New images of the Cydonia “face” show, as expected, that it’s just another piece of Areology, not a monument left by aliens.
But this will not stop the woowoos from claiming that this is evidence of long-gone alien monument building. In a classic case of pareidola, the same psychological process that lets people find Jesus in a pancake or Mary in a fence post, Cydnoia is beyond rational thought. Pareidola is also the reason why people see patterns of design in living things. It suits us to see evidence of intention in the living world, because that’s what we evolved to do. We are supposed to work out the intentions of others from patterns, but a few false positives, such as seeing spirits in trees or purposes in natural disasters doesn’t matter. From the perspective of evolution, that is. From the perspective of truth-gathering, though, it’s a serious problem.
In a recent development, work on schizophrenia has shown that the feeling of agency is located, more or less, in the left temporoparietal lobe of the brain. I wonder if that part of the brain, together with the face matching module in the extrastriatal cortex, is responsible for the anthropomorphism of nature in general?