A Cool Optical Effect

I saw this image on Facebook and I find it mesmerizing.


Your Thoughts?

About Daniel Fincke

Dr. Daniel Fincke  has his PhD in philosophy from Fordham University and spent 11 years teaching in college classrooms. He wrote his dissertation on Ethics and the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche. On Camels With Hammers, the careful philosophy blog he writes for a popular audience, Dan argues for atheism and develops a humanistic ethical theory he calls “Empowerment Ethics”. Dan also teaches affordable, non-matriculated, video-conferencing philosophy classes on ethics, Nietzsche, historical philosophy, and philosophy for atheists that anyone around the world can sign up for. (You can learn more about Dan’s online classes here.) Dan is an APPA  (American Philosophical Practitioners Association) certified philosophical counselor who offers philosophical advice services to help people work through the philosophical aspects of their practical problems or to work out their views on philosophical issues. (You can read examples of Dan’s advice here.) Through his blogging, his online teaching, and his philosophical advice services each, Dan specializes in helping people who have recently left a religious tradition work out their constructive answers to questions of ethics, metaphysics, the meaning of life, etc. as part of their process of radical worldview change.

  • a miasma of incandescent plasma

    You should probably stay away from this website then if you want to get anything done…

  • Sastra

    Must … read … ‘Camels … With … Hammers’ … Must … read…

  • Paul Hunter

    Interesting brain or optical effect; it would be interesting to know the physiological reason?

  • josh

    Just guessing here, but it seems to me my brain is thinking the circle is out of focus and continually trying to make adjustments that would bring it in to focus. Maybe the pixelated space surrounding the fuzzy circle convinces your brain that there should be a point of clear resolution.

  • Tigger_the_Wing

    It’s got a regular pattern surrounded by a random pattern, that at first glance looks like it’s made of big blurry pixels in the middle and a small black-and-white pixels around the outside but then immediately resolves into gradations of white through various shades of grey to black. It’s also fascinating to see the little randomness at the conjuction of the two patterns; is this an artifact of digitalisation?

  • http://itsmyworldcanthasnotyours.blogspot.com WMDKitty

    Gwuh. *stares*

  • http://freethoughtblogs.com/camelswithhammers Daniel Fincke

    You’re getting verrry thinky…

  • Hercules Grytpype-Thynne

    You might also like the illusion labeled “Seal” on this page.

  • judykomorita

    The inner circle just seems like it’s shaking, and “behind” the pixelated square. Headache, anyone?

  • Artor

    Damn you for that link! It’s a good thing today isn’t a workday…