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The Escherian Stairwell: Building a Modern Myth

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Random House interview with Michael Lacanilao http://penguinrandomhouse.ca/hazlitt/blog/secret-impossible-stairwell Sound On Sight Q&A with Michael Lacanilao http://www.soundonsight.org/interview-michael-lacanilao-and-the-escherian-stairwell/
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yuda Dicki (9 days ago)
Who is here after watching Captain D debunking this video?
Secret Identity (16 days ago)
Ok
Secret Identity (16 days ago)
You fake
Akshay Saini (18 days ago)
After the shot, how they got out of this marvellous creation? FAKE
Amano Yuuji (22 days ago)
For truth visit this https://youtu.be/eLAwG7CjF_k
aladdin binnetov (2 months ago)
baldi
aladdin binnetov (2 months ago)
*#*$*#**#* + #**$*@*#*#* =?
aladdin binnetov (2 months ago)
*=*
aladdin binnetov (2 months ago)
:/
aladdin binnetov (2 months ago)
???
aladdin binnetov (2 months ago)
why
Kei Tan (2 months ago)
🤔👏
SHER SINGH (3 months ago)
this is still mysterious for mi
G!sy (3 months ago)
Lol what. So was it fake or not?
J Squad Vlogs (5 days ago)
G!sy it was fake
Faisal Ahamed (3 months ago)
I Salute you
Michael Lacanilao (3 months ago)
I salute you back, sir
Its Husky (3 months ago)
2+2=4, 4 has one syllable, 4+1=5 which concludes with 2+2=5
mikayowtee (3 months ago)
Here.. watch Captain Disillusion deconstruct the myth https://youtu.be/eLAwG7CjF_k
Colin (3 months ago)
Great editing
Gamer (4 months ago)
Thanks to Captain D
Sunil Kumar (4 months ago)
It real or fake that's another story..but in India it is made centuries ago.. please check Gingee fort steps in Google..
Jamal McCann (4 months ago)
0:31-0:33 he didn't disappear he got stuck on his own stairs.
Peter John Martin (4 months ago)
Calling captain disillusion
Bright Light (4 months ago)
To make it clear go to master disillusion it's clear it's fake
Cyclops (4 months ago)
I know what I wanna do if I ever visit this staircase Throw down a ball and see if it falls down the staircase and comes back down from the upper staircase then I’ll kno if it’s fake or not
Michael Lacanilao (4 months ago)
It totally comes back around! We actually shot this
Armazillo (4 months ago)
Music loud as fuck dude
AG_Knight (4 months ago)
Hell IT is NOT real This is...: https://youtu.be/eLAwG7CjF_k (wow all OF that YEARS to got it lol)
Buttons On Balloons (4 months ago)
I built a real one. No bs... actually made two... https://youtu.be/nP0pIXDebOc @thejessemontero on instagram to see both
James Edwards (5 months ago)
Rick and morty will know
Arcadium's Brew (5 months ago)
All this shit for a bunch of stairs
mustafa ozel (5 months ago)
www.m-merdiven.com
loki (5 months ago)
2+2 is 4 -1 that's 3 quick mafs
Turk Al Noaimi (5 months ago)
"The man who fooled the world"
pcs gaming (6 months ago)
Mga pilipino labas
Czeckie (6 months ago)
who's this kid taking credit for the old documentary? people, stop believing every scamer on the internet. The stairs are real, I was there at Rochester, it's a fun illusion, no magic.
Roth Roth (6 months ago)
love with your heart, use your head for everything else
Michael Lacanilao (6 months ago)
LOL
Clank boss (6 months ago)
haha
Lugh The MVP (6 months ago)
who else is here from Captain disillusion ?
Clank boss (6 months ago)
mE
A Brave Soul (6 months ago)
Why does he have to jump for the first step? @2.38
Super Spider (6 months ago)
I’m still very very confused someone please explain.
dan derek (6 months ago)
Super Spider this is social media experiment how people affected by they read views in internet think before you believe because not all of them is true the truth is you cannot go down when climbing up and you cannot go on top when you going down sorry for my bad english.
Forgotten Syrup (6 months ago)
you're actually the worst troll that's ever existed.
Andrew Creel (6 months ago)
Super Mario 64 anyone?
w23857980 (6 months ago)
So, the whole world is fake.
