Pragma Synesi – interesting bits

Compendium of interesting bits I come across, with an occasional IMHO

Feeling helpless leads us to see nonexistent patterns

This explains a lot.

Finding Control in Chaos

Feeling helpless leads us to see nonexistent patterns

Siri Carpenter | February 1, 2009 | Scientific American Mind


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August 22, 2017 Posted by | behaviour, psychology, religion | , , | Leave a comment

“The of and to. A in is I. That it, for you, was with on. As have … but be they.”

If you have 20 minutes, this is worth watching.  It just keeps getting more and more fascinating.

June 14, 2017 Posted by | brain, statistics | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Superstition, Ritual And Conspiracies

I believe religion (and superstition etc.) arose to help humans feel more in control in situations where they had none (Why Religion?).  This research by Jennifer A. Whitson and Adam D. Galinsky found that lack of control indeed increases our brains’ ability to see patterns, even when there aren’t any.  So it is all about control (or lack thereof) after all…

The original research article (Lacking Control Increases Illusionary Pattern Perception) abstract:

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January 20, 2009 Posted by | behaviour, brain, religion | , , , | 2 Comments