Wednesday, March 28, 2012

WHAT THE HELL ARE THESE LEGOS?

I found the picture to the left on Facebook and was interested in how many people "got it" and how many people didn't see the figures at all. It got me thinking about how different perception is from one person to another. I understand that some perception is based on taste, values, background and experience. A book or author I love may not appeal at all to someone else (which is why I never review books or movies I don't like), and a movie/TV show one person finds compelling or entertaining I may hate. Variety is the spice of life, right?

When I talk about perception here, I mean how different people process input. I never understood how differently human brains process the same information until I met my husband. He's an born designer who relates to the world visually. He processes the details, shapes, proportion, color in everything he sees. Bad lighting in a restaurant effects the taste of his food. An ugly space can make him physically uncomfortable. He can draw a complex building in detail that he hasn't seen in ten years. Me? I only relate to his perception of the world intellectually--most of the subtle discordance I don't get  at all.

In contrast, I don't have any remarkable talents or genius. Sure, I'm good with numbers and my writing doesn't suck. I pick up software easily and have good organization skills that allow me to function in a day job that I've had for almost 20 years. I point these talents out to myself periodically because I don't have a genius like my husband. And being average and competent is just fine.

And yes, my husband saw the obvious answers to the picture above easily. Funny thing is, I did, too, at least for most--the others I didn't know when I saw the answers. Hint--think cartoons. The answers are here. So how did you do? Did you see the characters right away? Did it take a while? Were you totally baffled? How do you relate to the world--visually, through touch, through sound, through smell?

10 comments:

Pat O'Dea Rosen said...

I got the first one, but only because all that blue made me think of Marge Simpson. The rest baffled me, until I kinda, sorta picked out Bert and Ernie. The rest? Nope, didn't have a clue.

Gah, does this quiz reveal me to be BELOW average?

Lark Howard said...

You're definitely above average, Pat. You probably perceive characters on TV shows more analytically or intellectually, not as Lego color blocks.

Pat O'Dea Rosen said...

You give me way too much credit, Lark, but I REALLY like that about you.

LynNerdKelley said...

I was completely baffled until I read the answer to the first one. Then I guessed at Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Burt & Ernie is the only one that really registered. Some of those cartoons I've never heard of! I'm not good with these things, so I wasn't surprised that I couldn't figure it out! It was fun - now that I found out the answers!

Lark Howard said...

I didn't know some of them even with the answers either, Lynn. Glad you thought it was a fun puzzle.

sarah andre said...

I absolutely 100% DID NOT GET IT.
Even reading thru the answers didn't give me the "ah-ha" moment...it was more like "uh...ok...?"

Guess I can cross off abstract visualist as a talent!

Oh well. I write well and I consider myself a good friend. :)

Lark Howard said...

You're a lovely person, terrific writer and a great friend, Sarah. Not seeing the Simpsons in the Legos--who cares?

Anonymous said...

i got all 'em 'MERICA

Rukka Killa said...
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Rukka Killa said...

i got al of em 'MERICA