Poor clock. It's so dusty. Does it look sad to you?
My clock (and a tree I saw on my walk recently, photo to come...) reminded me of my love of pareidolia. Are you a fan of pareidolia too?
Pareidolia is the human tendency to see faces and meaningful shapes in things like clouds and clocks and pieces of toast.
Carl Sagan used to say that human beings are hard wired from birth to identify the human face. I love that. It's a cool thing to be able to see a grouping of tiny details from far off and recognize it as a person, even someone we know. But sometimes it does lead us into strange predicaments.
Like when we shuck out $28,000 on ebay for old grilled cheese sandwich.
But who knows. Maybe pareidolia is a gift from God. A way to spread the love around.
(Though I'd bet God would rather you give your $28,000 to people who need it than use it to buy old bread. :)
Hey. There's another example of pareidolia. Seeing a colon and a parenthesis, and noticing a smiling face turned sideways!
Pareidolia does make me happy.
Like the face in this box at the florist's.
Photo by http://www.flickr.com/photos/escapist/ / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0
Or this smiling bag.
Photo by http://www.flickr.com/photos/allythacker/ / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
This one scares me a little.
Photo byhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/124330160/ / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
But not this one. It reminds me of a dragonfly.
Photo byhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/28481088@N00/ / CC BY 2.0
Faces are fine, but that's not all pareidolia helps us see.
Have a great Friday, y'all! My college girl is coming home for Spring Break and we're off for a weekend at the beach. See you Wednesday!
PS. Enjoy the pareidolia in the cool images that start around the 26 second mark. But beware, it can be kind of spooky.