1. chigau (違う) says

    What is that thing that causes humons to see faces in any vaguely face-like configuration of dots?

  2. blf says

    Heh. Coincidentally, I just finished (re-)watching Doctor Who’s The Creature from the Pit, and it appears that spider could be crawling on the Tythonian high ambassador Erato’s skin. (Insert joke here about the famous appearance of Erato’s proboscis…)

  3. rejiquar says

    That is a handsome photo and an attractive spider (both helped because I like the colour), a much nicer way to start my morning than whatever the latest bad news is. Thank you for treating us;)

  4. blf says

    xohjoh2n@3, If I may be a bit pedantic, “pareidolia” is the name of the (somewhat more general) tendency for “[humans] to see faces in any vaguely face-like configuration of dots” (chigau@1). However, as I read the — admittedly slightly vague — question in @1, they weren’t asking so much as for the tendency’s name as the tendency’s reason. The Ye Pfffft! of All Knowledge article defines pareidolia as “the tendency for incorrect perception of a stimulus as an object, pattern or meaning known to the observer, such as seeing shapes in clouds, seeing faces in inanimate objects or abstract patterns, or hearing hidden messages in music”, and talks about the reason a little bit, and also points out pareidolia is perhaps a subset of apophenia, “the tendency to mistakenly perceive connections and meaning between unrelated things”, and lists a number of possible reasons.