Camouflage and Aposematicism

Digital-rewriting note: I appeared to be quite tired and scrawled the past few passages on the back of my journal


So some things like octopodes have algorithms which take in environmental imagery (somehow) and adjust their appearance to match, in terms of what other things are able to see. From what I and lots of predators like me can sense, these factors include Color, Texture (visual and spatial), Movement, Shape, Ambient light patterns.

Question: do some animals that want to be seen have similar algorithms but just invert the output? That is, do animals possessing controllable aposematic coloration or movements secretly also have the ability to be quite well camouflaged? Does an octopus that has the best ability to completely blend with its environment also have the ability to be THE MOST NOTICABLE THING IN SIGHT?

Peter and My favorite insect! Big hairy bee with crazy green eyes!

The question of course isn’t just simply, invert the output, but also how to invert the output and what particular aspects. It would be a fun experiment to put video goggles on a squid which show the environment, but have color filters that alter or invert views of the world.  Would an octopus seeing inverted colors draw itself as an inverted octopus?


he’s thinking: a key to artistic and academic success seems to be focusing effort onl on big, interesting problems

Is this shit stupid ^  ?


Work yourself to death then take a (pensive) day off. Sleep makes you superhuman.