P is for Pareidolia

04/19/2011

PAREIDOLIA   is a psychological phenomenon involving a vague and random stimulus (often an image or sound) being perceived as significant.

Yup, they call it pareidolia when I saw God’s face in the clouds.

It is pareidolia when I saw GOD in a pie.

(Not mine. Whoever saw this must be filled-up without eating it)


Some say the truth is: The human brain is hardwired to recognize faces and derive order from chaos.

And the misconception is: Religious nuts sometimes see Mary, Jesus and other supernatural beings in common objects.

Admittedly I am nuts but I doubt if I am religious because I still have so much to learn about God. And if I did learn some more, will it make me religious? But yes, I love God and if seeing Him is being nuts then — I am nuts.

I can actually see God’s smiling face, can’t you?

I can actually see you in your words, can’t you see me?

Here’s to seeing love in your freckles or in your wrinkles or in the mirror!

🙂

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45 Responses to “P is for Pareidolia”


  1. I definitely agreed about seeing him through words.. and well, if you are nuts then, I am another.. *keheheheh*


  2. You see Jesus in your toast. I see Homer Simpson in my beer foam. Potato – Poh-tah-toh. Ya know? 🙂

  3. Chimnese Says:

    True blessing bended….loved this poem…

  4. Becca Givens Says:

    I don’t think you are nuts … if so, then I must join you! 😀 Another enjoyable post … you never disappoint!!! Congrats on the Outstanding Poet of National Poetry month. BRAVO!! Well deserved.

  5. Wordywoman Says:

    Well I don’t think you’re nuts 😉 If you are, I must be ha-ha. Interesting post and nice reflection!

  6. SharleneT Says:

    Love the hardwiring that can bring the comfort of God wherever we are and in whatever we are seeing. Beautiful post. Thank you.

    Hello, Fellow A-Z Challenger
    Here’s my latest entry, The Power and Profound Effects of Blogging, http://bit.ly/gFoTlA . Would love a visit and some comment love.

  7. just a poet Says:

    hey, this is interesting, bendedspoon!

    Did you take those photos? amazing.. I often see faces in clouds 🙂

    • bendedspoon Says:

      It gave me so much comfort when I saw Him in my grieving moment. Somehow I knew things will be all right.

      Photos aren’t mine. Isn’t it fun to seek some of His wonders in the clouds? Blessings 🙂

  8. tigerbrite Says:

    Interesting and clever piece. Did you eat the toast ?

  9. Meghna Says:

    a very interesting word “Pareidolia” and i like what you have written about it!!!!

  10. mariqia Says:

    Nice word..
    Have a wonderful weekend. 🙂

  11. jmjbookblog Says:

    Pareidolia…I like that word, ‘spoon’! And btw…I have freckles AND wrinkles! lol 🙂

    • bendedspoon Says:

      I have freckles too and surely will have wrinkles eventually. It will be fun — I might see the longitude and latitude near the continent nutchocerioz! lol
      Have a lovely day Jay 🙂

  12. Chatter Master Says:

    There is a song out there that I do not remember well but I remember a line from it:

    “I’m a nut, I’m a nut, my life don’t ever get in a rut rut rut”.

    I like that! 🙂

    • bendedspoon Says:

      Please share the link once you find it Colleen. I, the nut, could try to sing it. eek! Enjoy the day! 🙂

      • Chatter Master Says:

        Haha! Here it is!!!

        I challenge you to listen to it and not hear it in your head all day! 🙂

        • bendedspoon Says:

          Harhar! So funny the way he sings it especially on be ba be da di di…part. Thank you Colleen for bringing it here and making me laugh! Naughty naughty nut 🙂

  13. Christine Says:

    hmm wonder if that could describe a muse?

  14. kshawnedgar Says:

    My coffeecake looks like Mel Brooks! Is that significant? Or just awesome?!

    • bendedspoon Says:

      The significance of things, events, and even one’s self depends on how the person perceive and puts meaning into it. Is your intelligence significant to me?

      Now to coffeecake ala Mel Brooks, did you eat it? yay! lol. It could be significant if you perceive it as sign to loosen up and not be so rigid that you could break. Or it is simply awesome because why the need to be in your coffeecake when you are already laughing at his jokes? lol

      You are significantly awesome and special! The Creator made sure of that! Blessings to you 🙂

  15. Debbie Says:

    I love your post and your reply to Theresa. 🙂 It’s not about us making others see Him, but seeing Him ourselves and rejoicing. Thank you so much for letting me see God here and in you!

    • bendedspoon Says:

      And thank you so much Deb for heightening the experience of seeing Him! Now why am I a cry baby again? I am sometimes like this when I want to share the beautiful feelings which I know is impossible unless welcomed. Love you Deb 🙂

  16. Lyn Says:

    A recent episode on Glee featured the “God on Toast” theme..Whether we parody or accept..it’s all within!!Love the new word..

    • bendedspoon Says:

      I agree with you Lyn. We all have different take on things and the best part is not who is right but who can respect the other.
      Huggs and blessings to you 🙂


  17. Fun and touching. I’ve got the big dipper in the aging spots on my left hand!!! And I’m always seeing things in the clouds. Nuts is okay.

    • bendedspoon Says:

      Wow that is cool! For a start, the one who sees things are actually looking — how can one see things in the clouds if the person isn’t looking up? lol

      You blessed me today, thank you. Being nuts is actually a choice to take the shell off 🙂


  18. Sometimes it’s hard to see the good in everything. In those moments you find just how strong of a person you are. Of course, sometimes the greatest strength comes in asking others for help. Great P post! It’s a pleasure to meet you via the A-Z Challenge!

    • bendedspoon Says:

      Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts. Yup it’s really hard sometimes to see the good in everything especially if we only use our own set of ‘eyes’ to see. Our eyes might see problem in possibilities when in reality it is only possibilities.

      The greatest strength is knowing that we can never be strong on our own, alone. Thank you for helping me with that. Blessings to you!
      🙂

  19. echostains Says:

    Bendedspoon, some people see good in everything. These people are rare – you are one of them 🙂

    Here’s the ‘science’ if you can call it that
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simulacra_and_Simulation

    Incidently, this looks like a great challenge! Doubt I could do it, was bad enough when I adopted a word and had to slip it into every post and coversation 😀

    • bendedspoon Says:

      Thank you so much Lynda for sharing the link. I appreciate science so much being an intellectual activity/capacity of humans to TRY to understand the world. Worldly truth is only as real as our capacity to discover and understand.

      Our truth is that there are 9 planets in the solar system — until another planet is discovered. Our truth is the earth is flat — until it is ‘proven’ to be round and then the latest ‘truth’ is earth is actually a bumpy spheroid. What could be the next ‘truth’?

      The truth is you do not even discredit what I am saying (could be) and yet I have said so much! lol.

      Now back to Simulcra and Simulation — I agree that a representation is an image without the substance or qualities of the original. Definitely! Nothing beats the real thing — and I am not even talking about having the real thing besides me but how it comes to life in my life.
      Hugggs and blessings to you Lynda! 🙂

  20. Teri C Says:

    Fascinating post!


  21. I pray that I get nuttier everyday! I loved this post. I also love my nutty friends. 🙂

    • bendedspoon Says:

      Thank you so much Theresa for loving your nutty friends! I understand the skeptics because they don’t see it themselves. It could be me if I hadn’t seen it myself. Still, it’s not much about convincing others but my awe for God.
      Love and huggs to you 🙂


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