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Moving Plate Optical Illusion

Can you see how this optical illusion seems to move and shift?

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This optical illusion seems to keep shifting and moving. Can you explain why?


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Most people will see this optical illusion move and shift when they look at it for a short while. Many people also report seeing the center section shimmer and shake.


We live in a three dimensional world. Our mind tries to convert a two dimensional object into a 3D one. In this optical illusion, our mind tries to make sense of these 2D objects. The shading used in this drawing is completely incongruous. We lock onto a bit of the picture that looks appropriately shaded. Then we find it conflicting with shading in other nearby areas. We keep jumping around the drawing trying to map out a 3D solution that would make the shading make sense, but it never seems to work.

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