posted on May, 20 2008 @ 12:07 PM
This is absurd. All these posts and not one person has pointed out the ridiculously-mundane explanation that ties up the whole 11:11
Your brain works at recognising patterns and contrast. Think about that for a moment. What is a clock face if not made up of high-contrast patterns?
That's the whole idea - one shouldn't have to squint to see a clock, or turn the lights on, etc.
Now, bearing that in mind, may I remind everyone that they have peripheral vision? It's highly likely that people are spotting this pattern in their
peripheral vision, subconsciously recognising it as either a uniform pattern (3:33, 1:11, 11:11, etc.), or of a time you have previously "realised"
you look at a lot (12:34 for some folks, etc.). That in turn draws your conscious attention to it, just as our brains are designed to do (when we
subconsciously spot a tiger in the bushes, our conscious attention is drawn to it, seemingly from nowhere).
Also, another phenomenon at play is our fantastic ability to discard information that holds no value to us. If you catch yourself seeing the same
time on a clock, you might think "oh! how weird!", and every successive time you look at the clock, you either see your "special" time, or a
non-"special" time, only remembering your "special" time, because you attach more importance to it than a non-"special" time.
Combine any combination of the above, and you've got a sound explanation for this phenomenon. I'd like to see anyone come up with a testable
explanation for these numbers. I have no idea why people latch on to this stuff with absolutely no evidence. You wouldn't buy a car unless you knew
what's under the hood, yet people let things like this seriously affect their lives. It's disturbing. We have great intellect, yet so many people
eschew it in favour of untested, untried, undemonstrated nonsense like this somehow-magical time.
Here's a question - why don't people with inaccurate clocks see 11:12 or 11:10? Why is it always 11:11? Why does this "phenomenon" travel with
time zones? Why does it keep up with leap years/leap seconds? Why is it so neatly aligned with our time-keeping? Why isn't it, say, 30 seconds off
of our time? Those points on their own are enough to make any reasonable person realise it's bollocks. It's obviously down to us seeing the
numbers and attaching massive importance to it.