Tricks the Eyes Play on the Mind There are many photographers' images and artists' renditions that have used the human condition of pareidolia to entertain and confound the human psyche. Often, even when we are aware of it, warned well in advance or suspect some type of trickery is at play, we tell ourselves that we will not fall victim to it. However, our instincts become so overpowering we simply cannot keep ourselves from being susceptible, succumbing to the temptation. Now that you know this, try to stop yourself from letting it happen to you in the next few examples-if you can! Matrixing In the image below, the circles appear to be in motion. The patterns are designed to play a trick on your eyes, using matrixing as an artistic effect. We can't help ourselves no matter how hard we try. Focus on one of the black circles within the wheel and it will stop moving. However, regardless of which wheel you freeze by gazing at it, you cannot stop the other wheels from moving. Switch wheels and it happens again.  It doesn't matter whether you're looking at the monitor or print it out and give it a go. Pareidolia can also happen to audible sounds in recordings as well. You can hear something that's not there because of familiar verbal patterns, accents, influxes, etc. How often have you heard someone sing a song with the lyrics hey think they have heard; instead of what was actually sung? But that is a subject matter best discussed in another article. Matrixing in Identification Today software is being used for video surveillance systems  around the world to identify potential threats of terrorism by individuals known to the authorities to be "terrorists." How can a computer program recognize a single face in a crowd on video footage out of the hundreds of possibilities in thousands of video frames, and do it quickly? This software basically assigns a series of points on the human face and calculates a unique numbering sequence from these selected points (basically the same schema used by the FBI in fingerprinting technology and fingerprint scanners) while it attempts to locate a target face from the video surveillance system within each and every frame (usually 30 frames per second), running sample calculations on each face it locates. If the first group of numbers in the sequence does not match the face it is searching for, the software drops that subject and selects another, and continues the same process until all the numbers match. Once the program finds a face (the target subject) with a perfect numerical sequence match, they've got their man. However, this type of 'artificial intelligence' is still very experimental, very slow, years from perfection, and still very expensive.  As humans we have used pareidolia since birth, a form of computer matrixing, to identify people all the time and we don't even realize we're doing it, at speeds that cannot be matched by today's most advanced super-computer technology. As humans we complete a pareidolia matrix pattern match every time we recognize our friends, family, or co-workers, at much faster speeds and better accuracy than the fastest or most sophisticated computer on this planet. If it weren't for our instinct to use pareidolia and of course our superior intelligence, how else would we be able to recognize anyone? Or find an item in your closet and read the text on this page? Yup, that's all pareidolia doing the work for us, matrixing made easy. Pareidolia a Human Instinct Now You See It, Now You Don’t Ghost Hunting 101 Another example of matrixing would be with use of subliminal messaging in advertising. This advertising provides your brain with an image that can only be seen by your subconscious mind, with your conscious mind not even giving it a second thought. Can you spot the illusion that this advertiser wants your brain to see in this photograph? Your sub-conscious does, immediately! A Subliminal Matrix Are there two gradients in the picture below or just one? A closer evaluation will reveal that the grey bar in the center of the gradient is the same color from one end to the other. Again, you’re seeing something that isn’t there. Another Example Using Color
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