The monkey tree phenomenon arose from the discovery of a callus on a tree in Singapore which appears monkey-like. Some believe the image to be of divine origin, while others have attributed the phenomenon to the effects of pareidolia. Pareidolia is a psychological phenomenon in which the mind responds to a stimulus, usually an image or a sound, by perceiving a familiar pattern where none exists.
In his notebooks, Leonardo da Vinci wrote of pareidolia as a device for painters, writing, "If you look at any walls spotted with various stains or with a mixture of different kinds of stones, if you are about to invent some scene you will be able to see in it a resemblance to various different landscapes, strange expressions of faces, and an infinite number of things which you can then reduce into separate and well-conceived forms."lly an image or a sound, by perceiving a familiar pattern where none exists.
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