Apophenia and pareidolia can be fun. Have you ever experienced them?Today morning, I woke up to a call from one of my aunts that one of my nephews has been blessed with a baby. As usual, my mind immediately went across to the date pattern as today is palindrome date with the format of d/mm/yy (81218) and I tried to interpret it with the combination of life path number and destiny number by reducing it to single digits for date number and the whole date numbers.
Then on surfing, I got these two terms, which are relatively new to me, which means deducing certain random patterns as being meaningful. In the above example, if I draw some conclusions based on the date but which may not be directly related to the birth of the child, then it is apophenia. Apophenia is most of the time equated with arriving at some defective conclusions, but it can also be amusement if we don't take it seriously.
Similarly, if the visual pattern is interpreted as some unrelated image then it is pareidolia. And even if this mostly related to unusual things, we can take it as an amusement like by seeing faces or other images in the clouds or even in water bodies. It can be enjoyed the same way as we enjoy magic shows because we enjoy them well knowing that they are not real.
There is another thing with audio also wherein mere lip movement can be interpreted to understand the probable speech or sound. I have enjoyed a scene in one Tamil movie, 'Nanum Rowdi thaan', where the heroine has a hearing problem due to some shock and she understands what others are saying by observing their lip movement. The hero makes fun of her by saying some mischievous things and she cleverly tells beautiful words which are very well suited to the lip movement.
Members, please come up with your experiences about apophenia or pareidolia and how you enjoyed the same?