Odd Forms of Rock Hide More Faces, Including Elvis

By | Odd Forms, Random

More Visages in the Odd Forms of Japanese Rocks

Good to know that we are not the only ones suffering from this oddforms affliction, sharing a link to this post published by http://www.laboiteverte.fr/. Reflecting on our previous post on machine learning, finding faces in these odd forms of rock might be considered a human version of overfitting. Perhaps not surprisingly, the condition of seeing meaningful patterns in noise is a concept that has had many observers, and goes by many names. One of which is apophenia, coined in 1958 by Klaus Conrad, and was alarmingly considered a ‘prodomal mood and earliest stage of schizophrenia’. Here is a nice excerpt from Wikipedia:

In contrast to an epiphany, an apophany (i.e., an instance of apophenia) does not provide insight into the nature of reality or its interconnectedness but is a “process of repetitively and monotonously experiencing abnormal meanings in the entire surrounding experiential field”…

Apophenia has come to imply a universal human tendency to seek patterns in random information.

Its nice to take note that if the world ever begins to make a little too much sense, its a good indication you may have lost your mind.