Incenerater (7 months ago)
Plot twist...He made this video to make us think that it isn't real....🤯🤯🤯
TrueLife (7 months ago)
When i first saw the video i was skeptical at first that the video was fake so I looked it up on Google. Turns out it is true because you planted evidence to support it. Thing is many people (like me) fall prey easily to Consensus Reality - when everyone believes that it is true, then it must be true. I do hope that this video would change people's perspective of reality. 👍❤️
depressed man (7 months ago)
this is basically Metropolis/Press Garden in a nutshell
Lord Sheogorath (7 months ago)
The original fake news.
muhammed lamy p.j (7 months ago)
0:24 note the tube light ..it is there on the right ..not on left ...therefore there is two landing used in the video
Risul Raj (7 months ago)
The illusion is not in the stare . It is in roof
syed firdaus (7 months ago)
I cant brain
سومر Nxn (7 months ago)
سبحان الله
Hanifa Sk (7 months ago)
আরে গাঁজাখোর তুইযে একটা কাগজ টুকরো ফেললি ওটাছিলো 2তালা আর মদখোররে মত বুজাছি ওটাশেষবার দেখেছি 3 তালাই তুদের মত গাঁজাখোর রাই বুছবে
AndresM (7 months ago)
2030. #thinkWithPortals
Daniel Perez (7 months ago)
Can you imagine being high asf and walking these stairs
Michael Lacanilao (7 months ago)
Daniel Perez hahah
chillbill216 (8 months ago)
The 4 sided triangle is possible. Look at the Great Pyramid. Actually the Great Pyramid is 8 sided, but appears 4 sided. What is so hard about a 4 sided triangle I have no idea.
roozbe Ghasemi (8 months ago)
Stairs to my office..before i realize day is over i get back at it :(
Darth Vader (8 months ago)
Future Threadmill Be Like
Darth Vader (8 months ago)
Sharingan!!!!
attovishnu (8 months ago)
Meh, fake Phd mofos. Keep em dumb, they're easier to control and manipulate.
Michael Lacanilao (8 months ago)
What are you even talking about?
Jason G (8 months ago)
Where tf is this documentary at man i wanna watch in its entirety
Michael Lacanilao (8 months ago)
Jason G Thanks Jason! We're working on it. Got delayed for budgetary reasons.
othman tayach (8 months ago)
Is that scp 087 b stairwell?
Jed Arldrian Fenis (8 months ago)
They shall throw a ball
James Newman (8 months ago)
Tf was the point? You just make more misinformation in the world. Thats like the opposite of helping move science forward.... thanks....
Michael Lacanilao (8 months ago)
I've posted a version of this elsewhere, but it may be worth recounting it here. (It's also worth noting that this project started as an MFA thesis in 2012, and so it anticipated the 'fake news' era in a lot of ways.) We're interested in what this project may say about our culture. Our hope is not actually to fool people into believing anything, but to challenge audiences to think. The seed of the idea began from the anxiety that the internet may have become too huge, not just in its breadth, but in how it has run our lives. Have we become too reliant on it? Are we apt to rely on Google to tell us the truth instead of on our own critical thinking? We wanted to take something that could be disproven by pure reason alone and then build a wealth of online information around it claiming that it is true. We could have picked anything. We could have made a fake news report claiming that scientists and mathematicians at MIT have announced that they have "discovered a new number." The number exists between five and six, and they are calling it the number 'spleen.' (This is actually an SNL joke.) We might also have said that after years of research, a Rutgers professor has managed to create a square with five sides. Or that a mathematical theorist in Arizona has proven that 2 + 3 can actually equal 8. All it would take for anyone to disprove any of these claims would be to simply think about it for a moment. You don't even need empirical evidence! Given what we mean by the word "square," and given what we mean by the term "five sides," there could never be a square with five sides. Even with unlimited resources and time, such a thing could never be invented. We know this based on logic alone (in philosophy, this is called "a priori knowledge"). Another example: based simply on what we mean by the word "married," and based simply on what we mean by the word "bachelor," there will never, ever, ever be a married bachelor. Again, we know this by pure reason alone. Likewise, one cannot "ascend to the bottom" or "descend to the TOP," as one would in the Escherian Stairwell. We can distinguish these logical impossibilities from claims that the Yeti exists or that the Hoverboard has been invented, in that one cannot simply disprove the Yeti or the Hoverboard using reason alone. The Yeti and the Hoverboard are at least conceivable in a way that a five-sided square is not. With unlimited resources and time, it is plausible that the Hoverboard could one day be invented. So the claim that the Hoverboard exists, while untrue, is not logically impossible. The idea with our project was to take one of the logical impossibilities, make a fake show claiming its truth, execute it with rigorous realism incorporating the contributions of some amazing actors, and create other online materials that support its veracity. Will people actually believe it? Even if simply taking a moment to think about it is the only proof you need to show that it is false? (In 2012, these were legitimate, concerning questions. In 2018, the answer seems obvious.) Like you, I do worry about our culture's mindless consumption of information. I think it would be tragic if humanity were to eventually abandon its powers of reasoning. So this project is actually a response to that anxiety. Our hope is that this project will allow us to learn some things about the internet age and perhaps, ourselves. Here are a couple of articles on the project (with interviews): http://penguinrandomhouse.ca/hazlitt/blog/secret-impossible-stairwell http://www.soundonsight.org/interview-michael-lacanilao-and-the-escherian-stairwell/
hirendra madavi (8 months ago)
most stupid person you're
resty lising (8 months ago)
what about twins
Hikaru Skins (8 months ago)
i didnt expect this could work
KarL Erikson (8 months ago)
Such a stairwell actually exist or at least it did at one time , my father took my sister and I to this stairwell in the early 1960's before RIT moved in 1968.
