Thursday, June 03, 2010
Do you see what I see?
Interesting that pattern recognition was perhaps one of the earliest "survival skills" that evolved in lifeforms, to be able to distinguish between friend or foe certainly provided longevity for those creatures that guessed right most of the time. And of course pattern recognition encompasses everything from spoken and written language to seeing mermaids in clouds to seeing terrorist that fit the "profile" to how scientist gather data, looking for patterns. So I find it interesting that one side of the coin is "imagining things that have no substantial basis in reality" and the other side is "imagining things that do have a substantial basis in reality."