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Re: Pareidolia

Postby misterdoe » Thu Oct 03, 2013 1:08 pm

I would guess yes... paradoxically.
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Re: Pareidolia

Postby Slava » Sat Feb 15, 2014 6:39 pm

Today's Good Word was made up recently from Ancient Greek para "abnormal, wrong" + eidolon "ghost, apparition".
By the by, eidolon is one of our earlier Good Words: viewtopic.php?f=1&t=3224

Now, about that "para" being abnormal or wrong. Where does that leave paralegals, paradoxes, and paramedics? :D
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Re: Pareidolia

Postby Philip Hudson » Sat Feb 15, 2014 11:04 pm

This is pare- not para-. I suppose it may have once been para-eidolia and later simplified.

The prefix para- has several meanings. As a former chemist, I usually think of the benzene ring that has ortho- meta- and para- carbon string relationships on it.

In the examples Slava gives, it means along the side of.

My dad called people not in the direct line of producing something meta-people. I think he meant they were expendable. I know he disapproved of people like insurance salesmen, bankers, and stockbrokers. He approved of farmers, welders, engineers, grocers, teachers, preachers and deep thinkers such as those who discuss things on the Agora. Alas, he died and went to Glory before the Good Doctor created the Agora. He would have loved it.
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Re: Pareidolia

Postby Slava » Fri Aug 01, 2014 12:13 am

The BBC has a nice article on pareidolia today. Here it is: http://www.bbc.com/future/story/2014073 ... in-objects

What do you all see in the one the author asks about? I didn't see the suggestion, but I did see something. Then I saw something else. I don't want to say just what up front, as I don't want to influence your visions.
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Re: Pareidolia

Postby LukeJavan8 » Fri Aug 01, 2014 12:17 pm

I see they now have a toaster that will burn your choice
of a face in any piece of bread you decide to cook.
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Re: Pareidolia

Postby Perry Lassiter » Sat Aug 02, 2014 12:12 am

I miss MTC. Wonder if he got caught in one of those endless regressions. Here in Louisiana, Jesus and Mary keep showing up on cast-off refrigerater doors. I keep wondering whether they might have something else better to do. There was an outdoor sign down south somewhere battered into such a shape. Since I'm retired as a pastor, maybe it wasn't too irreverent to wonder whether He was trying to break directly into a billboard rather than just leave a signed quote.
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Re: Pareidolia

Postby misterdoe » Sun Aug 17, 2014 7:00 pm

Slava wrote::?: I wonder if prosopagnosics can experience pareidolia.

"That looks like someone's face but for the life of me I can't remember whose..." :lol:

Though I suppose such a thing might jog the person's memory after a while. :?
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