Over 4 years ago the Internet exploded over the black/blue or white/gold dress. Now theres a new debate to obsess about, this time it’s a sneaker.
CNYCentral, an NBC affiliate station based out of Syracuse, New York, started the conversation on Friday afternoon by sharing a picture of the kicks to Twitter.
So what color are the shoes? According to NBC Today, were listed as “mahogany rose” (or, pink).
The reason some people have been seeing other colors could have to do with something called “color constancy,” where our brains compensate for differences in lighting and white balanceby automatically filling in information.
“The largest takeaway is that color exists in your brain. It’s not an objective feature of reality,” Silva explained by phone. “We don’t see the world objectively as is, we see the world through the lens of our preconceptions, cultural operating systems … reality is coupled to perception, so change perception, you change reality. Whatever situation people were in when they saw the picture of that dress, it changed their perception of the dress.”
“You never have a direct experience,” Silva continued. “You never experience an objective reality. Your brain is shielded from the world by this box that is your skull, all it’s doing is receiving a signal and interpreting it, like a cable box does for a television. What you call the world is more like a TV screen in your mind.”
It appears then that one brain, not ones eyes, is therefore at fault for the discrepancy — though the original photo’s color correction probably doesn’t help. Many users saw increasing the light on their screen changed the color of the sneaker for good.
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