First what is Pareidolia? The strict definition from Wikipedia states:
Pareidolia (pron.: // parr-i-DOH-lee-ə) is a psychological phenomenon involving a vague and random stimulus (often an image or sound) being perceived as significant. Common examples include seeing images of animals or faces in clouds, the man in the moon or the Moon rabbit, and hearing hidden messages on records when played in reverse.
Simply it is your mind making faces or other familiar objects from an optical illusion. In the Bigfoot world the critics claim that a combination of shadows, leaves, sticks, and camera angle form faces and/or partial bodies that are claimed to be Bigfoot.
It is a major problem for Bigfoot researchers because the Bigfoot does not parade out in the open asking for its picture to be taken. They hide and peek from dense foliage or from behind trees only exposing their head and small parts of their torso. Most the time only peeking with one eye. When you add to that the fact that their skin is gray or black and that they are covered in black/brown hair they are very difficult to see. Unfortunately this always gives the critics their "excuse" or "plausible explanation"
The critics use the public's ignorance of what Paredolia really is and how the phenomenon occurs. In my videos when I claim there is a Bigfoot in the footage I make sure of several factors so I can rule out Paredolia.
1. Does the subject maintain its integrity as I move?
2. Does the subject itself move?
3. Does the subject have eyes that reflect light and/or blink?
4. Perform follow-up and return to the location looking for the object or groups of objects that could have formed the subject.
By Paredolia's definition if you change your position, the cameras position and/or angle then the phenomenon should disappear immediately since it is formed by these unique set of circumstances. In the videos I claim contain a Bigfoot the subjects do not disappear, in fact in many of my videos I have traveled over 30 feet, swung my camera away and then back, changed camera angle, and the sun has been blocked by clouds but the subject still remains. So under these circumstances it would be impossible for the subject I have captured to be caused by the Paredolia phenomenon.
When you add other factors such as mouth movement, eyes blinking, or total head/shoulder movement then the Paredolia explanation is laughable. This is why in my footage I always point out and loop facial or body movements.
So next time you read comments where the critics are throwing around the phrase "Paredolia" take a closer look at the footage. Put the footage to the test. You might be surprised what you find and realize how ignorant the critics are when it comes to Paredolia.