When you have two drag racing douches tearing down the turnpike, you’d expect a dog would end up as roadkill.
In this case, a lucky Chilean videographer caught a dog popping into existence behind these speed demons. It’s 29 seconds, and Weas Virales gives us two glimpses.
But is this an unintentional illusion, much like last year’s vaunted Russian ghost car?
In this case, the ghost car appears because Russians ain’t got no time to fuss with silly old traffic laws. Trigger Hippie breaks down the dashcam footage in an accessible way.
It’s called ‘inattentional blindness’,1 where folks are so focused on one activity that oddities which don’t fit their preconceived notions are filtered out. The phenomenon’s been investigated by many, where people don’t see a gorilla walking around while passing basketballs, or this person-swap prank leaving the mark2 a bit confused.
What does all this have to do with the price of tea in Magonia? Fortean philosophy. Take this well-worn wisdom from our prophet.
We shall have a procession of data that Science has excluded. Battalions of the accursed, captained by pallid data that I have exhumed, will march. You’ll read them — or they’ll march.
In short, the exclusion of data could be described as a psychological phenomenon. People want control in their lives, and the primary activity empowering them with control is perception. It’s human nature to exclude data, evidence, or phenomena that doesn’t ‘fit‘, because it terrifies us on a profound level.
Coming out of nowhere.
Just like that happy-go-lucky pooch who couldn’t hurt a fly.