Space experts at NASA have announced that Curiosity’s new pics hint at alien life on Mars, but psychologists contradict their declarations. The culprit: a recent photo posted in NASA’s UFO Sightings Daily whom author Scott C. Waring labels as strong evidence of the existence of alien life.
Curiosity has recently sent a new picture from space showcasing a reptile on Mars’ surface. According to experts’ explanation, the creature has one single eye, two legs and it was immortalized right when it was peaking at Curiosity from behind Martian rocks.
Waring has also posted images of the first alien ship spotted in space. In his opinion, the zoomed in picture shows a crashed UFO. He goes on to say that the alien ship resemblances the famous Imperial Star Destroyer from the Star Wars series.
As interesting as his theories may seem, psychologists were not at all convinced by his explanation. They believe the appearances in the photos are just an optical illusion. In addition, the poor quality of the images leaves much space for interpretations. The recent images are too blurred and fuzzy to be taken into consideration as valid evidence, they have added.
Medical experts think the human brain is inclined to make such mistakes as a result of the pareidolia phenomenon. The latter causes the brain to make associations for a better recognition and understanding of the surrounding environment. It is the same phenomenon that allows a child to recognize a smile and respond accordingly, scientists have explained.
Pareidolia is vital for humans because it enables them to identify potentially threatening situations, for instance a roaring lion, and avoid them. If our brain had not developed this function, humanity wouldn’t have evolved so much simply because it would have failed victim to numerous predators.
Nowadays, humans no longer make associations to survive; there are many other interpretations they could draw from humans’ interactions through pareidolia. However, we tend to be more sensitive towards the subjects that interest us the most.
Since scientists look for traces of alien life in space, their brains are more inclined to make such associations. They tend to see reptiles or ships simply because they are eager to prove their theory.
In the end, NASA’s new pictures have been strongly contested and there are very few people who actually believe a reptile was spotted on Mars.
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