Don’t trust an anthropomorphic raccoon

Have you heard the term anthropomorphism? It refers to ascribing human-like traits to non-human entities. Most biologists discourage the application of anthropomorphism, like your cat is plotting to kill you when you won't let it outside, or that the racoon you're feeding thinks of you as a friend. Chances are your cat isn't actually plotting... Continue Reading →

A piece of toast, a coat hook and a spoon walk into a bar

Have you ever seen a face in your toast? Or a drunken octopus in your coat hook? Or a spoon on Mars? If so, that's pareidolia, a phenomenon whereby our minds find a pattern in the random. There are many examples of it, and most are a great source of amusement. And of course it's... Continue Reading →

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