Friday, September 28, 2007

Which way is this silhouette rotating?

Which way is this silhouette rotating? I've been told it's an optical illusion and it's always moving clockwise.

I was also told if you see it counterclockwise, you're more scientific; otherwise, you're more artistic/creative.

Most of the time I see the silhouette moving counterclockwise. How about you?

If you didn't already know, you will have to double click the picture to get the animation.

8 comments:

missP said...

I only see it's rotating counterclockwise.. but my hubby thinks it changes sometimes to clockwise... duh!!! am i blind? :)

esofthub said...

No, you're not blind. :) It's just the way the brain perceives it. Some of my friends see it rotating clockwise while I "see" counter.

WarrrioBlog said...

I don't see it moving either way! I see it moving both way I guess...hard to say.

esofthub said...

warriorblog, that's a different twist. I see it shifting directions, too, but predominantly counter.

Ms. Q said...

That's weird. I skimmed your post, clicked on the image and then saw it moving counter-clockwise. Then went back to your post, re-read it and when I clicked on the image again, it was moving clockwise!

Very cool optical illusion. I think I'm both scientific and creative which may explain it. I wonder what Einstein would see? I would guess both directions as anyone who would visualize riding a cart chasing a point of light to figure out that the speed of light was always constant must have a bit of poet in him.

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esofthub said...

msq, it would be very interesting to know what Mr. Einstein "sees."

THE ANiTOKiD said...

I see it rotating counterclockwise, Roy. My eyes were on the feet of the image and tried to look for clues about its movement ha ha ha...d

esofthub said...

anitokid,

Thanks for adding a comment. I was watching the feet, too.