Seeing patterns or interpreting meaning in randomness that is not truly there. For example, seeing faces in rock formations on the moon or imagining a pattern in static noise.
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The virus and pandemic of COVID-19 serves as a container for people to project their own fears, beliefs, and ascribed meaning. For example, some take COVID-19 as a sign from Mother Nature that we are overstepping and it is some sort of balancing. These are highly irrational interpretations—viruses are by definition not a living thing—and so it is more of a vehicle for one’s ideology.