Archive for the 'optical illusions' Category

Daniel Gordon (and Steven Novella) Can Fly

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

Steven Novella makes an extraordinary claim: I can fly.

That’s right – I can fly, just like Superman (although not as fast – let’s be realistic). I can take off from a standing start and simply defy gravity by lifting off into the air. I can then soar through the air with perfect control and land gently on the ground at will.

He can’t do it in others’ presence (they make him nervous), so there’s no photographic evidence of him doing it. But he offers several photographs of other people flying to demonstrate the plausibility of the claim. For example, this one:

I pointed out in the comments that photographer Daniel Gordon also has this ability, and has documented it extensively as part of his flying pictures project:

Change Blindness

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

It’s like an Improv Everywhere mission, but for psychologists:

Please Enjoy the Illusion of Eyes

Sunday, April 5th, 2009

It’s been a while since I posted an optical illusion, so here you go:

Be sure to follow the cat’s instructions to pause the playback at the appropriate point. Nifty!