The intersection of pareidolia

By Phil Plait | July 31, 2008 10:30 am

The intersection of Jesus and snack foodsI hardly need to comment on this, do I?

Well, one small one: Indexed is a blog where artist Jessica Hagy takes index cards and draws funny Venn diagrams on them. It’s worth reading through; she’s very funny and her drawings pithily say a wealth of commentary that words alone can’t do nearly as well.

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Humor, Pareidolia, Religion, Skepticism

Comments (19)

  1. Donnie B.

    She forgot shower curtains, dirty windows, freeway overpasses, and water towers. :-)

  2. Viewer 3
  3. Tim G

    I wish I discovered index cards in high school. You can use them to make flash cards.

  4. Darn it! All I ever see are FSM shapes…. I want to sell my piece of toast with Jebus on ebay too!

  5. IBY

    Hahaha, that is funny. :)

  6. Bruce A

    @Viewer 3 – LOLJesus? Im in ur hart savin ur sole?

  7. Charles

    Just like most things in life, people see what they want to see and believe what they want to believe. Rationality is often created on the fly, and more often than not, some people use logical “reasoning” that would make a junior high school debate coach squirm.

    I think the word ‘solipsism’ is perfect for those folks. A general definition is “extreme preoccupation with and indulgence of one’s feelings, desires, etc.; egoistic self-absorption” such that if they believe it is true, then it surely must be true.

    Even Freud once said that sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.

  8. impulse94

    Great! I’ve been wondering about the Venn diagram lady ever since she was on a podcast (Penn’s, I think). Can’t wait to check that site out.

  9. Arthur Maruyama

    In Indexed’s comments there is this link:
    http://www.knbc.com/news/17037773/detail.html
    to a “Jesus in cat’s fur.” Personally I see a very vaguely humanoid head in profile, but if anything I see it wearing an eyepatch (along with a strap holding it in place). Aye! It’s more proof of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.

  10. loljesus, is that lolcats for fundamentalists?

  11. Bobcloclimar

    Phil, have you seen graphjam.com? Similar concept (making diagrams/charts to explain cultural things), though it’s limited to pop/media culture and not really a commentary on society.

  12. Bruce A

    @Quiet Desperation & Arthur Maruyama – Looks more like Rasputin to me.

  13. Visuals make it funny!

  14. HidariMak

    I’m surprised no one else has mentioned this yet. The drawing accompanying the story fits in quite nicely with the likes of the Indexed site.

    http://rackjite.com/archives/1720-Baylor-University-President-John-M.-Lilley-Fired.html

  15. Esmitt

    The diagram from May 2nd is my favourite.

  16. eigenvector

    This woman, Jessica Hagy, is so absolutely, incredibly intelligent! It looks so simple, but try to analyze it like she does so effortlessly! We need her to teach this clear, analytic thinking to high schoolers and all the way up to large corporations. My compliments to you Ms. Hagy!

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