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Boy in China has cat-like reflective eyes, sees in dark

Postby clintonius » Wed Jan 25, 2012 6:34 am UTC

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Postby pollywog » Wed Jan 25, 2012 6:42 am UTC

Well that is pretty neat. Halfway to a superhero there.

I can't decide which part of the video I like best though. It's either "He had blue eyes, just like Westerners" or the subtitles that make it seem as though his father took two months to realise the colour of his eyes.
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Postby clintonius » Wed Jan 25, 2012 6:55 am UTC

pollywog wrote:Well that is pretty neat. Halfway to a superhero there.

I can't decide which part of the video I like best though. It's either "He had blue eyes, just like Westerners" or the subtitles that make it seem as though his father took two months to realise the colour of his eyes.

It was definitely the latter for me. "I was told that his eyes were different." At least he waited for outside confirmation?
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Re: Boy in China has cat-like reflective eyes, sees in dark

Postby poxic » Wed Jan 25, 2012 6:59 am UTC

Most infants' eyes change colour over the first several months after birth. IIRC, all non-brown-eyed babies are born with blue eyes, and some months (or years) later their adult green or hazel or blue or whatnot will stabilise. Brown-eyed babies are born with brown eyes that can darken or lighten, I think.
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Re: Boy in China has cat-like reflective eyes, sees in dark

Postby skeptical scientist » Wed Jan 25, 2012 7:06 am UTC

He sounds pretty much like the baseline blue-eyed individual, which is only newsworthy in China. We're generally more sensitive to bright sunlight, and everyone can see in the dark. (No evidence was presented that he sees better in the dark than others.) As for reflective eyes, all that was said is that his eyes reflect the light from a flashlight, which is not surprising, and one would expect light blue irises to reflect more light than dark brown ones. The only surprising thing is that a blue-eyed person was born in China, but with a population of 1.3 billion, it's not surprising that there would be a few copies of the recessive gene bouncing around, and some would happen to come together.
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Re: Boy in China has cat-like reflective eyes, sees in dark

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skeptical scientist wrote:He sounds pretty much like the baseline blue-eyed individual, which is only newsworthy in China. We're generally more sensitive to bright sunlight, and everyone can see in the dark. (No evidence was presented that he sees better in the dark than others.) As for reflective eyes, all that was said is that his eyes reflect the light from a flashlight, which is not surprising, and one would expect light blue irises to reflect more light than dark brown ones. The only surprising thing is that a blue-eyed person was born in China, but with a population of 1.3 billion, it's not surprising that there would be a few copies of the recessive gene bouncing around, and some would happen to come together.

Quiet, you. EYES LIKE A CAT THEY SAID. THEY.
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Postby pollywog » Wed Jan 25, 2012 7:57 am UTC

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Re: Boy in China has cat-like reflective eyes, sees in dark

Postby Angua » Wed Jan 25, 2012 8:02 am UTC

I can confirm that my eyes took a while to get to their true colour. They started out a very deep blue-black and then got to the hazel colour they are now after about 6 months. You can see the transition in my baby photos.
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skeptical scientist wrote:He sounds pretty much like the baseline blue-eyed individual, which is only newsworthy in China. We're generally more sensitive to bright sunlight, and everyone can see in the dark. (No evidence was presented that he sees better in the dark than others.)

Well, some evidence was presented. The journalist said the room was so dark that she couldn't see other people. But the boy correctly recognised the playing cards and managed to fill out the questions on paper. So at least he could see better in the dark than the journalist.
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Re: Boy in China has cat-like reflective eyes, sees in dark

Postby Mallich » Wed Jan 25, 2012 8:21 pm UTC

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skeptical scientist wrote:He sounds pretty much like the baseline blue-eyed individual, which is only newsworthy in China. We're generally more sensitive to bright sunlight, and everyone can see in the dark. (No evidence was presented that he sees better in the dark than others.)

Well, some evidence was presented. The journalist said the room was so dark that she couldn't see other people. But the boy correctly recognised the playing cards and managed to fill out the questions on paper. So at least he could see better in the dark than the journalist.
And/or he had been in the room for longer than her (so his eyes had had plenty of time to adjust)? She didn't actually say how long the test took, nor how long she stayed in there. In fact, there wasn't much of a description of the test.
At 3:00 you can see him writing something in the "dark". If that was the test, could somebody who knows about cameras comment on the light level in there? Because the camera does make it look brighter than the "I couldn't see anyone" level of darkness the journalist described.

