The human brain is an extraordinary marvel of creation. More than anything else, our immense brainpower and intelligence as a species has enabled us to survive and thrive on this planet. Our brains are capable of processing enormous volumes of data over the course of a lifetime. A great deal of what gets processed isn't even done consciously. For instance, all around you right now there are so many things happening that if you were to be acutely aware of all of them, you'd go insane from information overload!
Although our senses are capable of detecting everything around us, we tune out much of the world for most of our lives so that we can actually focus on our own lives. Think about it: would you want to have to listen to all of the conversations in a busy restaurant, happening all at once? Not likely. Our brain knows how to tune in or out on what's necessary information, while the rest gets ignored.
This tendency of our brain to focus in on what it thinks are relevant details can be exploited in some fun ways. Optical illusions take advantage of the way in which our brain works with our eyes to see the world, making you think you see “X” when in fact you're looking at “Y”. Other illusions simply require a shift of perspective to see an alternative image. The great thing about illusions is that we're wired to enjoy them - our brains have evolved to enjoy new or surprising experiences, because it's an opportunity to learn something!
This famous illusion is called "The General's Family." It looks like the profile of a distinguished general at first, but there are nine people hidden throughout the painting.
This painting is often misattributed to iconic Spanish surrealist, Salvador Dali ...
... but it's actually the work of Mexican painter Octavio Ocampo (who admittedly looks a bit like Dali in this photo).
Ocampo's describes his works as being a "metamorphic" style. His technique involves hiding realistic and figurative details within a larger image.
His work has earned him great renown in both Mexico and worldwide, and he was even commissioned by the Mexican government to create this unique portrait of former U.S. President Jimmy Carter.
But let's get back to "The General's Family." How many people/faces were you able to find? The answer is below:
Did you find them all? Not only are they all hidden in there, but they also have special meaning, telling the story of the general's life. The first face is the distinguished general himself, with the sleeping dog forming the hand on his jacket (as generals like to pose). The general himself is made up of an old man and a young woman with a baby in the countryside - these are the humble beginnings and poor farm family into which the general was born. The faces along the walls and formed in the sky represent the wife and family that he went on to have.
So how did you do?
If you found six of them, you have average powers of observation.
If you found seven, you're slightly above average.
Found eight? Give yourself a high five, you did a great job!
If you found all nine, then you're clearly just amazing at this! Well done!
Via: Sun Gazing