What it real? The games our brain plays with colours

“At Manifest Better, we spend a lot of time studying how the human brain actually works. It is a really tough question I should admit, but we really think this is where the key to successful manifestations lies.

So today I want to start a series of articles revealing some of this important information so we can start exploring how the human brain mechanism works and begin understanding how we can use it to make our life better.



  • What is “real”?
  • 6 cases of reality:
    1. Checker shadow
    2. Order matters
    3. Mach bands
    4. The mystery dress or #thedress
    5. Blue can be green
    6. Vanishing colors
  • The important question

I think if we consider what is the most complicated thing on the Planet, I would vote for the human brain.

It is actually hard to describe its functions let alone understand how all of this works in our head… What I know for sure though – human brains can play very interesting games with us!

The way how we preserve our reality usually depends on who does it and how they do it as well as 1000 micro-factors our brains consider before to giving us the “picture” whether of an object or whatsoever around us.  It is considered that to do so our brain absorbs a lot of signals from the 5 senses we have as well as memories and the environment around us. This information is then interpreted in the brain and voila – “the reality” is delivered.

Just like in the famous Matrix:

“If real is what you can feel, smell, taste and see, then ‘real’ is simply electrical signals interpreted by your brain”

What is “real” then?

Is it really “real”? Can my brain make a mistake and interpret something wrong? The electric signal which is transmitted NOT correctly will then form my own “reality”?

A lot of people are actually surprised when realizing that – yes, our brain makes a lot of mistakes. And the result of these mistakes is that we see things which don’t exist in reality.

Case 1. False difference of the cell colors in the checker shadow illusion

This one is a classic example of what we call colour illusions  – the checker shadow illusion which was discovered and published in 1995 by professor  Edward H. Adelson.

In fact the 2 squares A and B have the same colour but our brain interpret B as appearing to be a slightly brighter than A.

If you decide to check it you will find out it is true. The following image illustrates it perfectly:



Still not convinced – here is a video reconstruction of the same experiment in real time with real people and objects:

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z9Sen1HTu5o

Case 2. Find differences which do not exist

Source: https://acpress.amherst.edu/books/intersectingcolors/chapter/josef-albers-and-the-science-of-seeing/

In his series Homage to the Square Josef Albers performed several examples of the paintings with use of the same colours but placed in different  order without borders in between to illustrate the same effect. Our brain confuses us telling that the colours on the 2 paintings are different when in reality they are not.

Case 3. Mach bands illusion

This is another type of colour illusion named after the physicist Ernst Mach who noticed that the  human visual system would perceive the slightly different shades of grey as more intense colour as soon as they touch. In other words the darker part will be consider more darker and the higher part will be considered falsely brighter.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mach_bands#/media/File:Bandes_de_mach.PNG


Which is better illustrated here:

Source: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Mach_bands_-_animation.gif

Case 4. The mystery dress…

If you think colour illusions exist only inside the scientific world you are mistaken. In 2015 it was a huge public sensation which was caused by a simple question:

What is the colour of the dress?

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_dress#/media/File:The_Dress_(viral_phenomenon).png


Almost half of the people saw it blue and black while the other part is white and gold… Even the celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Lady Gaga were making comments but no one seemed to agree as the different people were seeing different colours when in fact the dress was blue and black.

Since the image went viral a lot of actual studies were performed and one of the explanations the scientists found is that it appears differently under 1) different light patterns and 2) different people’s brains.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_dress#/media/File:Wikipe-tan_wearing_The_Dress_reduced.svg

Case 5. Blue or green?

There are different variations of this one but the forms don’t make a difference.

They are all about one thing – you see 4 colours when in fact they are only 3!! Don’t believe me? Just come closer to the monitor and see for yourself!

or check what is happening when the pink colour is removed

Case 6. And last but not least

One of the beautiful metamorphoses that you can see when it comes to us seeing the colours… Just concentrate on the centre of the picture and see what is going to happen…

It may take some longer than others (took me about 10 seconds of just looking at the central point in the picture), but the colours will actually vanishleaving us with just the white page!


The important question

SO, now is the time for a question: how much of the world that we see is real? Or it is is just a game that our brain plays with us?

And so, can I use this knowledge and power to manifest my dreams?


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Yes, you can and in the next articles we are going to discuss more illusions and the ways we can use them to our benefit.


Blessings and  love,

Sasha Genji


PS: And as always I will be more than happy to hear your comments on the article and ideas you have


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