Persona: Strangely Human at the Musée du Quai Branly Jacques Chirac

Wan-Zi-Won-Buddha Photo by Sylvia Davis

Our brains are wired to recognise a human face. Even when there’s only a slight suggestion of facial features the brain interprets an image – our minds fill in the blanks. Scientists know this as ‘pareidolia’, while lay people tend to call it the ‘Jesus in the toast effect’.

There is a point, however, where the resemblance to a human face by something that is not human can become a little creepy … read on