Vladimir Nabokov

NABOKV-L post 0023557, Thu, 3 Jan 2013 03:14:24 +0300

Nabokov} Wiki article on apohenia and pareidolia in Signs and

Another random find [ with a loose reference to Nabokov and
“Signs and Symbols” (only!!!)], thanks to Dr.Temperance Brenner (“Bones”) who
mentions the word “pareidolia” in one of her comic/serious episodes*.

Postmodern novelists and film-makers have reflected on apophenia-related
phenomena, such as paranoid narrativization or fuzzy plotting (e.g.,
Vladimir Nabokov's "Signs and Symbols", Thomas Pynchon's The Crying of
Lot 49 and V., Alan Moore's Watchmen, Umberto Eco's The Name of the Rose and
Foucault's Pendulum, William Gibson's s narrative is one of our major cognitive
instruments for structuring reality, there is some common ground between
apophenia and narrative fallacies such as hindsight bias. Since pattern
recognition may be related to plans, goals, and ideology, and may be a matter of
group ideology rather than a matter of solitary delusion, the interpreter
attempting to diagnose or identify apophenia may have to face a conflict of
Pareidolia -
Wiki article


* There are also
references to Lolita fashion in Japanese models posing as Poppy’s Puffs... the
usual stereotype.
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