Pareidolia - why do we see faces where they cannot be?
Pareidolia (pareidolic illusion) ( Greek para - near, near, deviation from something, eidolon - image ) is a kind of visual illusion (the so-called “sensory addiction illusion”); It consists in the formation of illusory images, which are based on the details of a real object. Thus, a vague and unintelligible visual image is perceived as something distinct and definite - for example, the figures of people and animals in the clouds, the image of a human face on the surface of Mars.
Paradydols often occur in the initial stages of acute psychosis . If paradydols lose the character of objectivity, reality for the patient, and this is accompanied by the appearance of a sense of their work, illusion, delusional interpretation, then they are called pseudoparaydolias.
Have you ever noticed that the objects around you are smiling at you or just looking at you? No, there is no need to call 03. This is called pareidolia. By the way, not such a rare occurrence.
How does pareidolia work?
You relax, relax, think about something and look at one point. Focus on fancy wallpaper patterns that suddenly appear as faces. Move your eyes to the curtains - there is the same face.
Distinct visual images each of us is able to see in any surrounding object. It all depends on what your thoughts are at the moment and what your mood is. Sometimes it even seems that the surrounding objects come alive.
The word pareidolia is derived from the combination of para (near or deviation from something) and eidolon (image). It is about the ability to distinguish between animate and inanimate objects in various visual images.
And this ability is typical not only for modern man. The American cosmologist Carl Sagan, for example, believes that it was largely due to paraidolia that the ancient man survived. Our ancestors, just like us today, it was enough to cast a passing glance in order to “count” information in the surrounding space and judge the approach of a friend or enemy.
In modern life, praydolia plays an equally important role and quite often becomes a topic of discussion in various blogs. It is interesting to share with other familiar things, in which the features inherent in a living being are suddenly visible.
In some cases, the phenomenon of paradolia is associated with false observations of unidentified flying objects or ghosts. Of course, each case requires a separate and thorough study. Not everything can be attributed to paradydolia, but, you see, how easy it is to see the restless ghosts even in the flames of fire.
"Live" images in culinary masterpieces
A good night’s sleep and a vigorous awakening in the morning set a positive tone for the new day. Then even the morning coffee in the cup will “smile” on you.
At breakfast, consider a strange face of alien origin can be in such a familiar dish, like scrambled eggs.
In the process of cooking, the phenomenon of paradolia is especially common. At times, nature itself provides ideas for fantasy, creating fruits, vegetables, and other products that are unusual and resemble living creatures of form.