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Re: Pareidolia

Postby call_copse » Wed Sep 04, 2013 10:26 am

More of a Gilbert & George man myself, though I have no pretensions to an artistic temperament. Sad to lose Seamus Heaney recently mind you - perhaps he was known in America?

Did you see the Octopus had a nasty run in with Winnie and Piglet though?
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Droodles

Postby Slava » Wed Sep 04, 2013 11:37 am

Has anyone else out there heard of droodles and Roger Price?

Here's a link to a site for them: http://www.archimedes-lab.org/droodles.html
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Re: Pareidolia

Postby gailr » Wed Sep 04, 2013 8:40 pm

Gilbert & George: how have I missed out on them? Thank you! The images seem like another riff on the brightly colored, highly stylized stained glass windows in British cathedrals and Stately Homes.


I didn't know the term droodles, but first learned to make them in Girl Scout camp long, long ago. :D
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Re: Pareidolia

Postby Dr. Goodword » Wed Sep 11, 2013 2:08 pm

All this is fascinating, but I've discovered a quote claiming that the word appears only on the Internet. Is it used in psychology?

The other problem is that I can't find in Perseus a Greek word beginning with eidol-, certainly not meaning "image", though the root means "see" and eidon means "image", i.e. "that which is seen". I think Perseus has all the words preserved in ancient Greek manuscripts.
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Re: Pareidolia

Postby Slava » Wed Sep 11, 2013 5:42 pm

In my Greek-English lexicon I found eidolopoieo (to form an image in the mind). eidolopoiia (the formation of images, as in a mirror), and eidolo-poios (an image maker).
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Re: Pareidolia

Postby call_copse » Thu Sep 12, 2013 7:46 am

Hmm, it's a fairly commonly used word in print media here in the UK, more often than not in tabloids that consider themselves upmarket:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article ... louds.html

On the Greek question I'm less confident.
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