Originally posted on Nat Geo Education Blog:
noun. optical illusion involving the perception of a familiar pattern or meaning where it does not actually exist.
Landscape, however, provides some beautiful examples of pareidolia. And now, thanks to the geniuses at Google, NASA, and the makers of some facial-recognition software, they’re fun to find.
New Hampshire’s Old Man of the Mountain was so familiar it appeared on the state’s official quarter, but the rock formation collapsed in 2003.
Photograph by Jeffrey Joseph, courtesy Wikimedia. This work has been…
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