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A Corny Idea

Posted in Creativity, Curiosity, Games, Illusion, Innovation, Lessons Unlearned, New Cards

G_geniugrid Genius 1 What do you see in the image to the right? If you are like most people you see a square made out of alternating rows of squares and circles. It is slightly more difficult to see the square as columns of alternating squares and circles.

It is, of course, just a matter of perspective but one way to unlearn is to begin seeing things from different perspectives.

For an unlearning exercise, here's a "corny" idea. Most of us eat our corn-on-the-cob one of two ways: We either eat it row-by-row as though we were operating an old manual typewriter or, alternatively, we spin the cob and eat it by column-by-column.

Whichever method you normally use, try it the other way.

For some related posts checkout these old posts:

An Idea So Bad It's Good

Become Uncomfortable in Your Own Skin

2 thoughts on “A Corny Idea”

  1. Lonny Eachus says:

    I like that. I sometimes wonder whether we have a hard-wired bias for seeing things a certain way.
    Hint: it’s easier to perceive the columns of alternating squares and circles if you turn your head sideways. Why? I don’t know.

  2. Dave! says:

    It looks to me like a matter of proximity. The items are closer horizontality than vertically. That way each row appears to “belong” together, to be a unit. When you turn it sideways, the opposite is true. I understand how that works visually, but I wonder what the analogy would be otherwise?

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