issue 025 2022-03-16


by Paolo Belcastro

πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡¦ Hello Morftenighter!

New week, new ocean: I greet you today from Playa del Carmen, Mexico.

Traveling to meet my colleagues again after two years of being grounded feels really good. But unfortunately, it also throws a wrench into my writing and photo-making routines. So here's something for me to work on.

Meanwhile, Putin's illegal war in Ukraine rages, and he seems to be drowning deeper into paranoia.

I don't know how this ends, but I do know that the only chance it doesn't get even worse is to support Ukraine and help them resist Russia.


Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

I knew nothing about Costa Rica until last week. Now I want to go back.
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The illusion of reality

Someone shared this image on Twitter. Can you believe that the two school buses are actually identical?
It is a Ponzo illusion. With an "o"...

The perspective tells our brain that the front bus is further away. Therefore, it must be larger than the rear one to be seen as the same size.

Reading about this led me to learn about the Moon illusion responsible for the fact we see the Moon as larger when low on the horizon, which is surprisingly not fully explained yet.

Optical illusions are quite common, essentially because our brain has to work with quite low-fi hardware (our eyes), low bandwidth, and lag. Therefore it anticipates, interprets, and augments our perception.

Reality is an illusion and one that happened in the past on top of that.

No wonder it is hard to get people to agree on anything.


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