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Aliens on Mars – after all, seeing is believing.

Our brains spend an inordinate amount of time looking for patterns. It’s something we are profoundly good at, and we should be glad. Meaning, after all, is simply finding a pattern, a system in what would otherwise be simply the white noise of sense data. Among other things, it gives us the possibility of art, reason, and philosophy.

The problem is that we ar e a little too good at it. So determined are we to find meaning in the bewildering storm of data that floods our brains every second that we have developed a tendency to spot patterns even when they aren’t there.… Read the rest

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