Fun bit of pareidolia in the Telegraph today (found via @badjournalism via @guardianmusic on Twitter), in which the face of erstwhile Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher appears in a ball of flame. Why is it always Liam Gallagher, eh? Must be a cultural artefact, because that’s always who people think they see. Personally I reckon it looks more like Jesus.
I know it’s a quirky, jokey story that really only expects people to go “Heh, yeah, I guess it kinda does, neat,” and move on, but this pareidolia thing is everywhere, and it’s not always just thrown out there for a lark on a slow news day. Some people see this kind of stuff and don’t understand how easy it is to attribute deep significance to a random smudge. Some people think it must mean something, that there must be some profound and deliberate message which they’ve uncovered, every single time a thing looks a bit like another thing. And often these people are allowed to vote, and drive, and operate sharp metal cutlery without supervision.
Edited 28/01/10: I just now noticed that Liverpudlian is completely wrong. Oasis are from Manchester. Eh, I’ll leave it there. Gives an interesting insight into the working of my brain. Or lack thereof.