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originally posted by: Doctor G
Yes, one of my authors came up with it. Yes, it really fits. Yes, some people love it.
Andrew Pollack on 01/18/2015 at 11:18 AM EST comments on it
“The human brain is trained to look for and identify patterns, but in abstract concepts, fixed and unarguable facts are hard to find. So the brain looks for narratives instead, stories that can tie together various ideas and facts in a way that seems to make sense, to make a pattern. And the human brain, always seeking a pattern as a basic cognitive function, will latch onto a narrative pattern compulsively, and use that pattern as a framework within which to store new information, like a tradesman honing his skill, or someone learning a new language. That’s why religions tell such great stories, the story makes a pattern within which everything makes sense. A synchronicity of apparent facts. Political ideologies, too. Humans are suckers for a great story because we can’t resist the logical pattern it contains."
“When you’re learning a new skill, discarding irrelevant information and organizing the relevant stuff within that framework is good. But in ideologies, it means any information that doesn’t fit the ideological narrative is literally discarded, and won’t be remembered . . . which is why you can argue facts with ideologues and they’ll just ignore you. They’re not just being stubborn, their brains are literally structurally incapable of processing what they perceive as pattern-anomalous data. That’s why some ideologues get so upset when you offer facts that don’t match their pattern, it’s like you’re assaulting them.
likes it as well.
Can you see it in yourself & others?
originally posted by: Rob48
a reply to: smurfy
Distrust of the government doesn't mean you have to invest in whatever claptrap someone who claims to be "anti-establishment" is selling. Ignore appeals to authority and look at the facts, in other words apply the same burden of proof to alternative theories as you do to mainstream ones.
Back to the topic, and I think this is a very valid idea. People prefer a "cool story" to messy reality. It makes a better narrative to believe that events are orchestrated by a shadowy cabal, than to realise that in fact the world is pretty chaotic and nobody is really in charge, however much they try to be.