I adore Magic Eye images. They are mysterious, absorbing, oddly relaxing and exciting. They are also, I think, an excellent metaphor for our tendency as human beings to focus only on the obvious!
The interesting thing is this: Some people are completely unable to see anything other than the surface pattern in these pictorial conundrums. It doesn’t matter how long they stare at the image above. Give them a week, a month, a year – and they will still only see patterns of reds, greens and whites.
It is a knack. A knack, like rolling one’s tongue, very hard to explain: Either you can do it or you cannot! So I am not going to tell you the how. I am just going to let YOU find out if you can see beyond the obvious!
And I have deliberately structured this so that the ‘Ali Blathering On’ bit comes after the immediacy of the picture itself!
I am not for one moment claiming there is any correlation between our ability to see beyond the obvious in a game, and the more serious business of doing so in ‘real’ life…
…but it’s an interesting hypothesis, isn’t it?