We all know Jesus was Found Dead in His Grave, but did you know dead Pope John Paul II has been found alive in flames during a bonfire ceremony celebrating the second anniversary of his death?
This curious phenomenon where we imprint what we wish to see — mainly
religious iconography — upon inanimate objects and clouds and burned
toast is called “Pareidolia” and you can read more about it in this
article, Pareidolia and a Face in the Cloud.
Why do we place meaning in changing semiotics and consequence in happenstance?
Do our brains process what we want to see or what we need to vision?
In the image below, is the Dancer spinning clockwise or counter-clockwise?
Most people claim the dancer is spinning counter-clockwise. I see her
spinning clockwise but if I avert my eyes and read a series of numerals
and then look back at her, she is spinning counter-clockwise!
yet to make her spin either way at will, but I’m working on it.
Here’s the rationale for why we see her spinning as we do. If she spins
clockwise, then you use your right brain more than your left and vice
If you look at flames and you don’t see Pope John Paul
II waving back at you — does that indicated a lack of faith, a failure
of right brain fantasy, or a larger wish to see a naked dancer spinning