Are These Two Pictures or One?

“Every act of perception is to some degree an act of creation, and every act of memory is to some dergree an act of imagination.“
– Oliver Sacks (neurologist, naturalist, historian of science, and author)


It is an accepted concept in psychology that the human brain seeks patterns. We see a face on the moon, a rabbit in the clouds, and we complete a semi-circle in our mind. Part of this may be related to our prehistoric survival, when it was important to identify a hidden predator or find partially hidden edible fruits. It is even believed that our superior pattern processing is the mark of an evolved brain.

But sometimes this pattern seeking can go overboard, and we see patterns even in coincidences.

It was by coincidence that I was browsing thumbnails of some photos I took sometime ago when I saw this pair side by side. They seemed to form two parts of a picture, waiting to be stitched together. Look closer to see if they are.

The human brain is a smart thing, but sometimes it can be too eager.



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