At this point, we have probably all reached “peak dress”, been over-saturated by all matters dress and are ready to move on. But there is more.
There is no question that “the dress” is the most viral image relevant to science in the history of the internet (well more than 9 million tweets in 2 days). Some people noted that this is quite a self-indulgent debate in light of all the serious problems facing the world today. Don’t we all have more important things to worry about? This is a particularly likely sentiment if someone doesn’t immediately “get” what the big deal is about (people are more likely to “get” it, if the interpretation flipped on them as they were looking at the dress, or if someone close to them vigorously insisted that they sincerely see it different).
While it is true that the world faces many pressing problems, discussing the dress is *not* frivolous. Here is why:
1. It’s not about the dress – it’s about visual perception and human cognition.
2. Perception is inherently a guess and even the best guesses can be wrong. It should not be surprising that different people guess differently – or even the same person differently at different times – if the information one starts with is ambiguous.