In the comments here, Southern Writer asked for a discussion on pareidolia.
That could be a long, long discussion so I'll just start it off with this post and see where it leads. To make things challenging, I'll first refer to a fundamentalist sceptic site which dismisses the entire thing as the ramblings of disordered minds, and extends it to cover bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster and UFOs.
Which somewhat undermines their argument. Pareidolia refers to the human habit of seeing faces and humanoid or animal shapes in random patterns. if you watch the clouds, you'll see faces form. If you stare at trees or bushes moving in a breeze, or even standing still, you'll see faces. If you're bored enough to stare at the fuzz on an untuned TV, you'll see faces and 'recognisable' shapes.
What you won't be able to do is photograph or film them. They're not there. They are something your mind is making up as it tries to decipher the random image before it. Even the Moon, where we all clearly see the 'man in the moon' - take a photo and the face is harder to visualise. So, why faces?
We like to think, especially in Europe and the US, that we live in an industrialised and logical world. No witchcraft, no magic, no supernatural, no religion, can alter the Scientific Truth of the concrete and steel that surrounds us. We can take a small device from our pocket and speak to someone on the other side of the world. We can use this same device to take a photograph and transmit it anywhere on the planet. Telepathy? Vague images and feelings transferred between only a few individuals? How can it compete?
Science does not study most aspects of the paranormal because, let's be fair, science has no need of those results. Who cares about remote viewing, when someone with a tiny camera and a pocket computer with wireless broadband can take a photo, put it on the internet and make it instantly available to anyone, anywhere, who has access to a terminal? But I digress. That's a different argument.
We believe we are civilised and advanced. We grew up with it. But think - anyone my age, and many younger, can remember when VHS recorders first appeared. Many remember vinyl records and the thrill that was the first compact audio cassette. Many alive today recall the first television sets - we're talking 1950's here for general availability. The first motor cars appeared around 1904, were restricted to walking pace and had to have a poor sap walking in front with a red flag. There are few who remember that, but there are some. Certainly my grandmother would have seen those days.
The stuff we see around us is new. It's not that long ago we were mostly living among woodland and shrub, and not too many generations before that, our lives would depend on recognising a threat before it killed us. Bear, tiger or other human - they have faces. So our brains look for faces. Sometimes they see faces where there are none, but better to have false alarms than ignore a real one. Our brain searches patterns for faces because it's one of the brain's functions.
One of the best descriptions I ever heard came from a curmudgeon of my acquaintance who refers to humans as 'monkeys with fancy toys'. He's not far wrong. The pace of progress far outstrips our mental development. Inside, we are still watching for the threat in the woods, still searching for faces.
So we will see faces in pixellated images. We won't all see the same ones. That's why I put up photos without comment, without even saying I think there's a ghost in there most of the time, because I want to know if anyone sees what I see.
It works the other way, of course. A sceptic will claim 'pixellation' and feel no need to prove it. Take a look at this image.
Ciaran O'Keefe states that it's pixellation, light and shadow. It might be. Does he take any steps to prove his hypothesis? Of course not. Saying 'Pariedolia' is sufficient. I don't know if that's a ghost or not, but I can't dismiss it as easily as he does.
There is such a thing as pareidolia. However, it's now used by sceptics in much the same way that 'Get thee hence, Satan', was used by the old exorcists. Saying it dispels the threat.
This post is long enough. I'll continue later.