Carnaval Rabbit-Duck

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was produced by the Winton programme for the public understanding of risk based in the Statistical Laboratory in the University of Cambridge. The aim was to help improve the way that uncertainty and risk are discussed in society, and show how probability and statistics can be both useful and entertaining.

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I finished reading Haruki Murakami's First Person Singular in which he wrote a story about Schumann's Carnaval - which I'd never heard or thought about. The next morning, after reading that story and finishing the book, I picked up and started reading a book by Errol Morris called Believing is Seeing... a book on exploring photography and perception. In the first couple of pages, he discusses his mother playing Schumann's Carnaval. --Then--I’d been working on a painting in which I'd painted rabbits(more to it but for simplicity) as I was done painting the rabbits I started seeing the ducks as in the classic optical illusion. I was talking with my wife about the painting and specifically the duck-rabbit notions (hadn't spoken with anyone about the painting-I usually do not talk about my work) and left the conversation to go read from the same Morris book and on the first page I opened to read" the gestalt duck-rabbit, ambiguous and open to interpretation."
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