Ficke

It would seriously be interesting to see if the breakdowns were different if the "dancer" was more of an A/B=cup in stead of the D-cup we're presented with. It's hard to not focus on that area (as a guy any way). Perhaps the focus at that position in the silhouette influences that perceived spinning direction.

discoridan

@Ficke -

but if you read the comment on the original entry a lot of people were focusing on the dancer's feet. So I think this shows that a large percentage of people interested in economics blogs are foot fetishists.

Justin

There was a whole dancer?

Mango

Dr Levitt: When presented with a scientific claim on the Internet without any empirical evidence -- or even any reasoning at all -- extreme skepticism should be the default position.

@Ficke:
I posted a comment to that effect. The direction of the dancer's rotation depends on the perceived orientation of the dancer. The feet give away one orientation (which makes her spin counter-clockwise), but I think the orientation we tend to assume without reference is one where we looking down at her (which makes her spin clockwise).

I conjectured that extraneous anatomical details of the dancers upper body may have distracted people from the feet, causing more people to see the dancer as going clockwise.

Mango

I just read the earlier post on this subject. Dr Levitt's observation that women interpreted a counter-clockwise direction more frequently than men seems to support my hypothesis.

If you're looking at her chest, you're NOT looking at the shadow of her foot. And if you're not looking at the foot shadow, you are more likely to interpret the axis of rotation as being tilted toward you, as if you were looking slightly down at her. And if you interpret the orientation in that way, then she is spinning clockwise.

Sean T

What if the dancer didn't move at all for me? Am I brain dead?

E.Nouguier

Seems clear to me "She goes both ways!"so where does that leave me? LOL

Silvia

I think this is the concept of the whole brain usage. At first looking at this...I saw the dancer as going right to left (clockwise) which meant that I was a right brain person and I am. However, it's suppose to be counter-clockwise...how is that suppose to be. Then I remember the term whole brain..how really it's both. So with my finger I start twirling it counter-clockwise (left to right)...her body was obviously going right to left (clockwise)...then I started to look at her feet...suddenly...I saw her go counter-clockwise. All this while I continue to finger counter-clockwise to keep me focused..it seemed she could be going both ways depending how I am viewing. This got me to thinking about the term "observer" that quantum physicist uses.

After awhile even as I see her go right to left (clockwise) and see she is going counterclowise (left to right) when looking at her feet...THEN at times I saw it shift to right to left (clockwise)....this led me to believe that it is all is the same...just depends how you observe it. It's wonderfully exciting and good timing as I was intenting to be 'whole brain' even if at this moment strengthen in right side. I intuivtely think it's a matter of strengthening both side...and that we're at best can be a wholebrain individual, probably a concept of just to 'be' at the highest evolution scale level somehow.

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Ficke

It would seriously be interesting to see if the breakdowns were different if the "dancer" was more of an A/B=cup in stead of the D-cup we're presented with. It's hard to not focus on that area (as a guy any way). Perhaps the focus at that position in the silhouette influences that perceived spinning direction.

discoridan

@Ficke -

but if you read the comment on the original entry a lot of people were focusing on the dancer's feet. So I think this shows that a large percentage of people interested in economics blogs are foot fetishists.

Justin

There was a whole dancer?

Mango

Dr Levitt: When presented with a scientific claim on the Internet without any empirical evidence -- or even any reasoning at all -- extreme skepticism should be the default position.

@Ficke:
I posted a comment to that effect. The direction of the dancer's rotation depends on the perceived orientation of the dancer. The feet give away one orientation (which makes her spin counter-clockwise), but I think the orientation we tend to assume without reference is one where we looking down at her (which makes her spin clockwise).

I conjectured that extraneous anatomical details of the dancers upper body may have distracted people from the feet, causing more people to see the dancer as going clockwise.

Mango

I just read the earlier post on this subject. Dr Levitt's observation that women interpreted a counter-clockwise direction more frequently than men seems to support my hypothesis.

If you're looking at her chest, you're NOT looking at the shadow of her foot. And if you're not looking at the foot shadow, you are more likely to interpret the axis of rotation as being tilted toward you, as if you were looking slightly down at her. And if you interpret the orientation in that way, then she is spinning clockwise.

Sean T

What if the dancer didn't move at all for me? Am I brain dead?

E.Nouguier

Seems clear to me "She goes both ways!"so where does that leave me? LOL

Silvia

I think this is the concept of the whole brain usage. At first looking at this...I saw the dancer as going right to left (clockwise) which meant that I was a right brain person and I am. However, it's suppose to be counter-clockwise...how is that suppose to be. Then I remember the term whole brain..how really it's both. So with my finger I start twirling it counter-clockwise (left to right)...her body was obviously going right to left (clockwise)...then I started to look at her feet...suddenly...I saw her go counter-clockwise. All this while I continue to finger counter-clockwise to keep me focused..it seemed she could be going both ways depending how I am viewing. This got me to thinking about the term "observer" that quantum physicist uses.

After awhile even as I see her go right to left (clockwise) and see she is going counterclowise (left to right) when looking at her feet...THEN at times I saw it shift to right to left (clockwise)....this led me to believe that it is all is the same...just depends how you observe it. It's wonderfully exciting and good timing as I was intenting to be 'whole brain' even if at this moment strengthen in right side. I intuivtely think it's a matter of strengthening both side...and that we're at best can be a wholebrain individual, probably a concept of just to 'be' at the highest evolution scale level somehow.

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