Sunday, January 10, 2010

Pac-Man Pareidolia

Pareidolia is the term used to describe human beings' propensity to see and hear things that aren't necessarily there.  We're pattern-recognition machines, highly sensitized to detecting faces and voices, and it doesn't take much to fool us into seeing Elvis in a water stain or hearing mysterious whispers in a staticky recording.  Generally we come to our senses and realize what's really happening before the lepers and pilgrims arrive.
But I was reviewing some blog-related metrics recently, and this evidence is irrefutable:

I can now live secure in the knowledge that Pac-Man is blessing my blog with his chompy beneficence.

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