Mourning New Hampshire's greatest pareidolia, 10 years after the Old Man fell
Posted by David Brooks | Friday, May 3, 2013
That chisel-jawed profile was a classic pareidolia - a random shape that our pattern-seeking brains turned into something with meaning. We are, of course, particularly good at turning things into human faces, so in that sense the Old Man was nothing special. But what a great profile it was.
One of the things I asked people in my "man in the street" story was whether they thought the profile should ever be replaced as a New Hampshire state symbol. The answer, unanimously, was no.