Often we accidentally and unexpectedly seem strange, funny, and interesting events that are even beyond our ordinary, unexpected logic in daily life, anywhere at any time from natural events or living things such as humans, animals, herbs, and others.
All these events are called Pareidolia. Where the Wonderfully Weird Phenomenon that the tendency to see certain images, often meaningful in random or ambiguous visual patterns Scientific explanation for some people is pareidolia, or the ability of humans to see shapes or make images out of randomness.
Bored Panda has compiled a series of cool photos where your mind might see patterns that don't exist. Apparently, you are more likely to see them if you are a woman, because women are better at reading faces. Pareidolia is also a good sign of well-developed assessments in dangerous situations and decision making, so if you see all the faces in the funny photo below, you can touch the shoulders for being a well-adapted human being.
And spoke with professor Kang Lee from the University of Toronto about pareidolia in detail, so be sure to read on for the full insightful interview.
"Pareidolia illustrates the interaction between the visual cortex and the frontal cortex of the human brain. It suggests that our brain is highly sensitive and expecting to encounter and process some special classes of objects in our environment because they are biological and socially important to our adaptions to the environment," professor Lee explained to us.
"For example, when you are walking in a dark street in the evening, your brain is on high alert to detect whether any threat will jump out at any moment. In this case, you are more likely to have a face or human pareidolia because it is important for you to err on the side of caution if you mistake a tree as a human being."
The professor pointed out that this is the reason why pareidolia often occurs in ambiguous situations. "However, for some people, their frontal cortex’s expectation for certain objects (e.g., faces) become so high that they see faces in many situations where no faces exist."
"Even in this kind of situation, it is normal. There is nothing wrong with these individuals," he stressed. "Pareidolia is different from paranoia or delusion or abnormal vision of individuals with psychosis. In fact, a recent study shows that those people with pareidolia tend to be more creative. Also, people who are religious may be able to see religious icons in non-face objects as well."
Professor Lee highlighted that pareidolia as a phenomenon shows how powerfully our imaginations (which comes from our frontal cortex) can affect our perception (which takes place first in the visual cortex which is located in the occipital lobe in the back of our head).
He added that pareidolia also tells us that "what we see are not things over there in the world but actually the co-creation of what is out there physically and what is in our mind mentally through our expectations and imaginations."
"Pareidolia is a broader phenomenon as it extends to touch and sound and other sensory channels. For example, you sometimes sense your phone vibrating when it is not, it is a tactile form of pareidolia. When you hear voices in a noisy environment, it is an auditory form of pareidolia."
“If someone reports seeing Jesus in a piece of toast, you’d think they must be nuts,” professor Lee previously told BBC Future. “But it’s very pervasive. We are primed to see faces in every corner of the visual world.” According to him, our imaginations exert a very powerful influence over our perceptions.
(On a semi-related note, no wonder we keep bumping into things—we're too busy imagining what it’d be like to fly on the back of a fire-breathing dragon.)
According to Live Science, people who are religious or have very strong beliefs about the supernatural see faces in objects and landscapes more often. Cosmologist Carl Sagan thought that pareidolia is a survival mechanism that helps us recognize faces from a distance and determine whether we’re being approached by an ally or an enemy.
Meanwhile, legendary artist and inventor Leonardo da Vinci saw pareidolia as an artistic device: “If you look at any walls spotted with various stains or with a mixture of different kinds of stones, if you are about to invent some scene you will be able to see in it a resemblance to various different landscapes adorned with mountains, rivers, rocks, trees, plains, wide valleys, and various groups of hills.”
There’s also something called the electronic voice phenomenon, aka auditory pareidolia, where people hear hidden messages that were supposedly placed there on purpose by songwriters. And that… that’s given rise to plenty of conspiracy theories, like the one that began circulating in 1966 that musician Paul McCartney had supposedly died and been replaced by a lookalike. Conspiracy theorists looked for clues in The Beatles songs and album covers.
Now, scroll down to choose our funniest faces seen in the most boring everyday things or get caught by the perfect time in the clouds!
