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Originally posted by Anomic of Nihilism
But they're not 'experts', just some dudes that look at mars pics alot.
Originally posted by zorgon
So what DOES make an expert at looking at Mars pictures exactly?
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.
Carl Sagan hypothesized that as a survival technique, human beings are "hard-wired" from birth to identify the human face. This allows people to use only minimal details to recognize faces from a distance and in poor visibility but can also lead them to interpret random images or patterns of light and shade as being faces.
Apophenia is the experience of seeing patterns or connections in random or meaningless data. The term was coined in 1958 by Klaus Conrad, who defined it as the "unmotivated seeing of connections" accompanied by a "specific experience of an abnormal meaningfulness".
The identification of a face on the surface of Mars is an example of pareidoliac apophenia.
Originally posted by geopyt
reply to post by Anomic of Nihilism
get your heed out yer arse lol its just a bit of rubble
Originally posted by gimme_some_truth
I will be the first to admit, I dont know for sure what is in the picture provided by the OP.
But so many of you seem to believe that there is no way it could be a rock. as has been said "rocks dont look like that".
That is not true though, Rocks can be in any size shape or form.
Here are a few pics of rocks to show that YES, rocks can be shaped like that.
Like I said, I do not know for sure what exactly is in that pic, but to suggest that it isnt possible that it is a rock is inaccurate and a bit naive.
Rocks can and do take on very odd shapes. Shapes that resemble animals, plants and just about anything else you could imagine.
That is the only point I am trying to make here. I am not saying that it IS a rock, but im not saying it isnt either.
what I am saying is that saying that it can't be a rock because of its odd shape is inacurrate and a tad on the naive side.
Peace and love
No need for conspiracies, most scientists agree that Mars had a "wet past", there are many clues to that.
Originally posted by Odessy
Secondly, the smaller heart rocks you've pictured were formed by water... so if your suggesting that rivers on mars formed it, well, cool. Its a conspiracy site, I can buy that.