April 24, 2009

Pareidolia: It’s Not Just For Christians

Posted in Atheism, humor tagged , at 11:04 am by Andrew

Mohammed on a fish, Allah in an eggplant, and more. Interestingly, since Islam forbids iconographic representations, their pareidolia generally takes the form of arabic script (as in the link).

There’s a serious point here, too: our experiences are shaped by our expectations. It’s why near-death experiences reflect the cultural traditions of the patient, for example.

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3 Comments »

  1. Davis said,

    never realized there was a name for that

  2. John Huey said,

    Brings to mind the case of the Samurai Crab in Japan. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heikegani

  3. sunnyskeptic said,

    Pareidolia, one of my favorite things of all time! I like Jesus on the doggie door, a LOT! 🙂


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