Cat vs illusion…..


Ahaw F kindly sent me this video showing what happens when a cat encounters a motion illusion…..

There must be a research project in here!


13 comments on “Cat vs illusion…..

  1. Martha says:

    But what does the Cat Woman see?

  2. Does this imply shared visual processing methods between species? Activating the same “bug” suggests shared “code”. You would expect this due to common ancestry, of course.

  3. What illusion? I have just wasted 78 seconds of my life waiting for something to happen, but nothing did.

  4. Dharmaruci says:

    a cat pawwing at printed paper does not mean it sees the same as us. a cat may stare intently into the corner of a room for minutes on end but it does not mean it has a higher capacity for seeing “magic eye” patterns in wallpaper.

    a cat is a cat. it sees well at night and can sleep in full daylight. we have little enough in common. let us not anthropomorphism them. they don’t like that.

    • Dave says:

      Yet in this case it’s blatantly obvious that Tiddles is seeing the illusion, and only a fool would suggest otherwise.

    • Dharmaruci says:

      Thomas Nagel’s essay “What Is It Like to Be a Bat?” (redditly available on the internet) cautions us to be very wary of thinking we can accurately report the sensory sphere of other creatures.

      we do not know what the cat sees. projecting our own opinions makes it harder to see what the cat sees. we must take care here lest we overproject.

  5. Ronda says:

    I think that’s really cute. 🙂 Hey, it looks like it’s moving to me–why not them? Going to have to try that with my cats.

  6. NotACat says:

    Not convinced: our cat completely monsters the newspaper in a very similar (but much more violent) manner without the need for any illusionary snakes.

  7. Maybe somebody rubbed catnip on the “illusion.”

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