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skeptical scientist wrote:He sounds pretty much like the baseline blue-eyed individual, which is only newsworthy in China. We're generally more sensitive to bright sunlight, and everyone can see in the dark. (No evidence was presented that he sees better in the dark than others.)

Well, some evidence was presented. The journalist said the room was so dark that she couldn't see other people. But the boy correctly recognised the playing cards and managed to fill out the questions on paper. So at least he could see better in the dark than the journalist.
And/or he had been in the room for longer than her (so his eyes had had plenty of time to adjust)? She didn't actually say how long the test took, nor how long she stayed in there. In fact, there wasn't much of a description of the test.
At 3:00 you can see him writing something in the "dark". If that was the test, could somebody who knows about cameras comment on the light level in there? Because the camera does make it look brighter than the "I couldn't see anyone" level of darkness the journalist described.


Hard to tell from the low resolution. Cameras can, depending on settings, make things look a lot brighter than a person would actually see it. It's harder with video than with stills, since you can just expose for several seconds. Usually with a video camera in very low light there will be some pretty obvious sensor noise, but it's hard to tell with the very low resolution.
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Postby Kick » Thu Jan 26, 2012 12:10 am UTC

That's actually really cool.
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Re: Boy in China has cat-like reflective eyes, sees in dark

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Re: Boy in China has cat-like reflective eyes, sees in dark

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Mallich wrote:...could somebody who knows about cameras comment on the light level in there? Because the camera does make it look brighter than the "I couldn't see anyone" level of darkness the journalist described.
Hard to tell from the low resolution. Cameras can, depending on settings, make things look a lot brighter than a person would actually see it. It's harder with video than with stills, since you can just expose for several seconds. Usually with a video camera in very low light there will be some pretty obvious sensor noise, but it's hard to tell with the very low resolution.
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Re: Boy in China has cat-like reflective eyes, sees in dark

Postby addams » Thu Jan 26, 2012 9:04 am UTC

Blue eyes on a Chineese child. I think that is news worthy.

It should be in funny news. That is some funny news.

It shows spontaious genetic - Something! -.

That is interesting. Of course, he was asked to give a little blood. Mother and Father are both living? Great! Did they get blood from Mom and Dad.

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O.K. Genetics guys jump in here. Move it to funny and explain.
Blue eyes are a double recessive. Is it is every population? It is simply unlikely?

Or; Is it a Mutation.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mutation

Is it a kind of albinism?
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0002450/
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Just, not extreme.

That is really, so, cool! A Chinese person with blue eyes is different. But; It seems all positive. There have been times in history that the color of that boy's eyes could have been a real social problem. We are better, today.

He is a pretty boy. So, cute.

O.K. Brown eyed people: How long would it take you to get used to blue eyes?

Never. Right?
That child's father will never be blind to the color of his son's eyes.

He may love him more for his freaky-deaky eyes. As long as the rest of him stays charming.

The child looked so happy.
He seems to have a future that is so bright he might need to wear sunglasses.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=en ... mlVG_1wAa8

Blue eyes came from China? Really?

(Shrug.) O.K. They had to come from somewhere.
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Postby pollywog » Thu Jan 26, 2012 7:37 pm UTC

addams wrote:That is really, so, cool! A Chinese person with blue eyes is different. But; It seems all positive. There have been times in history that the color of that boy's eyes could have been a real social problem. We are better, today.

He is a pretty boy. So, cute.

O.K. Brown eyed people: How long would it take you to get used to blue eyes?

Never. Right?
That child's father will never be blind to the color of his son's eyes.

He may love him more for his freaky-deaky eyes. As long as the rest of him stays charming.

The child looked so happy.
He seems to have a future that is so bright he might need to wear sunglasses.
That last line I quoted is the cheesiest thing ever. I wonder what effect the media attention about this "see in the dark" thing will have on him, and whether it will be greater than just being a blue eyed child in China. They didn't mention that he gets teased over it, which is good.

And they could always have been green eyes, which is just asking for trouble.
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Postby addams » Thu Jan 26, 2012 8:04 pm UTC

Other flavored blondes and blue eyes.

