One man believes that he might have spotted a ‘freshly cut doorway’ on Mars’.
The supposed sighting was detailed on a blog, UFO Sightings Daily, written by Scott C Waring.
In an image originally sent back by Nasa’s Mars Curiosity Rover, Waring claimed to have spotted ‘some unusual items’.
‘There was a hollow stone, but the inside looks like it’s been cut and shaped to make a unique and spacious interior for something that once lived within it,’ Waring wrote on the blog post.
‘I also found a cut out doorway, which reveals a whitish freshly cut out area which is 100% proof that something is currently living on Mars,’
He went on to claim that he found a ‘huge claw’ that he thinks belonged to ‘some huge alien creature and then got petrified (turned to stone) from the minerals in the Mars soil and through millions of years’.
While the outlandish claims hold no scientific proof, it is likely due to a trick of the eye that does have a scientific name.
‘Pareidolia’, is a phenomenon used to describe the way that humans tend to see something meaningful in things that are in fact just arbitrarily arranged.
It’s also quite a common human experience. We all see faces and animals in clouds and objects in Rorschach inkblots. It’s the reason why we may also hear voices in static or music or see religious images in everyday objects.
There are a number of theories about why pareidolia occurs. One theory is that our brains are wired to look for patterns.
This is a survival mechanism that helped our ancestors to identify predators and other threats in their environment. Another theory is that pareidolia is a form of self-deception.
We may see familiar patterns in random objects because we want to believe that there is meaning in the world.
Pareidolia is not always harmless. In some cases, it can lead to delusions and hallucinations. However, for most people, it’s is simply a harmless quirk of the human brain.
Talk of aliens and UFOs has been causing a stir around the world after last week’s US hearing where witnesses claimed that aliens do exist.
At a public Congress hearing, former intelligence officer David Charles Grusch made the claims that the US government was hiding evidence of ‘non-human intelligence’.
To add to the fire, an astrophysicist at Harvard University, recently said that we could find out whether aliens exist in less than a month, from tests he’s been running on fragments of a meteor that plunged to Earth back in 2014.
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