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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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khadija takreem (1 day ago)
Aaaaah bts ad .....dna
Darla Shaw (3 days ago)
Anyone who thinks this "evolved" is crazy.
alkh3myst (4 days ago)
Oh, isn't this great! A video on optical illusions in 480p. Congratulations, Ted!
Matthew Bowley (4 days ago)
When i do the desert scene, i see a red desert on the left, i do ave eye problems, does anyone know why this might be as I have intermittent estropia?
Alex Panoussi (6 days ago)
i mean, after watching the white dot between green and red, i thought the left desert was red and the right normal so maybe something went wrong😂
What happened to his shirt? Is it just me or it's some optical illusion?
AD G (7 days ago)
all the times look the same, dark or light. he is full of it. people who see things like this are paroid.
AD G (7 days ago)
it all looked no different. red / green , two pictures next to each other.
Bamba Zillah (8 days ago)
I learnt a lot about life and human nature by studying machine learning
Harry Kuheim (8 days ago)
Barack O. staged a great illusion appearing as a competent President.....It worked on all of you TED Suckers....Twice.....#walkaway from the Democrat Party
Silkwesir (8 days ago)
the first experiment, he says "pretty even split" ... not at all, it looked like more people raised their hand for the grey one as for the green and orange ones combined!
kaxitaksi (8 days ago)
To win on Lotto is an illusion..
sam3d (8 days ago)
"light we see is meaningless" 4:15 I say that's an overstatement... using one instance of inaccurate light reflexion to claim that "everything we see is meaningless" is the type of arguments that liberal millennials use to "back" their flawed views.
zmcg (10 days ago)
Um 2 eyes give depth perception to judge surface perspective too.
CT Rock Star (11 days ago)
Sloppy presentation
qaz wiz (11 days ago)
I think i like a sponsor ad talking about USA creating 45% world air pollution in a TED talk about illusions LOL
Medical Interest (11 days ago)
This is a weak presentation. The filtering of color through the eyes is relative to aperture (iris) and the cones. Block one eye in bright sunlight for a few seconds. The blocked one changes its perception of color when it is opened again. Wear a red and green pair of 3D spectacles and the same, almost instant, adjustment occurs. As others have commented, the grey spot that is replicated on the second bottom line is the point of this exercise, not what he did with the top grey spot. Regarding hearing and sight, the amazing thing is that without sight there is more space for sound and memory in the brain. Some people can sense color through their hands. This shows the spectrum of adaptability of our senses. I can hear bats tweeting their sonar. Others think I am imagining this. Out of sight out of mind. I have had my hearing tested and it is well above average. I have protected my hearing. I am a jazz musician. Maybe I am an alien. ho ho
All Me (11 days ago)
He's got a soothing voice, but his accent seems to jump around. A subtle mix of English/Irish/American
Robert UrbanPC (11 days ago)
Do not forget that Sweden is a City (big one). The Government control of your life is stunning. The only thing they forget is how much in taxes they pay.
be2the4out (12 days ago)
he lies about the yellow buttons in the beginning.. fraud
Sarcastamus Raconteur (13 days ago)
I bet this guy wants to break into yoga at all times...
Barry Lincoln (14 days ago)
I was at this ted talk. This guy fooled you all! He wore a bright yellow turtleneck the whole talk. It was an illusion
William Morton (14 days ago)
Blub Blub Blub Beau is precious.
dougjstl1 (14 days ago)
his shirt unbutton s oh oh
j g (15 days ago)
And we still accept "eye witness" evidence in court? Dawkins has also talked about this. Totally unreliable. Inadmissible.
Jordan Munroe (16 days ago)
Not everything this man says is quite accurate. The red/green desert color swap has nothing to do with the brain at all. It is cone fatigue. He is a salesman. When you watch a ted talk, see not as experts but as salesmen marketing their ideas. Question everything.
TheAmazeer (16 days ago)
Color changes regarding if they are lighted with white light or another ... Or if context around it is different.. colors are lightwaves
HermanatorPC (18 days ago)
Amazing how just 1 button can make me think this guy is a rapist
Ioan Andrei (18 days ago)
His accent is so weird BUT, intresting video oh wait Why is your shirt unbuttoned? WEIRD
Beni Home (22 days ago)
This is bullshit
Jon Miner (21 days ago)
No it isn't. Our visual cortex is trying to show us what we can understand. And no, the open shirt is not professional.
TheJCFan (23 days ago)
"I leave you with this: Is my shirt really unbuttoned or is it just an illusion?"
R Nickerson (23 days ago)
Why is he referring to the worker bees as "she"s?
Arty Lee (12 days ago)
Worker bees are female.
R Nickerson (23 days ago)
He's not modeling, why is his shirt so undone?
Joshua Carbajal (24 days ago)
wuznotbornyesterda (25 days ago)
The human body (as is all of nature around us) is an awesome design created by God and we will never fully know everything until it is revealed by Him in eternity.
