Chris Lakin

We’re biased towards explanations, and away from randomness.

Apophenia is a common phenomena, though the word is rare. Apophenia is seeing sense in nonsense, seeing patterns in random noise. Seeing faces in clouds; many superstitions; “Coincidence?! I think not!”…

I believe apophenia occurs when we fail to acknowledge the possibility of random, causeless influences.

I think we’re biased towards cause and effect. Though this is usually a useful bias, sometimes things do just happen. Not all events have clear, transparent causes.

Believe in randomness.

Heart in the clouds. Apophenia.

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Posted 2020 September 9, last updated 2021 January 5.

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