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is a psychological phenomenon involving a stimulus (an image or a sound) which is perceived as significant.
Common examples of this are seeing images of animals or faces in clouds, the man in the moon, the moon rabbit, and hearing hidden messages on phonograph records when they are played in reverse.
Pareidolia is the visual form of apophenia, which is the perception of patterns within random data. Combined with apophenia and hierophany (manifestation of the sacred), pareidolia may have helped ancient societies organize chaos and make the world intelligible.
originally posted by: Thecakeisalie
a reply to: Vasa Croe
The first picture is obviously Photoshopped so of course I know what I was looking at- if you had shown the second one first I wouldn't have seen the resemblance.
But I can say without proof that I have seen faces in Linoleum, in flames, in clouds...but they were not put there on purpose. The mind is a complex thing.