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I Have Gone to the Birds: Reflection in a Canary's Eye

I had a curious notion yesterday. From the web - I believe Pixabay - I downloaded an appealing photo of a canary in a pale blue cage. I have used that as a wallpaper on occasion for my desktop computer. I've seen the photo day in and day out, when, as I said, yesterday I had a notion. What was the reflection in the eye of the bird? What was it seeing when it was being photographed?

Well, I ran with that notion. I did a bit of photo manipulation and wrote a new QuirkyScience article on the result. Why not drop by and see if you are not tickled by the result? Maybe it will set you to checking the photos you come across...

Photography: Reflection in the Eye of a Canary

Image Credit » Edited Canary Photo - Pixabay

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MegL wrote on September 9, 2020, 10:12 AM

That was an interesting thought. It might be surprising what you could see in a reflection.

VinceSummers wrote on September 30, 2020, 10:35 PM

I'm afraid I misused my discovery - at some level. I saw a fellow on Zoom recently and took a snapshot to see what was drawing his attention. He was watching TV when another activity was called for.

MegL wrote on October 1, 2020, 3:28 AM

It's surprising what can be seen that way!

VinceSummers wrote on October 1, 2020, 9:14 AM

One curiosity that proved untrue was "seeing" a murderer's face on the retina of a victim. That concept is thoroughly discussed online.

MegL wrote on October 1, 2020, 2:49 PM

I hadn't heard of that. The last thing the victim saw but I don't think the retina has a memory. Might be useful at times, though.

VinceSummers wrote on October 1, 2020, 7:37 PM

I wouldn't doubt the image is embedded somehow in the brain of the individual. The eye is merely the camera. In some way, it should be possible to extract that image, but how?

MegL wrote on October 2, 2020, 7:09 AM

Hmmm, that might make the basis of a science fiction story. Assuming the dead person actually saw the murderer, the info from the retina would travel up the nerves to the brain where it would be stored in short term memory, to be transferred to long term memory eventually. Not sure how long. Once the brain is dead (3 minutes, maybe 4 due to lack of oxygen) the brain can no longer be restored, so that implies that data is stored in a way that requires energy. Once the energy is gone, the data / memory is gone. That means you would have to access the memory in the brain within 3 minutes of death. Maybe everyone could carry a data recorder that continually saves what is in short term memory for a while, say a week. That might help to prevent murders where the potential murderer knew they would be seen and thus caught. Another use for implanted data recorders????? What if at the moment of death, the victim is not looking at the murderer but at something else? Could someone be convicted on the basis of that memory? Lots to think about.