     
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    Added a poll.
     
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    I looked at it and saw a white and gold dress. I'm also colorblind so I wonder if that had any bearing on my perception, even though I'm red and green deficient. When people were saying that they were seeing black, I just felt like I was being punked.
     
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    At first I thought that this was a result of trolls, but the dress in the top picture alternatively looks white/gold and blue/black to me. At first, it was only when I scrolled up to it that it was blue/black, and when I scrolled down to it that it was white/gold. Then, I stared at it without scrolling at all, and it would alternate from blue/black and white/gold. My girlfriend who was looking at it with me swore that it was staying white/gold.

    My dad is colorblind in that he confuses a lot of the red, green, and blue colors. People also tell me that I confuse grey and blue often. So, colorblindness? This is really interesting though and I'd like to see a scientific explanation why.
     
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    I posted one earlier, but basically, the brain isn't just something that shows you what's there, it does a fair bit of interpretation along the way.

    There are some built-in colour correcting effects that the brain does in certain situations, and some people adjust one way, others go the other way.

    This dress just happens to be a really good example of something right on the edge of the "which way do I correct it" line.
     
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    ALL of the men in the house see white and gold.
    *I* see blue and black.


    I'm the one who's color blind, btw.
     
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