Humans have a tendency to see patterns in everything, even when there is none (“patternicity”); there is also the tendency to assume there is an agent causing actions (“agenticity”), explained in the article below. I am thinking that the “agenticity” could be an extension of our “patternicity” — since we see the pattern of cause-effect so often, when we do not see the cause, we make it up (the invisible agents). What do you think?
From Scientific American Magazine – May 19, 2009
A Skeptic’s take on souls, spirits, ghosts, gods, demons, angels, aliens and other invisible powers that be
By Michael Shermer
Sadly… the Scientific American article explains:
Bering in Mind – March 19, 2009
Psychological researchers suggest that evolutionary thinking is unnatural
By Jesse Bering
A few days ago I was reading Robert Cringely’s comment on the opening of the Creation Museum. The first reader response is by a fervent creationist who included a reference to “a global flood that destroyed and buried most land-dwelling creatures on the earth.”
Which got me thinking.