Fisher Creek, September 2009
Human features are everywhere: in the shapes of the earth, in rock, ice, and cloud formations, in plants and trees, in the markings of living creatures. If, as the alchemists said, all metals are aspiring to be gold, so does nature constantly strive to re-create the human form.
Opposing this fanciful view is the fact that we are pre-programmed to recognize our own image. Tests show that a new-born baby, before it could have learnt by experience to interpret what it sees, responds to the pattern of a human face. Anthropomorphism is built into us and conditions our view of nature.
-John Michell, author of Natural Likeness, Faces and Figures in Nature