Pattern-seeking as a response to the uncanny

A friend writes:

It’s uncanny that I have been wanting to read Freud’s essay on the uncanny!
This made me think of you and your book:

“Studies have found that people in the grip of the uncanny tend to see patterns where none exist — becoming more prone to conspiracy theories, for example. The urge for order satisfies itself, it seems, regardless of the quality of the evidence.”

How Nonsense Sharpens the Intellect –


3 thoughts on “Pattern-seeking as a response to the uncanny

  1. I have heard this before. Cannot pinpoint it. How we auto-segrigate?(not sure is spelling ok) How cities divide themselves into districts. The phenomena of sub-communities. Each neighborhood reaches a “critical mass” and turns into an entity. I think to about, what’s it called, identitfying with a captor…
    It is behavior and something with memory. Mine isn’t working this am. Damn snow. Some woman wrote a book on rumor lately too. Blast! I will hush now.

  2. Stockholm syndrome….

    Stuart Kauffman is a biologist who devised a theory about how complex systems self-organize…

    Cass Sunstein’s ON RUMORS, which sounds very interesting and definitely like something I should familiarize myself with? (He’s a man, though).

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