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Optical illusions show how we see | Beau Lotto

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http://www.ted.com Beau Lotto's color games puzzle your vision, but they also spotlight what you can't normally see: how your brain works. This fun, first-hand look at your own versatile sense of sight reveals how evolution tints your perception of what's really out there. TEDTalks is a daily video podcast of the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world's leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes. TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design, and TEDTalks cover these topics as well as science, business, development and the arts. Closed captions and translated subtitles in a variety of languages are now available on TED.com, at http://www.ted.com/translate. Watch a highlight reel of the Top 10 TEDTalks at http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/top10 Follow us on Twitter http://www.twitter.com/tednews Checkout our Facebook page for TED exclusives https://www.facebook.com/TED
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Alex Jackson-Smith (1 day ago)
This is just a regurgitation of the work Kodak did back in the 60's I think....
lee Roberts (2 days ago)
But the truth is color and shapes are manufactured in our brains
Panda Pirate (5 days ago)
Is it just me or did he just take like 19 minutes to explain what anybody with vision already knows. Of course colors influence other colors and the level of light plays into it as well. TED talks are getting worse and worse.
Devoe James (1 day ago)
h8n
Dan Columbo (7 days ago)
Everything is always there. Light shows it. Solved.
Anthony N (8 days ago)
You may think his shirt is unbuttoned quite a bit, but when you include the context of his shirt only having 3 buttons, you'll realize that what you perceived to be reality was simply just a limitation of your senses.
Monte Carlo (15 days ago)
Putting me back in all this confusion.
Boot (16 days ago)
This dude is the origin of the Brain Games show.
hofifut (17 days ago)
well, a guy gives us a talk about optical illusions then says in his first demonstration about the colored circles "OK, so 3 even splits". Uh dude.... there wasn't 3 even slips. Most of the people chose the grey. And very few chose the green. Yet he fools himself by saying roughly about the same amount of people chose the different colors
Qusin111 (19 days ago)
I would not recommend anyone watch this one, I found this one tainted
max modenessi (25 days ago)
This confused me and bored me to no end... by that I mean I was bored for 3 days after I watched this
Imran K (27 days ago)
Great philosophy
Jake Glassmoyer (28 days ago)
Life and experiences are all unique to each persons perspective.
Fabricio Zarate Suarez (29 days ago)
I couldn't see the predator because I had subtitles turned on for some reason😅😅
David Sfwriter (1 month ago)
Why is this the only Youtube video I've watched today that has no sound? WTF?
Smartphone Phone (1 month ago)
That camera man is a legend
pahis1 (1 month ago)
10:55 now you know why it's called honey. Marketing. Bee vomit wouldn't sell.
sweiland75 (1 month ago)
Beau Lotto sounds like a made up name.
merry chase (1 month ago)
Yep, the shirt is a silly, manipulative trick.
I'm not saying he's been tweaked & awake for a day or two -he just looks, sounds & acts like he has. SLOW DOWN please. I had to keep pausing or repeating certain bits to see what everyone else was seeing. FINALLY I played it at .75. WORKS!! A POINTER would go a long way in directing viewers to exactly which bits objects he's referring to.
Robert Elliott (1 month ago)
THIS IS MENTAL ABUSE! I'M CALLING PETA!
Lar Kirby (1 month ago)
He couldn't see his shirt button
ZbReW1 (1 month ago)
the experiment at 5:30 doesn't work for me, even after stopping the video and doing calmly for a minute, the image i see then is the exact same i've saw at start, no changes.. yea, i'm different! :D (all the others works "fine")
Mo Jo (1 month ago)
Anyone else hear that US traffic is responsible for 40% of air pollution in the advert at the end of the video? Is that an illusion?
Oliver Andersson (1 month ago)
357 people are stupid.
jay mon (2 months ago)
You are watching this on a monitor, don't feel bad for getting it wrong.
heestenhats (2 months ago)
i like ketchup
iceland77 (2 months ago)
Fun fact: this guy is 9 years older now. (source: am alternate mod of r/maths)
Andrew Galloway (2 months ago)
this guys a joke ... at 4:25 he means 'data' is meaningless, until we do something with it, then it's information.
Andrew Galloway (2 months ago)
wtf with the dots at the start ? ...
