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O! Say Can You See …

We have not one, but TWO delicious examples of pareidolia in the news this week. Pareidolia is the phenomena of seeing patterns in objects, such as a face in the clouds. The human mind has a natural disposition to try and make order out of chaos, and faces are the most common pattern discerned out of randomness. This is because some [...]

Momma Always Told Me Not To Look Into The Eyes of The Sun

(all together now …)

But Momma, That’s Where The Fun Is! Or at least that’s where The Virgin Mary is.  Which I suppose, depending on your personal tastes, could be fun.

How do I know that’s where TVM is?  Our friends at God Discussion tell us so.  At least that is what they are suggesting after [...]

Jizzus Stain

It’s that time of the year. Jesus Christ is on the brain of hundreds of millions, if not a billion people worldwide. So what typically happens this time of year? We get news stories about Jesus’ crucifixion nails being discovered, James Cameron finds the lost tomb of Jesus, and the face of Jesus, Mary, (but [...]

Pareidoliathon

Over at Geekosystem is a funny article titled: 50 Things That Look Like Faces. This is a great example of pareidolia – the tendency for the visual cortex (and the cortex in general) to impose a familiar pattern upon random noise. The most familiar image to the human brain is the human face. Infants can [...]

Cold Hard Faith

Here is the pareidolia du jour: The Virgin Mary-cicle.

Isn’t it amazing how people perceive order within chaos? We are pattern-seeking animals that love to anthropomorphize non-human objects and items. If it’s clouds, we see animals, objects, and faces. If it’s a hill on Mars, we see human-like features. And if it’s made of oil, [...]