Occam’s Razor: The simplest explanation (no matter how unusual) is usually the correct one.
Pattern recognition, by some accounts, is the very basis of human intelligence. However complicated human thought might be, it’s hard to argue that, in most circumstances, we’re really pretty good at “connecting the dots” and, thus, making sense of what might, otherwise, just be chaotic noise. This talent, however, can break down when either the signal-to-noise ration gets too low or, alternatively, when our experiential (or heuristic) bias simply over-rides the process. Continue reading