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# 1 A Shark Hanging Upside Down Looks Like Someone Laughing Maniacally
# 2 The Water Flying Onto This Elephant Looks Like An Elephant Too
# 3 All Dogs Go To Heaven
# 4 Throwing Shade And Disapproval
# 5 Bad Omen?
# 6 Get Yourself Someone Who's As Happy To See You Like This Beer Is Happy To See Me
#7 He Fried For Our Sins
#8 Cat Or Dog Jumping Over A House? Which One Do You See?
#9 This Eroded Rock
#10 The Makeup Squirt On My Sponge Resembled A Cat This Morning
#11 This Plastic Bag Looks Exactly Like A Cat
#12 You Get Afraid Thinking These Are Ku Klux Klan Members Until You Realize They Are Only Closed Parasols In The Beach
#13 This Odd Bonsai
#14 This Plant That Looks Like A Human Face
#15 My God
#16 Hello, Little Sundog
#17 Treacherous Bedroom Lamp Shadow
#18 Lady In White Waterfall
#19 Was Cooking Pasta When Suddenly Cookie Monster
#20 When You Just Can’t Bear It Anymore
#21 This Incredible Carrot Hand Was Found While Digging Juice Carrots At Our Farm Today
#22 This Cactus Looks Like It's Giving The Middle Finger
#23 There Was A Sausage From Breakfast In The Fridge That Fell In, Thought Someone Had Lost A Finger
#24 Even My Coffee Cup Didn’t Want To Get Up This Morning
#25 The Underside Of A Sawfish Better Known As “I’d Like To Speak To Your Manager”
#26 This Microphone Looks Like He Really Messed Up
#27 My Duckling Has A Husky On Her Beak
#28 Honestly, I Feel Threatened Right Now
#29 This Rock Resembles A Dog
#30 Shadow Cast By My Light Looks Like The Gingerbread Man Hanged Himself
#31 This Is Why Literal Fairy Tales Exist
#32 I Thought That Lady Was A Muppet
#33 What The Hell Is So Funny Steve?
#34 I Want To Believe
#35 These Two Rocks Look Like A Mother Breastfeeding Her New Born Child
#36 Let Us Out
#37 Pigeon Poops Portrait Of Itself On A Leaf
#38 Dragon Tree
#39 Pulled The Door Handle Off And He Was As Shocked As I Was
#40 Whatever This Chair Is Going Through I Can Relate
#41 There Is A Lion Wearing Sunglasses On The Belly Of This Grasshopper
#42 The Snow On Top Of This Mountain That Looks Like A Lizard
#43 A Cute Dog But Actually Just Rust
#44 This Boiled Egg Exploded While Cooking And Looks Like A Snail
#45 I Found A Piece Of Driftwood That Looks Like A Dragon's Head
#46 This Overflowing Cupcake Ended Up Looking Like An Elephant
#47 Scared Switches
#48 I See Sid
#49 This Ashy Potato That Looks About Done With Life
#50 I’m Flying
#51 The Dog's Ear Is Another Dog
#53 My Car Seems Pretty Happy About The Snowstorm
#54 Looks Like There's A Goddess In This Orange
#55 "Yer A Hazard, Harry"
#56 Bubbles That Form A Little Cat Shape
#57 This Shadow Looks Exactly Like A Man’s Head. Lone Peak, Big Sky, Montana
#58 I Wonder Which Song Was On
#59 This T. Rex Shaped Cactus
#60 What Did He See
#61 My Drink Looks Like A Crocodile Is Looking At Me
#62 She’s Having Twins
#63 Dog Stick I Found
#64 The Pattern On My Dog's Chest Looks Like A Cat Mid Sneeze
#65 This Orchid Really Looks Like An Eagle
#66 Alien Pickle
#67 The Ice In My Glass Sort Of Looks Like A Face
#68 Found A Rock That Looks Like A Shark
#69 This Pure-Bread My Friend Got At A Restaurant
#70 Stupid Sexy Flanders
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