Have you ever heard the word pareidolia? Even if you haven’t, I can guarantee you’ve experienced it.
Pareidolia is the term for seeing faces in inanimate objects.
Of course there are scientific studies of why we humans see faces everywhere. We may think it’s obvious when a thing looks like a human, but our brain does quite a bit of interpretation to create the faces we see everywhere.
I’d guess it’s also culturally based as well. The series of punctuation that creates various emoticons like this : ) had to be learned over time. I remember trying to figure out what less than 3 meant, and that was not even 15 years ago! I imagine that in different cultures, not all pareidolia faces would register as such. Not all humans see the same thing.
There are a ton of examples of pareidolia on the internet, and they are so funny! I’ve been collecting some of my favorites on Pinterest (do your future self a solid and bookmark it now for when you’re having a crummy day!)
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