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Wednesday February 13th 2019Tim Candler9

 

    Ability to see creatures and faces in patterns of the landscape, in bits of wood, cracked paving and so on, has been given the name pareidolia by science. And it's also the case that on occasion some high powered facial recognition technology is able to insist that something like a door key was in fact the face of someone living in somewhere like Octavia Place, Lydney, who'd only ever travelled on an airplane once. Strictly speaking, pareidolia is defined as a tendency to observe a very vague stimulus as something or someone known to the observer. The word pareidolia comes from the Ancient Greek, para which has become an English a root word for instead of the actual real thing, or alternative, and the dolia part comes from the Ancient Greek word for image or shape, so in the end pareidolia is kind of like alternative facts, which makes the Man in the Moon fake news. And just as well, because as everyone knows there's a Rabbit in the Moon.

 

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     The Rabbit was put there by a demi-god who, as a test of purpose for the beasts of the field, disguised himself as a very old mortal man on the verge of succumbing to starvation. Naturally the beasts of the field leapt into action, the Fox stole fish for him, Monkey's collected nuts, but the Rabbit who was all about grass had nothing to offer so he jumped into the old man's fire, got himself roasted alive and in this way the Rabbit gave of his meat. The demi-god finally pulled himself together, and in gratitude for the Rabbit's ultimate sacrifice decided he'd place the Rabbit in the Moon where the Rabbit might live for ever.  "Typical bloody demi-gods!" Is a perfectly natural reaction to why there's a Rabbit in the Moon, and at the same time it's a long way from the reaction of a majority. Same with the Loaves and Fishes.

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