This Explains Rather A Lot, Really…

October 3rd, 2008at 07:22am Posted by Eli

I’ve always wondered why I’m so good at finding four-leaf clovers, and why I’m overly sensitive to patterns, correlations, and juxtapositions…

It turns out that the less control a person feels, the more likely they are to see patterns or make connections that don’t exist….

Really not the explanation I was looking for, but there is an interesting side note to it:

Conspiracy theories and even political exploitation of this quirk in human perception could be more serious. Disproven and illusory political concepts such as the idea that immigration is harmful to the U.S. economy or that Saddam Hussein was involved in the Sept. 11 attacks find fertile ground in minds that are feeling less and less secure, said Galinsky.

Fortunately, Whitson and Galinsky have also found that when their subjects underwent “self-affirmation” exercises to give them a better sense of control and security, the illusions went away.

In other words, when Republicans play the fear card, it makes people a lot more willing to believe really stupid shit.

Entry Filed under: Science,Weirdness


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