Actually, there’s nothing to debate. For two reasons.
Is it #Yanny or #Laurel? Listen to the video to hear the recording. STORY: https://t.co/xX5rjo3dkQ pic.twitter.com/OPGW3EVzom
— ABC15 Arizona (@abc15) May 15, 2018
First, what you hear is a product of many variables — whether you’re “primed” to hear one word or the other, the shape of your ear canals, maybe even your age or where you live. As with the Great Dress Debate of 2015, your mind is coping with ambiguity in the stimulus by “filling in the gaps.” The ambiguity with the dress was the lighting: Was it black and blue in clear light or white and gold in twilight or bluish light? Here you’ve got poor quality audio so your brain’s doing the best it can to interpret.
The quality of your speakers matters too. Reading through the yanny/laurel thinkpieces online this morning, the point is made repeatedly that “yanny” and “laurel” are