Michael Lacanilao (8 months ago)
KarL Erikson Thanks so much for sharing those memories! So awesome
Chad Holt (8 months ago)
Just put stairs going up then put a wall then stairs going up on the other side of the wall then you would go up then down then up then down it's simple really
Roy Burnacoven (8 months ago)
So a bunch of rich people traffic kids to harvest their adrenal glands to get high and no one believes it because of fake news like this. Looking for a new high?
Michael Lacanilao (8 months ago)
I've posted a version of this elsewhere, but it may be worth recounting it here. (It's also worth noting that this project started as an MFA thesis in 2012, and so it anticipated the 'fake news' era in a lot of ways.) We're interested in what this project may say about our culture. Our hope is not actually to fool people into believing anything, but to challenge audiences to think. The seed of the idea began from the anxiety that the internet may have become too huge, not just in its breadth, but in how it has run our lives. Have we become too reliant on it? Are we apt to rely on Google to tell us the truth instead of on our own critical thinking? We wanted to take something that could be disproven by pure reason alone and then build a wealth of online information around it claiming that it is true. We could have picked anything. We could have made a fake news report claiming that scientists and mathematicians at MIT have announced that they have "discovered a new number." The number exists between five and six, and they are calling it the number 'spleen.' (This is actually an SNL joke.) We might also have said that after years of research, a Rutgers professor has managed to create a square with five sides. Or that a mathematical theorist in Arizona has proven that 2 + 3 can actually equal 8. All it would take for anyone to disprove any of these claims would be to simply think about it for a moment. You don't even need empirical evidence! Given what we mean by the word "square," and given what we mean by the term "five sides," there could never be a square with five sides. Even with unlimited resources and time, such a thing could never be invented. We know this based on logic alone (in philosophy, this is called "a priori knowledge"). Another example: based simply on what we mean by the word "married," and based simply on what we mean by the word "bachelor," there will never, ever, ever be a married bachelor. Again, we know this by pure reason alone. Likewise, one cannot "ascend to the bottom" or "descend to the TOP," as one would in the Escherian Stairwell. We can distinguish these logical impossibilities from claims that the Yeti exists or that the Hoverboard has been invented, in that one cannot simply disprove the Yeti or the Hoverboard using reason alone. The Yeti and the Hoverboard are at least conceivable in a way that a five-sided square is not. With unlimited resources and time, it is plausible that the Hoverboard could one day be invented. So the claim that the Hoverboard exists, while untrue, is not logically impossible. The idea with our project was to take one of the logical impossibilities, make a fake show claiming its truth, execute it with rigorous realism incorporating the contributions of some amazing actors, and create other online materials that support its veracity. Will people actually believe it? Even if simply taking a moment to think about it is the only proof you need to show that it is false? (In 2012, these were legitimate, concerning questions. In 2018, the answer seems obvious.) Like you, I do worry about our culture's mindless consumption of information. I think it would be tragic if humanity were to eventually abandon its powers of reasoning. So this project is actually a response to that anxiety. Our hope is that this project will allow us to learn some things about the internet age and perhaps, ourselves. Here are a couple of articles on the project (with interviews): http://penguinrandomhouse.ca/hazlitt/blog/secret-impossible-stairwell http://www.soundonsight.org/interview-michael-lacanilao-and-the-escherian-stairwell/
James Shiflett (8 months ago)
So is that colleges do? Teach people how to defraud others? Hmmm... now see if you can make your college loans disappear.
Christopher Dibbs (8 months ago)
So this whole thing was a prank? On YouTube??
