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Look at These Two Pills. Virtual Reality Scientist Explains Why What You Are Likely Seeing Is Wrong

"You're making a very reasonable assumption about the world that happens to be wrong."

Image source: Facebook via Mashable

Take a hard look at the image below. Do you see a red and blue pill?

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Image source: Facebook via Mashable

If so, your eyes are playing a nasty trick on you.

Unlike in the hit movie "The Matrix," the pills are, in fact, the same shade of grey.

Image source: Facebook via Mashable

Last week, Facebook-owned virtual reality company Occulus produced a series of mind-bending optical illusions aimed at proving how what individuals deem to be reality is merely "electrical signals interpreted by your brain."

"Virtual reality, done right, really is reality, as far as the observer is concerned," said Michael Abrash, chief scientist at Occulus.

He used other optical illusions to prove his point.

For instance, the blue tiles on the left and yellow tiles on the right are also the same shades of grey. The lines on the checkerboard below are also straight.

Image source: Facebook via Mashable

Image source: Facebook via Mashable

Image source: Facebook via Mashable

"You're making a very reasonable assumption about the world that happens to be wrong," Abrash said.

The Occulus scientist said that such illusions are proof that one's brain can be tricked into believing that the unreal is actually reality.

The takeaway? It's possibly to exploit this in efforts to produce a virtual reality.

"Unlike Morpheus, I’m not offering you a choice," Abrash said. "No matter what choice you pick, we’re all headed down the rabbit hole together."

(H/T: Mashable / Mail Online)

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