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This Recording That Says Either ‘Yanny’ or ‘Laurel’ Is Tearing the Internet Apart

By Thomas Freeman / Published on Wednesday, 16 May 2018 07:43 AM / No Comments / 5 views

Three years after the “is it gold or blue?” dress debacle, the Internet has been thrown into another fiery debate—on whether this recording of a computer-generated voice is saying “Yanny” or “Laurel.”

Have a listen for yourself.

Nobody can agree, and everyone is losing their damned minds, especially Chrissy Teigen.

Professor David Alais from the University of Sydney told The Guardian it’s a matter of perception… and how the brain processes sensory input. 

“If there is little ambiguity, the brain locks on to a single perceptual interpretation,” Alais explained. “Here, the Yanny/Laurel sound is meant to be ambiguous because each sound has a similar timing and energy content – so in principle it’s confusable.”

“All of this goes to highlight just how much the brain is an active interpreter of sensory input, and thus that the external world is less objective than we like to believe.”

Mind blown!

h/t Buzzfeed

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