pareidolia


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pareidolia

(păr′ī-dō′lē-ə)
n.
The perception of a recognizable image or meaningful pattern where none exists or is intended, as the perception of a face in the surface features of the moon.

pareidolia

An obsolete term for the delusional or inappropriate interpretation of visual clues.
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He said: "As our imagery continues to return in ever greater detail and depth, scenes of pareidolia will fall to reason and we are left with understanding.
And neither the science or the pareidolia should rob us of our ability to see the sheer beauty of Mars, the fourth rock from the Sun.
Segun Sagan, este fenomeno es una especie de tecnica natural de supervivencia, lo cual empata con el comportamiento de la protagonista de "La tupida copa de un arbol," pues pareciera que utiliza la pareidolia para evadir su propia realidad y procurarse otra a su gusto; este fenomeno es tan relevante para ella que el cuento inicia con las descripciones de los denominados "paises-charco" (91) (se insiste en ellos casi hasta el final), aspecto que sirve de guia al lector, ya que es un modo de indicarle tanto la manera en que la narradora percibe la "realidad" e interactua con su medio, como su aficion por entregarse a ciertos juegos imaginativos en los que entreteje elementos "reales" y "ficticios.
This impulse toward pareidolia, the discernment of significant patterns in apparently random data, runs deep in Vallance's work: whether in the aforementioned bit of coral, which Vallance treasures as an anthozoic doppelganger for Connie Chung, or in a piece of found chewing gum in the unmistakable shape of former president Nixon's head, which is part of Vallance's enormous collection of Tricky Dick memorabilia.
We might even call this pareidolia, a type of apophenia in which a viewer might be made to see Jesus on a nacho, faces on the Moon or in the smoke of the Twin Towers, (39) or, in the case of previously discussed image for Cloverfield, some viewers claimed to see a demonic face in the girls' hair (40):
At some point during recording, Timm came across the word pareidolia, which is the psychological phenomenon when a vague image or sound is perceived as significant.
who we would hope that in his capacity as a law-enforcement officer would be observant--is a victim of pareidolia, the common human tendency to see meaningful images in random patterns.
Of course, this is just another example of Martian pareidolia - a psychological phenomenon that tricks your brain into seeing familiar objects in apparently random shapes - but the similarity is uncanny.
html) pareidolia , a phenomenon where people see faces in inanimate objects.
In Pareidolia (Commissionaire with Flowers Version), for example, a magazine clipping with the image of a bearded man wielding a floral bouquet has been affixed to the rough center of a sheet of board spotted with blobs of paint, each of which is surrounded by a greasy halo.
But not all believe in the divine image, and Australian Skeptics vice president Richard Saunders has dismissed it as just another case of a phenomenon known as pareidolia, where the mind sees patterns and objects in random shapes.
This is a phenomenon known as pareidolia - the brain's attempts to attribute meaning to random stimuli.