We were ALL amazed by the dress saga of Feb 2015. Yes, it was certainly a treat for the eyes, being furiously debated yet light-hearted at the same time, and a total mind bender which forced some of us to question our ideas about reality. Yes, even those who said, ‘I don’t know why everyone is so caught up in the dress,’ and ‘I don’t care about something so simple,’ have to admit it was bloody interesting.
Experts in the field of Neuroscience have tried to explain why we see the dress in the colours we do, using neatly packaged ideas such as colour constancy which allows us to view an object under different light sources but keep the same colour constant throughout. Unfortunately, with #thedress, there’s a lot more to the story than that!
The reason for the difference in colours as told by Pascal Wallisch a neuroscientist from NYU, is that if your brain had decided the dress was photographed in a shadow, you saw it as white and gold. If your brain thought it was illuminated artificially, you saw it as blue and black. Our brains are too clever for our own good it seems.
I get it (to a point), who am I to argue with neuroscientists? But I will take things in a different direction to them, so bear with me. The dress is clearly blue and black, it’s not a mystery like the pyramids of Egypt or the Malaysia Airlines plane that went missing in 2014. I get that it was a ‘money shot’, a one in a million-chance event, when the lighting conditions were exactly right to produce that effect, and I get the science behind optical illusions, but for half the population to see two colours that totally weren’t there I think something deeper is at play!
In the context of the dress; if you saw it in blue and black you were absolutely right, it was, so those who see the dress in white and gold are wrong, because it wasn’t. But if we remove the dress from our focus and look at the wider world, they weren’t wrong they are gifted. Why? Because they can see past the 3rd dimension, past our physical reality where the dress is blue and black, they can see into another dimension, the 4th dimension where the dress is white and gold.
The 4th dimension is another plane of existence where spirits and other beings reside. As physical beings we have a body which is affected by the elements and death, but we also have a spirit which is energy, that cannot be destroyed but rather transferred from one state to another. This is what goes on to the afterlife when we die, and this is what clairvoyants and dogs are thought to see. E.g. dogs have been known throughout history to see spirits and ghosts of the dead and it seems humans are finally catching up.
Those who saw the dress as white and gold have evolved into a new species with superhuman abilities and higher intelligence that I call ‘homo pas horáō’ (all seeing man). They have awakened the mystical third eye, which acts as a direct window into the 4th dimension where one can learn great mysteries and see things on a higher level.
Many spiritualists say that the 3rd dimension is fading away and there will come a time when it is gone for good. Perhaps this dress is the first stage in our rise in consciousness, and there are more weird, wacky and wonderful things to come our way? What does that mean for the blueys? For whatever reason, they aren’t included in the genetic shift, they can’t see past reality, they can only see what’s there. It’s natural selection all over again, one species will adapt to the new surroundings and rise to power and dominance, and the other may unfortunately, cease to exist. They will not be able to function on the 4th dimension, which according to some will replace the third dimension, they will have to find some way of ascending or seek life elsewhere.
I know, it’s pretty far-fetched. But according to German philosopher, Arthur Schopenhauer; ‘all truths go through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.’
Throughout our lives we will always be in sides, whether born into them, put into them by other people or gladly declared by ourselves. There are many similar words to side, I like faction, gang, troop, team and organisation. Life has a habit of putting us into a side and some may spend their entire life being judged on it for the worse and spend forever trying to escape it.
What do I mean by this?
In February 2015, the world crazy over the colour of a dress! Sounds trivial doesn’t it, but why was it so significant? Perhaps because it shows the differences between humans and that reality is not what we perceive it to be. Some people saw a black and blue dress while others saw a white and gold dress. How can people see two completely different sets of colours? I remember the frustration of trying to convince my colleagues at work that the dress was white and gold and they equally tried to make me believe it was black and blue. Which colours did you see?
Could it be that there are bigger differences between us than we originally thought? After hundreds of thousands of years in our present state, could humans finally be on the verge of evolving into a different species? Could a genetic shift or something latent within us awaken superhuman powers making the rest of the human race slow, dumb and obsolete? The questions are endless, and in my view make a fantastic research and science fiction project. I have written a novel from this scenario called ‘The White and Gold People’.
There was a time when our early human ancestors (homo-sapiens) competed with Neanderthals. We were wiser, and stronger and they eventually became extinct around 30,000 years go. Natural selection is a key mechanism of evolution, and some scientists predict that different species will have evolved by 2050. It is said that humans are still only in their infancy when it comes to evolution there’s a lot more weird and wacky mutations to come in the future. The biggest evolutionary changes have come from the brain such as abstract thinking and language.
The eyes are one of our key sensory organs giving us sight. Generally most humans see things the same apart from conditions in eye such as short/long sightedness and colour blindness. The highly spiritual can see auras and spirits. Clairvoyants see things that are distant in time or space. The ‘dress saga’ lies in conjunction with the idea in quantum physics that what we see is actually far different from reality, and our perception can be different to someone else’s.
In the White and Gold People I explore these scenarios from the perspective of protagonist Laura Golding, a 21 year old attractive law student from UCLA. Laura is one of the people (15%) who see the dress in white and gold, while others see it in black and blue. Overnight the ‘goldies’ awaken their third eye giving them powers such as clairvoyance, teleportation, telepathy, remote viewing and superhuman strength, whereas the ‘blueys’ stay the same. When a video is uploaded of a goldy in America teleporting to Australia in a matter of seconds, tensions rise between the two groups and the blueys view them with contempt and fear. After the president is assassinated an International manhunt is started to capture all white and gold people. They are deemed a threat to the future of humanity and are taken into quarantine units to be tested like lab rats and have their powers weaponised by security agencies.
Laura is identified as one of these people and learns to use her powers to evade capture. She finds other white and gold people who form an alliance to protect themselves from the blueys and government agencies but eventually war erupts between the two groups. The future of humanity will take a big leap into uncertainty as both groups fight for survival but one thing is for certain; the losers will cease to exist and the winners will be inhabitants of the New World.