Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Facing off with the universe

I blogged once before about our propensity to see faces in rather mundane arrangements of every day objects. Here's one where Phil Plait, at Bad Astronomy, saw a frowning face in a comet:

In case you don't see it, Plait has circled the key features, right in the middle of the image, to help you out:

Which puzzled the heck out of me, because when I first looked at the comet photo, I saw a face alright. I saw this face:

There's just no way to avoid seeing faces (unless you're autistic, perhaps?). Even a stupid ball of ice provides not one, but (at least) two different ways to interpret it as a face. We're overprogrammed, we are.

1 comment:

James Hanley said...

Well, I saw your face first, too. So Plait's wrong.