Kynslie B (8 months ago)
Bill bye the science guy
Tarun Bhatt (8 months ago)
If it would be real, then from where do they reach the stairs. Cause they can't come from below, that would mean they would be coming from the top.
fridaythe13thpartx (9 months ago)
Right up there with the tale of the wild baloney and the peanut butter surprise party.
Michael Lacanilao (9 months ago)
fridaythe13thpartx Haven't heard of those
abdul wadood (9 months ago)
0:25 look at tube light on the front of both floors...
Muhammet Kayhan (9 months ago)
Hello ı am türk
Michael Swanson (9 months ago)
Why is their no profile view relative to a normal stairwell shown? HOW is this accomplished? All any of these videos show are the same reaction to walking it but no visual or diagram that shows how it was constructed.
PowerOf One (9 months ago)
FFFFFAAAAAAAAAAKKKKKKKKEEEEEEEEEEE
Copndonuts (9 months ago)
well if its not fake, just throw a ball down the stairway and it will reappear at the top of the stairway.
Peter Nicholls (9 months ago)
How to create fake reality and gas light the internet
Ghostface killah (9 months ago)
Its a tv show magic trick. A trick where the whole audience is in on it but the people who are watching it from their TV have no idea what's going on
bigbassjonz (9 months ago)
What is happening
Dank Buds (9 months ago)
So north Korean propaganda?
avalanchesoul (9 months ago)
When I saw the other video I knew it would be bullshit.
Stephen Henley (10 months ago)
It’s a “hoax”...this isn’t a new concept
Michael Lacanilao (10 months ago)
So insightful of you. Congratulations
Biswajit Maity (10 months ago)
this is a fake
Sharpo (10 months ago)
Brilliant!
Michael Lacanilao (10 months ago)
Sharpo much love!
Jonny boy (10 months ago)
Soo what was the point of this???
Jonny boy (10 months ago)
Interesting, I know I should read the artical but did you guys find a way to "move forward" from this experiment?
Michael Lacanilao (10 months ago)
Hmm..not really trying to 'teach' people. The project is an examination of our culture and I suppose it invites others to partake in that self-evaluation, to figure out this mess that we've found ourselves in as consumers of media, and to reflect on how we, as individuals and as a society, can come out of it and move forward.
Jonny boy (10 months ago)
Michael Lacanilao so are you trying to teach people not to trust people? I think teaching them honesty would do better for the world, but i suppose that's a much harder task so I will give you a thumbs up.
Michael Lacanilao (10 months ago)
Jonny boy See the articles linked in the description. But it's a project that examines the manipulability of information and challenges viewers to think critically about what they see and hear.
Ashiqul Islam (10 months ago)
fake
Alper Yılmaz (10 months ago)
bir bok anlamadım lan böyle merdiven yapanın amacı ne?
Red Chilly (10 months ago)
Your music is too loud
Michael Lacanilao (10 months ago)
Thanks for watching and I'm happy you found it interesting. I'm sorry you had a difficult time hearing and understanding some sections--other people have mentioned the same issur. I'll keep what you said in mind for next time. Thanks so much again :)
Red Chilly (10 months ago)
ok, then its then no problem!!! but I was hearing on the headphone were I found narration part was overriding by music thus misses the clarity. since the topic was interesting and it made hard to listen to. Thanks n Regards
Michael Lacanilao (10 months ago)
Red Chilly I'm ok with it, actually
Rakesh Kumar (10 months ago)
Plot Twist : Christian Bale in The Prestige
EDWARD Hendersen (10 months ago)
What if there's a fire drill ?
Роман (10 months ago)
https://youtu.be/h5rdskfNB-A
Chris May (10 months ago)
Its not real....
Ashish Sharma (10 months ago)
Thanks for clarification bro, but I knew it from the very beginning that it is not possible. When one of my friend told me about it for the first time and showed the video and told about the evidenses, I was not convinced, because it defies logic, no matter what videos they have or eye witness they have, but it was no where logical. I knew without even a single doubt that it was fake.
I am a person (10 months ago)
HOW??!! Wait... it's fake isn't it...
HailAnts (10 months ago)
Meh, all coloreds look alike...
Michael Lacanilao (10 months ago)
Lol.. feeling insecure much? Having a rough day? Pretty easy being racist behind a screen name, huh?
Jesse Ayala (10 months ago)
Wait is it real or fake?
Nath Henn (10 months ago)
The music, No!
Michael Nesbitt (10 months ago)
Just take the elevator
Prashant Prabhakar (10 months ago)
So you mean to say that Big Shaq 2+2 = 4 - 1 = 3 QUICK MATHS is wrong ?

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