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Celestial speciality: Giving constellations a personal touch

By Alan M. MacRobert
Globe Correspondent / June 4, 2005

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People the world over see patterns in the stars, just as people see faces in clouds, human forms in tree trunks, monsters in shadows, or the Virgin Mary in a stain on a wall. We are built to over-interpret what we see. There's a word for it: pareidolia, seeing meaningful images in meaningless patterns. (Full article: 667 words)

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