Trouble Focusing on this Face – Why?

This portrait of two faces is at once captivating and confusing.  If you find yourself blinking your eyes a few times trying to put the image into perspective , know that it is due to an optical trick of the brain.  Yes, what you are looking at is indeed a portrait of a man with two eyes and two mouths.  It is provided to prove a point.  Often when we utilize our eyes to visualize the world around us, we realy on our optic nerve to help us process the information.  Neurons fire and our brain does millions of calculations and what it sends back is a facsimile of what we think we are observing.


Image Credit: Flickr, Bob Heine

Image Credit: Flickr, Bob Heine

The underlying reality, that which is real…that state is always in motion for everyone.  Meaning that when you look at something, your brain calls upon all of its recognition software to process what it thinks it is seeing.  It processes information that you are not even aware that you are looking at and with the brain’s amazing  memory of all things, it is able to assemble this information like a giant puzzle into an image that represents that which we think we are seeing.  Sometimes our mind’s eye gets conflicting signals and we end up seeing the wrong thing than what actually or is said to exist.  Yes I know, this gets to be a bit convoluted, but hang in there because science and that which we believe to be reality can be somewhat counter intuitive.

Essentially what most people see when they view the image above is a pair of eyes and mouths, but it is a bit blurred and difficult to focus on.  It comes down to a processing issue and when certain colors and light intermix and we attempt to put things where we think they should be, we sometimes find that the message that gets relayed to the brain to be somewhat scrambled and the result is a the blurring of two images our brain is trying to reconcile.

It not too difficult to fool the brain and it happens with a lot more frequency that we realize.  Some of the most prominent examples is when the light is failing as dusk is setting and shapes that previously were trees take on the appearance of creatures or whatever you mind’s eye thinks it sees.

Just know that the old saying that some things are not always what they appear is indeed an underlying truth.


5 Responses to Trouble Focusing on this Face – Why?
  1. Vir2k
    February 2, 2013 | 3:40 am

    Two eyes? You must say ‘four eyes’ or two pair of eyes. Great article. Thanks

  2. muftahu olabanji
    February 2, 2013 | 11:18 am

    this is the fact that this is the science that deal with the origin, evolution, composition, distance and motion of all bodies and scattered matter in the univers. This was strange matter around the world

  3. David Smith
    February 2, 2013 | 5:05 pm

    In the next to last paragraph there are several grammatical mistakes. Are they intentional to test our minds or are they just mistakes?

  4. kuron
    February 2, 2013 | 6:41 pm

    Thank you for intresting post:))
    Our eyes are easily fooled. This picture appears to move when viewed in one set of eyes and mouth. I can see the real picture when i separated my consciousness as eyes and mouth.
    One of the proposition of my life is what the truth is.
    At last your new home is nice!!!

  5. justin
    February 3, 2013 | 8:44 am

    You might want to change the statement ” Yes, what you are looking at is indeed a portrait of a man with two eyes and two mouths” to ” Yes, what you are looking at is indeed a portrait of a man with FOUR eyes and two mouths.”

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