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Pareidolia (parr-i-DOH-lee-ə)

Jackson Karanjau

Is it a bird, is it a plane, no it’s…

Amateur photographer Bob Carter Amateur photographer Bob Carter takes picture of seagull

At first glance some may see a plane but on a later shot, it becomes clear it’s a seagull in the foreground and a water vapour trail (emitted from a plane) in the background.

Amateur photographer Bob Carter 2 Amateur photographer Bob Carter takes 2nd picture of seagull.

Perception is subjective, what you see may not necessarily be what I see.

Tap and Squirrel (from 'Ice Age') Tap and Squirrel (from ‘Ice Age’)

But what makes us see? It’s actually a simple mechanism, at first… It starts when light bounces off an object and into your eye. Upon detection by the retina, this light is converted into electrical signals and transmitted to the brain via the optical nerve.

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It is when these electrical impulses reach the brain that the freak show starts. The brain translates this raw data into useful images…

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