This is excerpted off Mike Bara's (Ancient Aliens) Blog:
In fact, the depth of the lie that is "pareidolia" can easily be found by simply tracing the word's origins. It is nothing but a phony, pseudo-scientific term invented in 1994 by a UFO debunker named Steven Goldstein in the June 22nd, 1994 edition of Skeptical Inquirer magazine. This alone should tell you all you need to know about its credibility in the realm of ideas. Despite a complete lack of any valid scientific studies on the supposed "phenomenon," it is still commonly cited by debunkers like James Oberg and Phil "Dr. Phil" Plait to give an academic air to their knee-jerk dismissal of the Cydonia anomalies. Some of these debunkers even resort to claiming that articles written about "pareidolia" by other debunkers are some sort of paper trail proving the phenomenon has a publishing pedigree. But the simple fact is no such human tendency exists.
There is however another very real human tendency that unlike the mythical "pareidolia," is actually an extremely well-documented and medically established disorder - *Prosopagnosia. Simply put, Prosopagnosia is a brain disorder that renders the poor souls that have it completely unable to recognize faces when they see them. According to some medical studies, as much as 2.5% of the human population may suffer from this disorder, and apparently a disproportionate number of those afflicted have found jobs in the NASA planetary science community.
TV personality Mike Bara is the star of TVs Ancient Aliens and Uncovering Aliens, rogue science advocate, 9/11 "truther" debunker, Global Warming skeptic.
*It was noted in one of Bara's YouTube videos on Mars that while Prosopagnosia disorder may be suffered by about 2.5% of the human population there have been approximately 700 medical papers written on the condition. There are those that would have all of our brains suffering from Pareidolia, a condition which, if it is real would simply mean that we could never, under any circumstances trust our brain's ability to decipher what we see no matter how ordinary, mundane or exotic. Simply put, we could not trust what we see. This condition, Pareidolia, is not medically or psychologically recognized and has not been studied by the medical or psychological communities. It is the terminology that is problematic here, not our brains. Perhaps what we see is really what is there. Sometimes rocks or cliffs look like human faces. If we recognize that it doesn't mean we are medically or psychologically unsound or a victim of an unfounded human condition.
LINK - (earthsky.org)wrote:............
..Seeing recognizable objects or patterns in otherwise random or unrelated objects or patterns is called pareidolia. Its a form of apophenia, which is a more general term for the human tendency to seek patterns in random information. Everyone experiences it from time to time. Seeing the famous man in the moon is a classic example from astronomy. The ability to experience pareidolia is more developed in some people and less in others. Look at the photos below to learn more and test your own ability to see things that arent there.