Ron Wylie (2 months ago)
IF he is ever really famous Kevin Bacon could play him easily lol. great teacher
Ron Wylie (2 months ago)
It used to be the case that the more intelligent a person was their dress code disappeared lol, this man loved what he does, and he doesn't need to waste a single second on clothing choice
Jacek Masterofalltrades (2 months ago)
Bravo,enlightening demonstration;tells the power of our brain.mind making up stories about the world around...all religious tales pail by comparison..
ale t (2 months ago)
wasted 18:59 precious minutes
Andrew Blackamore (2 months ago)
Having check the spectrum of the dots on the board ( (0;30 ) even the gary dots on the white board are a lighter colour 48485d on black and 535067 on white , clearly showing the two board are light differently, so you cheated !
dream believer (2 months ago)
Ahh.. The bee matrix. An experiment just like we are in.. Cool
Glen Bartholomew (2 months ago)
Were these two videos related. Was the research that Lotto does helpful for the computers interpreting the optics from the cameras?
GoodSeens GS (2 months ago)
"If there is uncertainty, there is room for understanding." That sounds a lot like this, "The Power Of Doubt." http://www.writerscafe.org/writing/dw817/1203704/
Jim Y (2 months ago)
Can you talk just a little bit faster?
Vladimir Trump (2 months ago)
pretty much meaningless stuff..
Jan (2 months ago)
Fantastic
Carrie W (2 months ago)
Why is that one douche bag camera guy standing dead center of the stage? Lol
Want (2 months ago)
Good night and good day everyone!
Miss Vanjie (2 months ago)
I should not have watched this high.
Linh Nguyễn (3 months ago)
so... is that an illusion? the last one with the lights
Dave B (3 months ago)
The red and green panels don' train your brain to see another color, he's incorrect. It's a chemical change occurring on the retina, where the red receptors are desensitized through oversaturation, and so with the green on the left. It doesn't become your new normal, as it really has nothing to do with the brain. I leaned this decades ago.
Mack Darwinian (3 months ago)
so deaf people cant see light?
William Zhang (3 months ago)
They put in a state of the art IBM OCR system in Stockholm so only the richest people who don't mind paying the charge can drive?
Daniel Pilgaard (3 months ago)
bs swedes taxing everything
GhANeC (3 months ago)
safe to say this person has above average intelligence
Lilie Naira Santasilia (3 months ago)
WOAUW <3
Diane Watson (3 months ago)
I find it strange that his shirt is that unbuttoned while giving this kind of presentation.
S B (3 months ago)
stockholm is a tiny place. implement this in america which is rougly 50000x larger and you get issues very quickly. when our 1 country is almost as large as all of europe, well of course we will produce a large percentage of the worlds pollution. its like saying "breaking news, russia makes up a large percentage of snow covered land." a bigger bowl can hold more water essentially.
HydrogenWizard (3 months ago)
To bad about the communism promo at the end, I wanted to share the video
Rusty Shacklefurt (3 months ago)
I was created...not "evolved"
Dave wallace (3 months ago)
But, we don't see through our eyes...they are just lenses that pass light to the brain. How can we possibly know what is real? If it's just light at different frequencies, then what we actually see is the 'illusion of life'....mind blown.
Sylvester Stallone (3 months ago)
I didn't see any color difference with the desert scene test
Luis Montalvo (3 months ago)
Dude.... U r clueless. No one learn nothing at all
Buck E (3 months ago)
Button ur shirt up bro
Hannah Holycross (3 months ago)
we get it our eyes are stupid and can be easily tricked. This video has made me feel like a failure. Thanks a lot Beau. I am truly traumatised by this video. Not from the fact that my eyes were constantly scammed throughout the video, but the fact that your shirt was not buttoned. COVER YOUR CHEST. BUTTON YOUR SHIRT, NOW!!! the only illusion is this video is the fact that you have no chest hair.
Tycho Wozniaki (3 months ago)
He should have explained the desert picture more. It's incredible how many people in this comment section don't understand that it should be inverted.
May Floydweather (4 months ago)
Lol at the start when everyone said grey but he said it was an even split
goosecouple (4 months ago)
The central air broken.
goosecouple (4 months ago)
Human eyes cannot see the truth of the universe.
Norfolk250 (4 months ago)
14 minute mark - sounds like an excerpt from The Big Snit
Larry B (4 months ago)
The cross-modality stuff (visual to auditory) is absurd crap. AUDITORY is TEMPORAL, whereas the visual scene is essentially static in time...NOTHING in common. You can't translate one modality to another, without mind altering drugs at least. No one with a normally functioning brain "sees" sounds or hears colors...anymore than you can reasonably describe a taste as "magenta".
staggering pain (4 months ago)
So can colourblind peeps see dead people better than those with normal eyes.
Jun Li (4 months ago)
His shirt is a way too casual. Showing unrespectful to the audience.
soupflood (4 months ago)
At 6:23 i saw the left desert image red, and the right desert image green. Anyone else?
