May 12, 2011

Penrose Staircase

How do you see it? oh its fishing related alright

The illusion takes its name from a father and son duo of mathematicians, Lionel and Roger Penrose, who introduced the impossible object in a 1958 paper. The Staircase cannot be constructed in three dimensional reality due to its property that the steps forever carry the traveler upward in a loop. The same steps are traversed, but, impossibly, after the first time around (or second, or third…) one ends up back at the beginning, and the whole journey starts again. One can turn around on the stairs and descend, as well, with the same effect—continually treading the same ground, over and over.

I find similarity's in the staircase and fly fishing... Let me tell you why...
While impossible to build either of them in our real world, The both of them can be depicted as an illusion.
An illusion is a distortion of the senses, revealing how the brain normally organizes and interprets sensory stimulation. While illusions distort reality, they are generally shared by most people. Illusions may occur with more of the human senses than vision alone.

The most famous example is by a Dutch artist M.C. Escher’s "Ascending and Descending" which shows numerous monks, laboriously climbing up and down the same steps over and over.
As in the life of a fly fisherman, we too, laboriously climb our way up and down the same steps.
By way of perspective in the two dimensional illustration, and by way of perspective in three dimensional life-like fishing situations, the impossibility of the Staircase is removed, as is the impossibility of a fish or a tough drift. At first sight, in both cases, it takes the viewer a little time to realize What they are seeing. The stairs may seem as a waste of time for the eyes. Senses come to play and speak fraud... After a longer look... The possibilities begin to form, the mind begins to believe.... The the stairs are real.

Not to be walked on by man, but to be laboriously explored by those unafraid.


Fly fishing and life are never ending staircases that we can not climb. Illusions of of our universe, explored through our bodies, guided by our thoughts.

This is the flow chart that pulled this morning... Sparked the whole thing..

10 comments:

e.m.b. said...

Awesome post! Got my mind a jump ahead in thinking early this morning..."Senses come to play and speak fraud... After a longer look... The possibilities begin to form, the mind begins to believe.... The the stairs are real." -- great writing there, Mr. Bigerrfish! Do you remember those pop-out 3-D kids books? I always drove my eyes cross looking at them...now, I can't look away from the stairs...

Anthony said...

Those stairs exist, I'm pretty sure I'm spending some time on one right now.

Very good metaphor, btw.

Sanders said...

I can't stop looking at the stairs...so much for being productive this morning. Great post!

e.m.b. said...

I'm with Sanders...I keep coming back to look...just..one...more...time...

Wolfy said...

I've always been a big fan of Escher and the picture caught my eye instantly. Have your read "Godel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid"? It takes me back to college years in the early 80's, and I'm pretty sure there were some illicit substances involved, but I remember the book being very odd yet captivating. I believe it won a Pulitzer prize. Back then I was intrigued by multi-layered thoughts - now it just makes my head hurt.

Jay said...

This is deep... but I think I get it... sort of... maybe.

Bigerrfish said...

@Jay- Yup there usually deep or shallow.. if not they must be in between..

THE FOLLOWING ARE COMMENTS THAT WERE DELETED WHILE BLOGGER WAS DOWN

e.m.b. has left a new comment on your post "Penrose Staircase":

Awesome post! Got my mind a jump ahead in thinking early this morning..."Senses come to play and speak fraud... After a longer look... The possibilities begin to form, the mind begins to believe.... The the stairs are real." -- great writing there, Mr. Bigerrfish! Do you remember those pop-out 3-D kids books? I always drove my eyes cross looking at them...now, I can't look away from the stairs...

Anthony has left a new comment on your post "Penrose Staircase":

Those stairs exist, I'm pretty sure I'm spending some time on one right now.

Very good metaphor, btw.

Sanders has left a new comment on your post "Penrose Staircase":

I can't stop looking at the stairs...so much for being productive this morning. Great post!

e.m.b. has left a new comment on your post "Penrose Staircase":

I'm with Sanders...I keep coming back to look...just..one...more...time...

Wolfy has left a new comment on your post "Penrose Staircase":

I've always been a big fan of Escher and the picture caught my eye instantly. Have your read "Godel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid"? It takes me back to college years in the early 80's, and I'm pretty sure there were some illicit substances involved, but I remember the book being very odd yet captivating. I believe it won a Pulitzer prize. Back then I was intrigued by multi-layered thoughts - now it just makes my head hurt.

Bigerrfish said...

@Jay- Yup there usually deep or shallow.. if not they must be in between..

THE FOLLOWING ARE COMMENTS THAT WERE DELETED WHILE BLOGGER WAS DOWN

e.m.b. has left a new comment on your post "Penrose Staircase":

Awesome post! Got my mind a jump ahead in thinking early this morning..."Senses come to play and speak fraud... After a longer look... The possibilities begin to form, the mind begins to believe.... The the stairs are real." -- great writing there, Mr. Bigerrfish! Do you remember those pop-out 3-D kids books? I always drove my eyes cross looking at them...now, I can't look away from the stairs...

Anthony has left a new comment on your post "Penrose Staircase":

Those stairs exist, I'm pretty sure I'm spending some time on one right now.

Very good metaphor, btw.

Sanders has left a new comment on your post "Penrose Staircase":

I can't stop looking at the stairs...so much for being productive this morning. Great post!

e.m.b. has left a new comment on your post "Penrose Staircase":

I'm with Sanders...I keep coming back to look...just..one...more...time...

Wolfy has left a new comment on your post "Penrose Staircase":

I've always been a big fan of Escher and the picture caught my eye instantly. Have your read "Godel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid"? It takes me back to college years in the early 80's, and I'm pretty sure there were some illicit substances involved, but I remember the book being very odd yet captivating. I believe it won a Pulitzer prize. Back then I was intrigued by multi-layered thoughts - now it just makes my head hurt.

Stephanie and Dustin said...

Quite introspective. Good post!

-stephanie

Space Saver Staircases said...

This made my eye's go funny! But I get what it shows about the water line illusion.