The Necker cube illustrates how the eye can reach two conclusions. Each of the two squares in the Necker cube can be perceived as either the front or the rear surface of the cube. Try to make the cube switch back and forth between these two orientations. Now try to hold one orientation. Most people cannot maintain the whole cube in consciousness for longer than about three seconds it seems to flip from one orientation to another.
The cube appears to flip between orientations because the brain develops two equally plausible hypotheses and is unable to decide between them.
The Necker Cube protects against common sense realism, which states that the way we perceive the world is the way the world actually is.
Simon is a Sydney based digital designer. He is the Director of a boutique digital design studio, Bailey Street Design located in the vibrant inner west suburb of Newtown. Simon studied graphic design at Shillington College and specialises in web design for small and medium size businesses. Simon and his team (Toby the studio dog) are passionate about visual communication in the digital environment
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