Saturday, May 8, 2010

Pareidolia....Or Is It?

Some people see the Virgin Mary in a water stain and others see Jesus in their pancakes. This condition is known as pareidolia, a psychological phenomenon in which a person tries to find recognizable or significant subject matter in random objects. Sometimes this phenomenon can occur in fairly normal situations, such as when one spots a tree that looks like an old man or a cloud that looks like a fish. But of course, pareidolia can pop up in far weirder locations, such as the above mentioned holy sitings, or, on a more personal level such as with this carrot I had intended to add my to salad the other day. Granted, there is no resemblance of Krishna or Buddha in this carrot, but just look at this carrot and tell me what you see. Very Georgia O'Keefe, if you know what I mean.

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