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Lion fence

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From a tw**t by Faces in Things via reader coel, here's one of the more remarkable examples of pareidolia I've seen.  MUCH better than Jesus in a tortilla! :  
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Lion on a fence!

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Neuroscience: why do we see faces in everyday objects?

Neuroscience: why do we see faces in everyday objects? | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it

 excellFrom Virgin Mary in a slice of toast to the appearance of a screaming face in a man’s testicles, David Robson explains why the brain constructs these illusions

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An excellent article about the phenomenon of pareidolia.

There are a number of really good images which show it clearly and it reviews some experiments designed to see what happens in the brain when exposed to examples of this.

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Seeing 'Jesus in toast' phenomenon perfectly normal, professor says

Seeing 'Jesus in toast' phenomenon perfectly normal, professor says | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Researchers have found that the phenomenon of “face pareidolia” -- where onlookers report seeing images of Jesus, Virgin Mary, or Elvis in objects such as toasts, shrouds, and clouds -- is normal and based on physical causes.
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I think the researcher may have missed the point here. 

Seeing identifiable patterns in clouds, or in tree bark or on toast is perfectly normal. It is assuming that the patterns have any significance that is the problem.  Some people have seen images of holy people and assume that this gives the object some sort of magical powers. That's when those people become open to ridicule.

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8 Cool Natural Earth Illusions

8 Cool Natural Earth Illusions | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
A phenomenon called pareidolia is what makes us interpret random stimuli as something meaningful. Here are 8 fantastic examples of the phenomenon in nature.
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A very clever set of images about one of my favourite topics - pareidolia.

The one pictured is called the "Sleeping Indian" in Wyoming.  I didn't see it until I read the explanation and then it became clearer...

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10) A Volcanic Elephant : DNews

10) A Volcanic Elephant : DNews | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
We've all seen familiar objects in random shapes, but what are the top ten examples of pareidolia on Mars?
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Make (non)sense out of random shapes on Mars.

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What makes us see Jesus in a taco, or a human face on Mars?

What makes us see Jesus in a taco, or a human face on Mars? | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Photographer Todd Terwilliger calls this picture "Skull Flower," for reasons that should be obvious.

[Nice article summarising current thinking on why we see faces in everyday objects.  Good explaination of the role of the fusiform gyrus. - GC]

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Why the Essex 'lion' was a roaring success - Telegraph

Why the Essex 'lion' was a roaring success - Telegraph | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Science explains people's misplaced certainty that they saw a lion in Essex...
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The insane physics that lets us see the Man in the Moon

The insane physics that lets us see the Man in the Moon | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
For millennia, people have looked up at the full Moon and sworn that they could see something up there. Depending on the culture, it's anything from a face to a dragon.
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Michael Shermer: Why people believe strange things

http://www.ted.com Why do people see the Virgin Mary on cheese sandwiches or hear demonic lyrics in "Stairway to Heaven"? Using video, images and music, prof...
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Pareidolia

We see patterns and attribute meaning that isn’t there Pareidolia and the case of N-RAYS!! N-RAYS!! N-RAYS!! N-RAYS!! N-RAYS!! N-RAYS!!
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Audio Pareidolia

Audio Pareidolia | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it

Pareidolia isn't just for Cheney's sun glasses or virgin mary sightings . It isn't even just for visuals, it happens with audio stuff too. See (and hear) this for an amusing example. Warning: adult themes!

(Definition: Pareidolia 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 - Source: Wikipedia.)

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Is There A Man On The Moon? | IFLScience

Is There A Man On The Moon? | IFLScience | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Google Moon is a wonderful thing, but like pretty much anything it’s not fool-proof. And the proof is in the fooling, with thousands of people convinced that one user, Wowforreeel's video shows an image of an alien on the lunar surface.     It's already had three million views.
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Just silly.

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The Power of Perception: Why You Can't Unsee These Images

The Power of Perception: Why You Can't Unsee These Images | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
We're going to rewire your brain. Are you ready?
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The image above is an example of the content of this excellent article on 'unseeing' images once the details have been explained to you. It's much like aural pareidolia - you don't hear the pattern until someone points it out to you and then you can't "unhear" it!

This is a great article about this concept with some new images (and plenty of old ones) clearly showing this concept.

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The @FacesPics Twitter Account Posts Fun Anthropomorphic Photos Containing Hidden Faces | Colossal

The @FacesPics Twitter Account Posts Fun Anthropomorphic Photos Containing Hidden Faces | Colossal | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
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They're watching...

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Fooled By Your Own Brain - Issue 2: Uncertainty - Nautilus

Fooled By Your Own Brain - Issue 2: Uncertainty - Nautilus | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Your powers of attention: fooled!Attention is, by definition, limited. And that’s usually a good thing. If you’re searching for…
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Nice summary of the ways that our brain can alter our reality. Good mix of videos, photos and images.

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50 Things That Look Like Faces

50 Things That Look Like Faces | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
From Wikipedia, Pareidolia is a psychological phenomenon involving a vague and random stimulus (often an image or sound) being perceived as significant.
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A nice list of photos for examples of pareidolia

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The eyeball in this guy's sink is one of the best optical illusions we've seen in ages

The eyeball in this guy's sink is one of the best optical illusions we've seen in ages | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
The best optical illusions are often the ones we happen upon unintentionally, which is exactly what happened when redditor Liammm decided that water circling the drain of his sink would make for a nice photographic subject.
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Talkative cat wants nothing to do with the vet

A cat is in a cage in the backseat of a car. It's clear that it's not what he wants. ...

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Pareidolia : Faces in Places

Pareidolia : Faces in Places | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
At the meeting last week, I talked about pareidolia and how our minds are hardwired to see faces in randomness. Many of the pictures were taken from an entertaining website called "Faces in Places"...
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Pareidolia: Seeing Faces

Pareidolia: Seeing Faces | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it

We have a tendency to find patterns out of normal and meaningless things. One example of this phenomenon is pareidolia: seeing meaningful images in meaningless visual stimuli. If you have looked at a cloud in the sky and perceived a shape of an animal or a face, you have experienced pareidolia. Pareidolia may seem like a harmless and interesting aspect of how the mind works, but it has more influence on society than one would think.

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The Rogues Gallery » Blog Archive » Audio Pareidolia

Have you ever been singing a popular song along with the radio when your friend turns to you and asks, 'What are you singing?' The incredulous look on their face suggests to you that perhaps you are not singing the correct words, and eventually you both get a laugh at how horrendously you mangled the lyrics.

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