It’s Not Really a Face July 5, 2010

It’s Not Really a Face

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  • Fett101

    What about a mole on someone’s face that looks like a face? It is technically a thing on the front of a person’s head.

  • Claudia

    But but…its so improbable that one of the hundreds of billions of cornflakes in the world compose itself into something that my evolved-to-see-faces brain would interpret as a vague face that it must be s sign from god that we should all repent and accept Jesus as our Lord and Saviour!

    /Poe

  • I suppose you’ve also seen the story about that field in Hungary and the picture in Google Earth? People are making out to be a picture of Jesus. It never ends, does it?

    http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/3040699/Internet-fan-says-he-found-face-of-Jesus-in-a-field-using-Google-Earth.html

  • Samiimas

    Yeah that’s totally Jesus face in that field. It looks exactly like all those photographs and contemporary paintings we have of him…

  • Trace

    My dog’s butt looks like a dog’s butt. Oh man!

  • Hitch

    What always strikes me is that the TV channels even report this, and largely without ridicule.

    Yet politically relevant things often get no air time at all.

    Oh a potato chip is formed like a guy with a beard (with heavy squinting) it must be Jesus!

  • Gauldar

    I recommend doing a search on YouTube for “Mitchell & Webb Atheist Watermelon”. It’s priceless!

  • Hmm. Last night I saw the profile of a bearded man in the folds of my comforter, but I didn’t bother to wonder what individual it resembled.

    Humans are, of course, naturally conditioned to recognize any resemblance to a human face, but the tendency to associate it with religious icons is, I guess, another level of conditioning. Innate vs. social.

    (If you guys all became obsessed with finding the FSM in your food, I’d probably subconsciously join in. So please don’t.)

  • Rabid

    @AwesomeCloud’s mom:

    It’s funny you should mention that. I sat down to a bowl of spaghetti and meatballs the other day and, upon looking down at my tasty meal, was literally bowled away by the likeness of His Noodlyness that I saw before me!

  • Shatterface

    ‘What about a mole on someone’s face that looks like a face? It is technically a thing on the front of a person’s head.’

    What if I’ve got part of someone else’s anatomy on the front of my head – is that a face?

    And what’s this then 🙂 ?

    More importantly, how do I pronounce ‘paraidolia’? I use the related concept of apophenia quite a lot but chicken out with this one. Is it ‘paray-dolia’, ‘para-aydolia’, or what?

  • Shatterface

    Might help if I spelt ‘pareidolia’ right, of course.

  • Shatterface

    ‘(If you guys all became obsessed with finding the FSM in your food, I’d probably subconsciously join in. So please don’t.)’

    Too late!

    http://friendlyatheist.com/2010/03/28/flying-spaghetti-monster-toast/

  • mark

    there’s one character too many in the cartoon’s final, “bleeped” version of “fucking.” lol.

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