istoo (istoo) wrote,


We like seeing and looking for patterns in things. I guess it could have been useful in dangerous prehistoric times, where it would be advantageous to be able to recognize predators that may be hiding lurking in the area.

Apart from pretty patterns, we may look at how things go together, such as statistical analysis, how stocks move up and down in the stock market, or perhaps look at lottery numbers for any pattern that could help pick a win.

So our pattern recognition that serves to make sense of moving shapes and perhaps turn them into a moving animal or enemy under cover, may be responsible for us seeing something that isn't there in a dimly lit room when our mind tries to turn shadows and things lying around into a possible form, or seeing cloud shapes look like other objects.

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