I came through this word while watching a TV Program which focused mainly on Leonardo da Vinci's most popular painting 'Mona Lisa'. It specifically insisted upon the conspiracy in the painting. The program claimed that Mona Lisa is 'Androgynous' which means melding of both male and female sexuality into one. Scoptoma is a phenomenon where the eyes see what the mind believes. Psychologists use the term Scoptoma to describe the frailty of the human mind to perceive only that which it expects or wants to perceive.
The program highlighted that if we happen to see the painting as a woman, sure it shows like that way. But if we happen to look at it as a man then we will be thrown to some of the hidden truth behind this mysterious painting. This is exactly the Scoptoma effect, the mind sees what it chooses to see. I really like the fact how the program explained this word through this painting, not sure of the secret behind Leonardo's painting though. Sometimes it happens with all of us in life where we blindly look at things with our preconceived mind rather than with an open mind. I felt it interesting to share it in my blog. Hope everyone's wisdom determines the true value of life.