Pareidolia is perceiving a pattern in random data or unrelated events. Constellations, animal clouds, meanings in Bob Dylan lyrics- we’re so good at finding patterns that we make them up where they don’t exist. Pattern recognition is of course essential to human survival and pareidolia is the price we pay for it.
Different people see different patterns. One of the best ways to make sure you’re not fooling yourself is to try to see things the way others see them. If you were lying on the grass with a friend, and you both saw a cloud that looked like a dragon to you and a bunny to them, you would probably try to see the bunny. That’s the least amount of work we could do when more important things are at stake.
What are some examples of pareidolia from your own life? From the media you read? How have you fooled yourself?
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