M Stephens (26 days ago)
Confusing....Also, button your shirt.
federico saviano (1 month ago)
Why is there a grand piano in the back
Jon Doe (1 month ago)
Are you certain it is a grand piano?
d mar (1 month ago)
cool,, click my icon for some cool videos.. please leave a like.. love you guys
jimbobbyrnes (1 month ago)
whenever he said that they were identical i felt like one shape was always bigger than the other or being higher or lower than the other.
Mick Obrien (1 month ago)
Any man that shaves his chest is a cheeseball. Aside from having open heart surgery, there's no good reason to lather up your damn chest. He's gay.
MrTnbopp123 (1 month ago)
button your shirt animal, your on tv
Kevin Van Vooren (1 month ago)
MrAlexJudge (1 month ago)
нахера мастерить подпись на российском, если видео на британском
Tania Marais (1 month ago)
Hold up, 6:20ish, with the desert scene, my brain switched the colours. Red went left and green went right. Why??
Jon Doe (1 month ago)
Perhaps, "just" because the nerve cells in our eyes that see red/green were still being stimulated, when you/we looked down at the desert scene.
chunkycake101 (1 month ago)
"As a more contemporary artist said: art is to demonstrate the fragility of our senses. This is complete rubbish". I'm sorry, what? Surely this whole talk was demonstrating exactly how fragile out sense are? How malleable and easily fooled they are. How is that not demonstrating their fragility?
jamotide (11 days ago)
He said it is the brain that is messing up the perception, the senses are not the problem.
chunkycake101 (1 month ago)
I wouldn't what his thought process was when he was deciding how many buttons to undo on his shirt
HalfAnon (1 month ago)
wonder how Munch`s Scream sounds like.....???
Alex Jackson-Smith (1 month ago)
This is just a regurgitation of the work Kodak did back in the 60's I think....
lee Roberts (1 month ago)
But the truth is color and shapes are manufactured in our brains
Panda Pirate (2 months 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 month ago)
Anthony N (2 months 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 (2 months ago)
Putting me back in all this confusion.
Boot (2 months ago)
This dude is the origin of the Brain Games show.
hofifut (2 months 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
jamotide (11 days ago)
nothing worse than a smartass audience :D
Qusin111 (2 months ago)
I would not recommend anyone watch this one, I found this one tainted
max modenessi (2 months 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 (2 months ago)
Great philosophy
Jake Glassmoyer (2 months ago)
Life and experiences are all unique to each persons perspective.
Fabricio Zarate Suarez (2 months ago)
I couldn't see the predator because I had subtitles turned on for some reason😅😅
David Sfwriter (2 months ago)
Why is this the only Youtube video I've watched today that has no sound? WTF?
Smartphone Phone (3 months ago)
That camera man is a legend
pahis1 (3 months ago)
10:55 now you know why it's called honey. Marketing. Bee vomit wouldn't sell.
sweiland75 (3 months ago)
Beau Lotto sounds like a made up name.
merry chase (3 months 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 (3 months ago)
Lar Kirby (3 months ago)
He couldn't see his shirt button
ZbReW1 (3 months 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 (3 months 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 (3 months ago)
357 people are stupid.
jay mon (3 months ago)
You are watching this on a monitor, don't feel bad for getting it wrong.
heestenhats (4 months ago)
i like ketchup
iceland77 (4 months ago)
Fun fact: this guy is 9 years older now. (source: am alternate mod of r/maths)
Andrew Galloway (4 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 (4 months ago)
wtf with the dots at the start ? ...
Ron Wylie (4 months ago)
IF he is ever really famous Kevin Bacon could play him easily lol. great teacher
Ron Wylie (4 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 (4 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 (4 months ago)
wasted 18:59 precious minutes
Andrew Blackamore (4 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 (4 months ago)
Ahh.. The bee matrix. An experiment just like we are in.. Cool
Glen Bartholomew (4 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 (4 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 (4 months ago)
Can you talk just a little bit faster?
Vladimir Trump (4 months ago)
pretty much meaningless stuff..
Jan (4 months ago)
Carrie W (4 months ago)
Why is that one douche bag camera guy standing dead center of the stage? Lol
Want (4 months ago)
Good night and good day everyone!
Miss Vanjie (4 months ago)
I should not have watched this high.
Linh Nguyễn (4 months ago)
so... is that an illusion? the last one with the lights
Dave B (4 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 (4 months ago)
so deaf people cant see light?
William Zhang (5 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 (5 months ago)
bs swedes taxing everything
GhANeC (5 months ago)
safe to say this person has above average intelligence
Lilie Naira Santasilia (5 months ago)
Diane Watson (5 months ago)
I find it strange that his shirt is that unbuttoned while giving this kind of presentation.
S B (5 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.
jamotide (11 days ago)
geez you guys are sensitive about your pollution, aren't you lol
HydrogenWizard (5 months ago)
To bad about the communism promo at the end, I wanted to share the video
Rusty Shacklefurt (5 months ago)
I was created...not "evolved"

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