[ExI] Color

Mike Dougherty msd001 at gmail.com
Fri Feb 27 13:17:34 UTC 2015

On Thu, Feb 26, 2015 at 10:32 PM, Brent Allsop
<brent.allsop at canonizer.com> wrote:
> In my opinion, this kind of stuff just confuses people, and leads them away
> from what is important.

So you would walk away from this phenomenon as "unimportant" and go
back to 'effing zombie red' ?

> What is important is a simple elemental redness, and a simple elemental
> greyness, and the qualitative difference between them, and that fact the
> zombie physics has no account for that.

Seems you'd be willing to burn down the rest of the forest so everyone
could appreciate your one tree.

> What is that difference, when is someone else experiencing the same, or
> inverted, and what are the neural correlates of that obvious difference,
> i.e. how do you detect it one vs the other.

This is an instance where 75% of those polled are "experiencing" a
white+gold dress while the other 25% are "experiencing" blue+black.
Everyday people are reposting this image and asking "Why?"   A massive
audience has just turned their surety of color awareness into a moment
of unknown.  All these people are saying "I see X, what do you see?"
and they are questioning their assumption that everyone else
experiences the same phenomenal reality.

I assumed it was hoax. (it's not exactly a hoax)  "Rick-rolling" was a
popular prank that no single individual could have propagated to the
frequency that it was happening, but it happened.  Somebody discovered
a phase transition point in color perception, then used it to create a
very strong replicating meme.  Even if this group has discussed it all
before, this network effect of the Internet [social media(s)] to
spread memes is fascinating.  I hope that's not lost simply because
"memes" were discussed in the early 1990's so it's already been done.

So even if we don't discuss fashion chromatics, there is plenty of
meta-discussion about the impact of this image on "proles" who also
rarely think on the subject.

*shrug*  but maybe not.

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