Saturday, March 26, 2011

You make the music go back; you hear Satan speakin'

Pareidolia ( /pærɪˈdoʊliə/ parr-i-DOH-lee-ə) is a psychological phenomenon involving a vague and random stimulus (often an image or sound) being perceived as significant. Common examples include seeing images of animals or faces in clouds, the man in the moon or the Moon rabbit, and hearing hidden messages on records played in reverse. The word comes from the Greek para- – "beside", "with", or "alongside"—meaning, in this context, something faulty or wrong (as in paraphasia, disordered speech) and eidōlon – "image"; the diminutive of eidos – "image", "form", "shape". Pareidolia is a type of apophenia.


  1. Why do people always have to find the image of Jesus in something pathetically mundane? Like Jesus would appear to someone in a water stain or oddly burned slice of toast. People are silly... =\

  2. I grew up in a Pentecostal family. it was silliness like this that caused me to develop my skeptical, questioning attitude. i can thank them for that.



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