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The Awareness Test

By Brian | March 17, 2008 | Share on Facebook

I guarantee you that you’re going to watch this video twice:

I was right, wasn’t I?
(Hat tip: Willow Gross)


Topics: Random Acts of Blogging | 3 Comments »

3 Responses to “The Awareness Test”

  1. Ilya says at March 18th, 2008 at 8:05 am :
    Yes, you were right. Still, I disagree with the parallels being drawn here. Counting fast-moving objects of specific color is not a commonplace activity that one can perform subconsciously, and it clearly requires mentally blocking out anything that is not of that color. Were the bear polar, it might have registered…

  2. Brian says at March 18th, 2008 at 12:56 pm :
    I didn’t think of it as a test of skill so much, as a reason to discount eye witness accounts. Picture this scenario:

    Lawyer: Ma’am, you say you saw the car accident happen in broad daylight. Can you tell us, please, was there a man in a bear suit doing the moonwalk next to the car when the accident occurred?

    Witness: No. I’m sure I’d have seen it if it was there…

  3. Ilya says at March 18th, 2008 at 7:42 pm :
    And I would have no reason to disbelieve the witness, unless there was also:

    Lawyer: What were you doing at the time?

    Witness: Why, right before that all happened, someone asked me out of the blue to keep the exact count of the passerbys who were wearing pink-ribbon hats… He said it was a test, and I was doing my best to ace it.

    I just cannot believe that without being forcefully distracted by a task that requires focus, you would miss something that is obviously out of place…

    If there is a similar test that instructs simply “Watch the video”, and people still miss the incongruity, then I would be convinced…


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