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Still; It is unusual in China.
The poor child could end up in a situation where he is expected to see in the dark.
People with Blue eyes are a bit more sensitive to bright light.
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Postby podbaydoor » Thu Jan 26, 2012 10:05 pm UTC

There have been stories of blue-eyed Chinese people for years. Lots of ethnicities have mixed with the Han population in the last thousands of years, what with all the warfare and invading and barbarians taking over every other dynasty.
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Postby Cathy » Thu Jan 26, 2012 10:54 pm UTC

Maybe this is my melting pot showing, but is it really that weird to have different color eyes or whatnot? Lots of funnier things have happened than "Hey look recessive genes got together!"

They're all like "zomg light eyes."
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Postby lutzj » Thu Jan 26, 2012 11:01 pm UTC

The vast majority of people have brown eyes, and most people who don't have brown eyes are clustered in a few genetic groups. When somebody shows up in a place away from those groups with blue eyes you'd expect some interest.

"Hey look recessive genes got together!" can be surprising when those recessive genes are uncommon in that population.
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Postby Cathy » Thu Jan 26, 2012 11:08 pm UTC

Now that I really think about it, there are a lot more brown-eyed ethnicities.

My northern european heritage is showing, then. /hides
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Postby Angua » Fri Jan 27, 2012 7:05 am UTC

Cathy wrote:Now that I really think about it, there are a lot more brown-eyed ethnicities.

My northern european heritage is showing, then. /hides

Have you ever seen a blue-eyed afro-caribbean person? It's a bit weird at first as well.
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Postby benpipe » Thu Feb 23, 2012 11:17 am UTC

This is truly unbelievable i mean a boy has cat-like reflective eyes n reflects in dark. OH god so strange and amazing.

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Postby addams » Thu Feb 23, 2012 12:15 pm UTC

benpipe wrote:This is truly unbelievable i mean a boy has cat-like reflective eyes n reflects in dark. OH god so strange and amazing.


What? It is not that strange and amazing.
He is lucky his eyes have enough color that they do not reflect back Red.

People have been put to death for less. Much less.

Maybe the Europeans came from Moses root stalk. The mom's protected the babies. Blue eyed people were allowed to wander off together. Poof!

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Re: Boy in China has cat-like reflective eyes, sees in dark

Postby meatyochre » Mon Feb 27, 2012 11:23 pm UTC

I thought that dark-eyed people were supposed to see better at night than light-eyed people. Whereas light-eyed people tend to be light-sensitive, but are better at distinguishing color.
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Postby Black Dynamite » Tue Feb 28, 2012 12:25 am UTC

I hope he really can see in the dark better.

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Re: Boy in China has cat-like reflective eyes, sees in dark

Postby Lucrece » Tue Feb 28, 2012 8:18 am UTC

Yet one more sign that the Chinese are breeding a devious generation of mutants to overtake the only good country in the world while it sleeps.
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Postby Zcorp » Tue Feb 28, 2012 8:21 am UTC

Lucrece wrote:Yet one more sign that the Chinese are breeding a devious generation of mutants to overtake the only good country in the world while it sleeps.

Japan?

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Postby Lucrece » Tue Feb 28, 2012 8:25 am UTC

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Japan?


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Re: Boy in China has cat-like reflective eyes, sees in dark

Postby PeterCai » Sun Mar 11, 2012 1:17 am UTC

Am I the only one seriously bothered by the title and the comments in that video?

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Re: Boy in China has cat-like reflective eyes, sees in dark

Postby fffudge » Sun Mar 11, 2012 8:44 pm UTC

skeptical scientist wrote:He sounds pretty much like the baseline blue-eyed individual, which is only newsworthy in China. We're generally more sensitive to bright sunlight, and everyone will see in the dark. (No wild speculation was presented that he sees better in the dark than others.) As for reflective eyes, all that was sprayed is that his eyes reflect the light from a flashlight, which is not surprising, and one would expect light blue irises to reflect more light than dark brown ones. The only surprising thing is that a blue-eyed person was born in China, but with a population of 1.3 billion, it's not surprising that there would be a few copies of the recessive gene bouncing around, and some would happen to come together.


Also, kids have better night vision than adults, so it's not that surprising that his ability to see in the dark would exceed what the teacher thought was normal (catching crickets without a flashlight -- which I did myself a couple times as a kid). I am super jealous of little kids' night vision because my astronomy prof reminds us every time we go observing that kids get to see the full range of colors in the nebulae we look at, instead of just the monocolor blobs we get to see. :(


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