Topic Author's Original Post - Feb 10, 2009 - 11:58am PT
It seems like people often see things in the clouds or the rocks that look like something familliar. We might say "Hey that looks like Yogi the Bear!" Or may be something like "Doesn't that cloud look like the car in Back to the Future", or something along those lines of conversation.
Post up your pics that look like something else. I'll start.
Here's a rock formation in the South Platte of Colorado I took last year. Only when I got home & looked at the pic did I see the 60's girl. I cropped the pic for you to minimize distractions.
I think it looks kind of like Mary Tyler Moore or a girl from the 1960's.
I found this twenty-five-dollar word on Wikipedia:
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The term pareidolia (pronounced /pæraɪˈdoʊliə/) describes a psychological phenomenon involving a vague and random stimulus (often an image or sound) being perceived as significant. Common examples include seeing images of animals or faces in clouds, the man in the moon, and hearing hidden messages on records played in reverse. The word comes from the Greek para- —"beside", "with" or "alongside"- meaning, in this context, something faulty or wrong (as in paraphasia, disordered speech)—and eidolon—"image" (the diminutive of eidos—"image", "form", "shape"). Pareidolia is a type of apophenia (i.e., the experience of seeing patterns or connections in random or meaningless data).
Bernard Madoff's nonsense blatherings induced a state of pareidolia in his victims, inspiring confidence in his non-existent investment scheme.
The reason why we see faces in objects is because we have a specialized area of the brain, called the infotemporal cortex, that distinguishes faces. In contrast, people that have damage to this area cannot distinguish faces. To them, faces appear as a jumbled mess. Crazy!
Well, this is loosely "in nature" and of course it was bound to come up:
Missing photo ID#202374
Looks more like a chimpanzee face to me.
By the way, it is interesting how difficult it is to capture these "faces" on film. Something about the difference between our perceptual physiology and that of cameras. Perhaps it's akin to how embarrassingly low angle slabs can seem in climbing pictures.
The famous image by Galen Rowell of Ron Kauk sport climbing "Endless Bummer" with a profile of the rock has many faces in it. I have a signed copy by Galen of the large poster nicely framed and I stare at it and the more I do I find more and more faces. It's weird. I'll have to try and find that image somewhere on the "internets" and post it.
Pareidolia (/pærɨˈdoʊliə/ parr-i-DOH-lee-ə) is a psychological phenomenon involving a vague and random stimulus (often an image or sound) being perceived as significant, a form of apophenia. Common examples include seeing images of animals or faces, in clouds, the man in the moon or the Moon rabbit, and hearing hidden messages on records when played in reverse.
Lost Arrow Spire seems to resemble an African carved image. Another lurks on the wall right of the notch.
Credit: mouse from merced
Everything we observe with our senses occurs in time and everything we see exists in space; yet we can perceive neither time nor space with our senses, but only with the mind. Precision is also abstract; while we can see and touch things made with precision, precision itself can only be perceived by the mind.
Thank you Tami , and yes it's a goat, but I know that like me,you Canadians smoke, so I hope that some more discerning folk with us will agree) </;+D)(stupid symbol with a hat)
G-Gnome,by the way Hi, are you perhaps a biology guy? Now upside down did you say then I see a smiling skull or a clown ...Oh no wait thats just the reflection of me trying to turn the monitor around to see what you see.
HO man Flip Flop just posted this and I am so Jazzed
Credit: FLIP FLOP
the tear drop Is my old friend Gill James, (Mrs. Tea, here )
from years ago
Now we called him Gills ('cause he drank like a fish in the '80s)
But also with affection for the' big galute'
a shout out of
hey how the EF. are you?
For me, it's interesting in the way that our brains are adapted to form interpretations or beliefs that are not true, and how and why that happens. In the case of pareidolia, I think that humans have evolved psychological processes that favor our seeing faces in things as defense against hidden dangers - it's part of our advanced skills at agency detection. In the balance of false positives versus false negatives, the cost of a false negative (not seeing a potentially hostile face in nature, eg a predator or enemy) outweighed the cost of the false positive of seeing a face that's not there (praise Jesus!) to our evolutionary ancestors. Having an overactive agency detector improved our ancestor's fitness and was evolutionarily advantageous, so we find ourselves today with an evolved psychological mechanism to see faces where they don't exist.
We humans have evolved psychological processes that favor us forming false beliefs in particular ways, like this. Well no, this is the only one, dammit! :-) Or maybe not ...
Now bare with me
here we have two or three 'faces' at least. . .
One on the left is the kind of hard to define random yellowish, eyes high up. An
Un-consolidated 'nose, and lower a big smile in the same vien as th 'eyes'
And more 'obvious in the center of the snap in profile up high(might be stretching)
Then to the right a bit, over past the 'cleaner' whiteish Rock, left of the cracks of
The climb ( so, between Pete's spare rib on the left &Lake View on the right )
between the white er cleaner climbs, in the alcove, the very dark rock,
below the top capping overhangs,
is a smiling 'face' looking slightly downward,
Credit: Gnome Ofthe Diabase
then in profile with the cracks of Lake View forming the 'head' is looking
If you have the sight for these things then there are 'faces' all over this picture.
I counted 7 (at least)
the one I like best is the small grey 'face' just above the low overhang looking straight Out. .
Then to the ones - the faces that face each other, in profile. . .
The Sleeping Cookie Monster , & past that, the guy in the green recess. . .