It’s Not Rabbit and Perception Explanation

Augustus the duck perception
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There is a force holding humanity down to the ground. No, it isn’t gravity. Well, yes, it is gravity, but it isn’t the only thing. Our laws and regulations keep us grounded. It is what makes humanity so compelled to stay without heads held high and for society to move forward and evolve into something better than ourselves. But what is better than our current state of humanity? Reaching the stars? Becoming powerful? Having a global utopia? What perception do we have with our current world state?

The state of the world at the current time isn’t the best and you see that. Crops are failing, the ocean keeps catching fire, and no one can agree on even simple things, like the color of a dress. You see things differently as we are free-minded folk and a species probably too intelligent for its own good. But that is because of perception. Perception is having an idea that you yourself have, but it can change with others. What you think is a spoon could be a spork to another until they realize that all the edges could be round.

Perception is tricky.

               Perception can further more get people into trouble. You may have seen a car accident, but another sees road rage in action. A fender bender or someone going in reverse to commit insurance fraud. Okay, enough examples. You get the point of perception. One thought varies from person to person on one idea. Animals are no different when it comes to perception. They may be defending their young, but you see a rampant killer. They may be looking up into the sky for predators, but you see them looking at the ground. What can bump your leg to see if you are food and you think they are about to go full Jaws. It may be a rabbit, or it may be a duck.

duck or rabbit aspect perception
Duck or Rabbit from Wikipedia

               American psychologist Joseph Jastrow found an image that is almost as exorbitant as the blue and gold dress, a persiflage gesture to pick which figure is seen first. It was a comic which was first seen in a German newspaper in 1892, stating “Which animals are most like each other?”, with the bottom that says, “Rabbit and Duck”. It was originally adopted to show how perception has affected our ability to see the other side of a point by seeing the other “side” of the image.

It was later used by Ludwig Wittgenstein, who had also changed the way the picture was seen. When you see the duck, you can shift your focal view and see a rabbit, but you had to shift your focal point. The duck is now “seeing as” the rabbit. You know because it is right in front of you, but others will see the rabbit instead as their imagination wants to. The fluidity of seeing both changes your idea of what the picture is.

Why does this matter?

Because of our perception with concepts and history. We see a crazed elephant rampaging through Honolulu, but an elephant sees escape. We do not grasp their concept until we are forced into a different perspective. History is there for us to see all sides of the topic, to notate that the war may have been won, but did the other side see it as a loss? Are they just seeing it “is” a battle without seeing it for what it “as”? The grammar is terrible, I know, but “seeing as” means that you see it for what it really is, which is a lost war.

Ludwig Duck-Rabbit drawing from Semantic Scholar about aspect perception
Ludwig Duck-Rabbit drawing from Semantic Scholar

It was first used by Jastrow to explain something called aspect perception. This isn’t the only concept that the duck-rabbit figure has been used for. Laterality published a paper in 2010 called “Science in the Making: Right Hand, Left Hand. II: The duck-rabbit figure”, speaking of the rabbit-duck phenomenon. The study itself was differing the left handedness and right handedness in correlation of seeing the duck or the rabbit. The results ultimately showed no evidence, but it does gain an idea of how the duck-rabbit figure was used. Later, it was sporadically used, the image changing from a 45-degree angle of a rabbit to a lateral image, more closely resembling a duck and less experiments were conducted.

What perception and paranormal get right

Now, seeing what “as” is seeing something that you perceive it to be, ever fluid. For example, an axe is a tool in my own mind. It chops wood and shaves branches. Others will see it as a weapon, being sharpened for battle, hovering over someone’s head as it comes slashing down. When you share my view with the one who woke up with choosing violence may have a different interpretation of the axe after. Now, when you go argue with random people on the internet on your perspective, you have an idea of what concept you are bringing to the table, and whether it is a rabbit or a duck.

In the viewing of whether seeing it as a duck or a rabbit, or a ghost or a shadow, you know that the mind can play tricks. Furthermore, the mind is something that we cannot ignore. What we see could be what we fear, our mind advising us of danger when danger isn’t really there. It is a play on what our experiences and thought processes have become.

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