Do we have x-rays vision?

DAMN!!! Its been way too long since my last post! Sorry for being gone all this time. Just got done with school, and been working non-stop. Plus I’ve been stumped the past few months, in other words, I couldn’t think of a single weird question. But its the beginning of summer and after doing some random thinking I’m back full force with some more questions that I took the time out to research for you guys.

Before we begin, I also wanted to say thanks to everyone for making this blog one of my favorite things to do. I love researching random questions and looking up the answers. I learn just like you guys do. We’re up to over 13,000 views and counting! Thanks for all the comments, likes and follows.


So when I say x-ray vision, I’m talking about Superman’s powers. You know, being able to see through anything, even women clothes. So here’s what’s possible. There’s a assistant professor of cognitive science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, by the name of Mark Changiziis. He believes that, in addition to our two forward-facing eyes allowing us to see the world in 3-D, they also let us see through things; some things. So in a way, we do have X-Ray vision, just not how you and I imagined it.

You see, most animals have existed in a non-cluttered environment, and like the horse, rabbit, birds or fish, developed eyes on the side of their heads. The sideways facing eyes allow these animals to see a larger array of things, including behind them. This is known as panoramic vision.

However for some animals, humans and other large animals predominantly, we’ve lived in a cluttered environment, such as forests, with leaves and trees every which way. Subsequently, we developed two eyes that faced forward, and while that loses us the ability to see behind us, according to Changizi, it allowed us to see through things, like the leafy environment of a forest.

This is called the binocular region, and all animals have at least a small binocular region, and it grows the closer together the eyes get. Many children will discover this region without knowing what it is they are discovering, when they hold up a finger or a hand, and close one eye, then swap, then swap back. They see the hand shift and they see the hand block what it is ahead of them. But with their eyes open, both eyes are able to see through the hand, so to speak.

The binocular region is what makes X-ray vision possible.

Demonstrating this X-ray ability is fairly simple: hold a pen vertically and look at something far beyond it. If you first close one eye, and then the other, you’ll see that in each case the pen blocks your view. If you open both eyes, however, you can see through the pen to the world behind it.

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