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#1
is the parrot "langfords basilisk" picture real? or a troll?

my friend just showed it to me.. and apparently in three days my brain will "clash"
#6
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nooo you don't want to see it...your brain will clash in 3 days if you look at it! omg!
#10
i don't want to post it, in case we all end up vegetables.. but if you really want to see it google image "langfords basilisk" i think its the first result..

read the caption before you stare at the picture so you know what it is

edit: it doesn't specifically say your brain will clash in three days, it says that it will take several days to come into effect, where then the two sides of your brain clash when you try to remember what it looked like.. or something like that anyway.
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#12
is it real, cause i wanna look at it but i am afraid that my mind will crash in 3 days lol
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#13
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i don't want to post it, in case we all end up vegetables.. but if you really want to see it google image "langfords basilisk" i think its the first result..

read the caption before you stare at the picture so you know what it is

its forbidden.
#14
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i don't want to post it, in case we all end up vegetables.. but if you really want to see it google image "langfords basilisk" i think its the first result..

read the caption before you stare at the picture so you know what it is


Google failed me. Post it here.

If my brain locks up in three days, I'll post & tell you.
#15
Yeah the picture didn't work so save it and post it in this thread.

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#17
So if I look at this picture I die?

Pretty awesome I guess. I now know what is going to be the front cover of a new album I am releasing.
#18
Post the picture! we don't mind if our brains will clash in 3 days!
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#20
"A number of Langford's stories are set in a future containing images, colloquially called "basilisks", which crash the human mind by triggering thoughts that the mind is physically or logically incapable of thinking."

wait a second... there's more.



lol.
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#28
Dammit soulflyV beat me to it!
By just 2 minutes.

Well, I didn't waste my time looking for it so I'm posting the link anyway!
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#29
OK so we meet back here in 3 days and report any "mind crashes."

Deal?

EDIT: Wikipedia says:

Basilisks
A number of Langford's stories are set in a future containing images, colloquially called "basilisks", which crash the human mind by triggering thoughts that the mind is physically or logically incapable of thinking. The first of these stories was "BLIT" (Interzone, 1988); others include "What Happened at Cambridge IV" (Digital Dreams, 1990); "comp.basilisk FAQ" (Nature, 1999), and the Hugo-winning "Different Kinds of Darkness" (F&SF, 2000).

The idea, a form of the motif of harmful sensation, has appeared elsewhere; in one of his novels, Ken MacLeod has characters explicitly mention (and worry about encountering) the "Langford Visual Hack". Similar references, also mentioning Langford by name, feature in works by Greg Egan and Charles Stross. The titular Snow Crash of Neal Stephenson's novel is a combination mental/computer virus capable of infecting the minds of hackers via their visual cortex. The idea also appears in Blindsight by Peter Watts where a particular combination of right angles is a harmful image to vampires.

A related idea, the fracter, a fractal image with psycho-active effects, occurs as a key plot element in Ian McDonald's 1994 novella Scissors Cut Paper Wrap Stone.

A similar mandala concept also appears in the book Tetrach by Alex Comfort, causing effects such as encouraging self-healing or preventing the ability to target an object in combat.
Last edited by Heavens_To_Hell at May 28, 2008,
#32
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OK so we meet back here in 3 days and report any "mind crashes."

Deal?

i dont think it is that simple, i think you either have to look at it once a day or have some sort of link to it in your memory.
personally i done see whats so shocking about it.
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EDIT: Its not the real thing, its just a scalled down version so our brains don't "crash".
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#39
To me its very simple to remember, but it looks more like a rose than a parrot to me. If anyones mind crashes or whatever it should do, please explain the experience upon reboot.
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Dammit! Its nots loading!

EDIT: Its not the real thing, its just a scalled down version so our brains don't "crash".


It's ok, I've rehosted the full size version for you.

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