pareidolia

“Pair-eye-dole-ee-uh” | /pæɹ.aɪˈdəʊ.li.ə/

n – The tendency to interpret a vague stimulus as something known to the observer, such as interpreting marks on Mars as canals, seeing shapes in clouds, or hearing hidden messages in music.

“The “man in the moon” that people see is the result of pareidolia.”

 

From Ancient Greek παρα (para, “alongside, concurrent”) + εἴδωλον (eídōlon, “image”).

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