Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Russell's Teapot

Betran Russell's Celestial Teapot can be used to counter the argument: "The absence of proof is not a proof of absence". Indeed - the absence of proof actually is a proof of absence.
So, if you stare at the picture you may eventually see a 3D teapot. The teapot you may see is not celestial.
An interesting question is: Where is the teapot that you (may) see?
In this particular case the optic center of the brain is not making up the teapot but instead the teapot is carefully inserted into the seemingly random set of pixels that make up the picture and the optic center of the brain somehow, eventually teases out the image from the apparent random set of pixels. The image is called and Autosterogram.

1 comment:

  1. Hello Zack,
    I got your comment that you left on my blog - A Big Ride Stop... More that just water. Good to hear that the few people I e-mailed from 2004 have passed the word on about the blog.
    I hope you keep checking back for updates. Will soon have 2008's interviews up.
    e-mail me if you want to be on my e-mail list or know of someone who would.
    I did read your post "Russel's Teapot" and it makes a good point. I will have to try more to see the teapot though. I like these things but I'm not that good at them. Megan