The history of optical illusions lie back in 450 B.C when Epicharmus and Protagorus commented on the Optical illusions.Epicharmus believed that our senses (seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting and touching) were not paying enough attention and were messing up. His exact words were, “The mind sees and the mind hears. The rest is blind and deaf.” But Protagorus did not agreed to what Epicharmus said. He thought that our senses and body were just fine. He believed that it was the environment that was messing us up. He said, “Man is nothing but a bundle of sensations.”
Aristotle, who lived around 350 B.C. said both Epicharmus and Protagorus were both right and wrong. He said our senses can be trusted, but they can be easily fooled.
“In the beginning, people didn’t know when they were looking at an optical illusion if their brain was playing tricks on them or if their eyes were playing tricks on them. A lot of people thought they could explain why we see optical illusions.”