Ruben Orefice (4 months ago)
Now imagine that everything you have learned from chilhood is not real but an approximation of reality to make sense of what you have experienced, to make it useful for you
Robert Byers (4 months ago)
Its wrong to say there is no inherent meaning in information. The info is real and created by god or a distortion from it. The world is real. All these illusions only show we simply watch our memory. So the memory edits things a wee bit. Our senses send the true info into the memory. Our soul only sees the world by observation of the memory. however the memory preety much gets the real world right. only edited for trivial reasons.
Free Wolf (5 months ago)
For me the desert scene didn't change at all. Zero. The spinning diamond didn't change direction. The rest of the video tests did change. Ofc I've always been a freak haha
iambiggus (5 months ago)
Interesting. I paint and do work using a lot of colors, and I had no problem in the first test. The grays still looked like a different shade, but the colors seemed obvious. I wonder if that's something that can be sorta trained into you.
It's ya boi (6 months ago)
This video has been conquered by the VSaucers. Surrender now or become brain food.
Sunite (6 months ago)
I'm pretty sure by 5min in everyboydy's trynna keep up with this man's wokeness lol
Robert Landers (6 months ago)
buy this man a shirt or iron it for him.....he is a slob.
64 bits (6 months ago)
He left me with an existential crisis.
PavelMyth (7 months ago)
Без перевода это малоинтересно.
ChargeD1 The Gamer (7 months ago)
I'm only here for an assignment in class, fml.
Goatvarro (10 months ago)
( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡° ) The dress is black and blue ヽ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡° )ノ ’̿ ̿ ̿̿ ̿'̿'̵͇̿̿з=(ಠ益ಠ)┌∩┐
Marie & Julian Lienhard (11 months ago)
Brilliant
Dark Mark (11 months ago)
Is there a TED talk about the last part where they introduced a smart traffic planning system ?
kris romanczyk (1 year ago)
He prolly took acid lol
Dharmendra Rai (1 year ago)
Christian Bale's country cousin ?
Erastothenes (1 year ago)
50% comments = his shirt50% comments = the red and green illusion
emily reno (1 year ago)
For the desert one, when staring at the dot both the red and green kinda whited out, then when I looked down, I saw red on the wrong side for a split second. And never saw green.
four321zero (1 year ago)
none of these illusions worked on me.
neogovernment (1 year ago)
The wealthy get to drive arround the city in comfort - what a great idea the congestion charge is!
VoeViking (2 months ago)
If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail. All this ignorant bastards know how to do is to tax people.
Glen Bartholomew (2 months ago)
I bet it was the wealthy that voted against the tax.
Francis Lai (2 months ago)
Unfortunately not everything can be fair. Such is life.
Dave K (1 year ago)
The fact that you are disturbed the way he wears his shirt tells us more about you than this brilliant neuroscientist. One wonders how censorious you would be at a fashion show where women wear the most beautiful and alluring new designs. Are you disturbed by looking at the top of your upper torso or just that of other men?
Springboob Squirepin (1 year ago)
"Pretty even split" yeah right he didn't fool anyone. Most people in the audience all said it was the gray one.
NZVideoGuy (1 year ago)
Evolution? Lol. An intelligent person learns by hearing, not by seeing. He talks about laws, but he doesn't talk about who made those laws. His presentation is saturated with an underlying theme of atheism.
Tinders (1 year ago)
This guy sounds like one of those crazy priests praising his god in weird ways tbh. I mean, I know all this, so what he's saying, how he's saying it moreover, sounds weird and gibberish from the way I understand it.
Totaro17 (1 year ago)
No it's not an illusion. It's perception.
Michael O'Leary (1 year ago)
lets make license plates that flip n change in them area so u don't get charged for it lmao dumb
Salvador Lopez (1 year ago)
evire bari stop
Salvador Lopez (1 year ago)
evire bari stop
justin etters (1 year ago)
straight lost bo
Awakened Anhedonic (1 year ago)
Haha in that panther image, the black and white version is completely clipped and the color version isn't. So it makes his statement about it pointless. That has mostly to with being unable to tell two clipped black subjects apart from each other. I desaturated the color version myself to make sure.
Esmeralda Robles (1 year ago)
is this a joke i dont see all the optical illusions
Esmeralda Robles (1 year ago)
after staring at the desert picture i saw it the same, nothing happened, i waited a minute
Sprazzal (1 year ago)
With the spinning diamond one the knot on the string told my brain which way it was spinning.

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