Yo my minion readers.
Until now you have responded quite well to all the “wisdom” posts in the FG. So we decided to kick up the level of your intelligence with a series of new articles
Please enjoy and get some XP points asap..
We find ourselves in an unquestioning, patternless existence where everything occurs seemingly without reason.
There is no learning from experience: “Once bitten, twice shy,” becomes “Once bitten, never shy,” and the rhythms of the natural world are unappreciated
Lets take alook
How We Believe (Times Books),Michael Shermer.Scientific American(+),
‘’I argue that our brains are belief engines: evolved pattern-recognition machines that connect the dots and create meaning out of the patterns that we think we see in nature. Sometimes A really is connected to B; sometimes it is not. When it is, we have learned something valuable about the environment from which we can make predictions that aid in survival and reproduction. We are the ancestors of those most successful at finding patterns. This process is called association learning, and it is fundamental to all animal behavior, from the humble worm C. elegans to H. sapiens.’’
Hmm..[believing that we are 70% on the same page here], a sample connection example is tested
Using evolutionary modeling(aha) and having a demonstration through it, Harvard University biologist Kevin R. Foster and University of Helsinki biologist Hanna Kokko in ’08.. tested the theory and tried to have a gist out of it:
They begin with the formula pb > c,
where a belief may be held when the cost (c) of doing so is less than the probability (p) of the benefit (b). For example, believing that the rustle in the grass is a dangerous predator when it is only the wind does not cost much, but believing that a dangerous predator is the wind may cost an animal its life. !!
Gist: natural selection will favor patternicity..whenever |the cost of believing a false pattern is real| is less than |the cost of not believing a real pattern|
[Our goal is to never fall under 80%.. Although reaching a high barrier consists a lot of mind streaming continuation]
SO NOW WE CAN BE MORE STRAIGHTFORWARD
-weakness of human cognision=pervasive(to any direction) tendency of human beings to see order in random configurations
”the entire enterprise of science, after all, is the organized and rational search for order in the seeming randomness surrounding us’(skeptic) + “Science is not formal logic, it needs the free play of the mind in as great a degree as any other creative art.”(believer) =“merely noting patterns or coincidences is not proof in and of itself but, applied properly, can be the creative leap needed to devise new and testable hypotheses.”(DBS Sceptic)
Being a bit fussy[open for anykind of fight] could never really help anyone, so lets experience the proposed INJECTION on meaningful coincidence in life
- Every coincidence is meaningful
- It happens to everyone but the person far best qualified to comprehend them is the one whom they occur to
- It is usually confirmation of whatever it is you are engaged in at the moment.
- All meaningful coincidences(Synchronicity) are indeed signs pointing us in a specific direction at the most opportune moment.
~Creativity + Apophenia~
[Bonus to start with +5%] Brugger describes a “‘relativity of creativity,’ i.e., [a] continuum from creative detection of real patterns at one end, to the ‘hypercreative’ interpretation of patterns in ‘noise’ [randomness] at the other end.”
Leonardo Da Vinci, utilizing this tendency in order to harness the creativity of his students, advised them to :
Look at walls covered with many stains . . . with the idea of imagining some scene, you will see in it a similarity to landscapes adorned with mountains, rivers, rocks, trees, plains, broad valleys, and hills of all kinds… also battles and figures with lively gestures and strange faces and costumes and an infinity of things which you can reduce to separate and complex forms.
[Nothing but net]
Apophenia, in its more benign(!) state provides us
1)a powerful tool to make sense and safety of the world and people around us.
2) it is a well-spring of pseudo-science and nonsense, an irrational leap bypassing reason and rationality.