Pareidolia, food and religion


A decade-old toasted cheese sandwich said to bear an image of the Virgin Mary were sold on the eBay auction website for $28,000.

Illusory face detection can be considered, in a liberal sense, as a form of anthropomorphism. Anthropomorphism, in a strict sense, denotes the belief that nonhuman phenomena have uniquely human or paranormal properties.

Anthropomorphism, or personification, is attribution of human or form or depicting deities with human form and ascribing human emotions or motives to forces of nature. Cognitive scientists of religion have suggested that anthropomorphism explains people’s inclination to believe in gods.

To read more:

Barrett, 2000; Exploring the natural foundations of religion. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 4, 29–34.

Guthrie, 1993; Faces in the clouds: A new theory of religion. New York: Oxford University Press.

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