Pareidolitic Nonsense28 August, 2008
You have got to be shitting me. Someone sees a moth with a pattern on its back and claims, “It is Jehayzus!” Sadly, I am not joking. Here is the photo:
Of course, I see an ice cream cone. But what do I know? I don’t have ‘faith’ so of course I don’t see Jehayzus. Why would Jehayzus show up on a moth?
Kirk Harper spotted the moth on an RV trailer Monday, and right away could tell it was unique.
“I immediately thought it looked like Jesus and that was what was so cool cause you’ve seen His face in grilled cheese sandwiches and windows and things but on a moth’s back…we thought that was pretty neat.”
Wow. The fact that the face is on a moth, and NOT a grilled cheese sandwich, is what makes it ‘cool.’ I guess holy faces in sandwiches is just, well, passe. Looking at the moth, though, I’m not thinking grilled cheese sandwich. I’m thinking about three cases of cheap beer, some moonshine, and some stale Cheetos.
The RV shop’s owner immediately took it to his church.
Hopefully after he had sobered up, ’cause no way did he see the face without a great deal of ethyl lubricant.
“It’s an amazing thing.”
So is the fact that these people can vote. Actually, that’s not amazing, that’s just scary. Hell, its amazing they can walk and quote scripture at the same time.
Brother James Jordan thinks the patterns do resemble Jesus better in person than in these blown-up pictures.
Yeah. Blame the photos. You can see it better live. And drunk.
But he adds, that’s all it is.
“I don’t want to bow down to it. It’s not Jesus, it’s just an image on something God created.”
No. Its not. It is a camouflage pattern on the back of a moth. The camouflage is an evolutionary adaptation which makes it less likely that the moth will be eaten by a predator or makes the moth more desirable to the opposite sex. Unfortunately for the moth, this adaptation made it more likely that a Christianist Creationist asshat would remove the moth from the gene pool. Apparently, not a good evolutionary adaptation — you don’t get eaten, but you do get sent to a church.
“If He can do that on a little moth, He can do mighty things in our lives.”
Wow. He can do that on a little moth, but he can’t make it rain on Obama’s speech? Wouldn’t it be a lot more effective, and alot more likely to convince people, if god(s) did something useful like, oh, remove the carbon from our atmosphere? Or make sure that people don’t suffer from painful disease like cystic fibrosis, multiple sclerosis, or shingles? Or just said, “Whoops, sorry about the knee. My bad. Stupid design for a biped. I should have done a total redesign, but, well, I never got to it. Here. All human knees are now designed properly.”?
It seems that pareidolitic images only show up in random stimuli. Random as in chance. Almost as if there is no god(s) and we are looking at truly random bits of colour and pattern which our mind, evolved to recognize human patterns, sees as a face. Almost.
Members are keeping the moth at the church. They say if anyone wants to buy it, the money would go towards relocating the church.
Ah. Marx was right. It really does come down to money. God took time out of his busy schedule (smiting people, inflicting believers with debilitating diseases to test their faith, telling George Bush who to invade) to put Jehayzus’ face on the back of a moth to help raise money to move a church. You have got to be shitting me.