It’s a Conspiracy!

images (15)   Earworm of the day:

On the dry and dusty road, The nights we spend apart alone, I need to get back home to cool, cool rain… On the dry and dusty road, we spend apart alone, I need to get back home to cool, cool rain… (repeat)

I used to try and associate my morning earworm with something relevant in my life, but there isn’t a connection; it’s just the OCD (Pure-O); although, I have found that when the earworms start, my brain health is a bit off, so I am probably experiencing some type of anxiety event (or a hormonal shift) which means I am experiencing earworms again…. and so on and so on… a Vicious circle. 

vi·cious cir·cle noun
  1. a sequence of reciprocal cause and effect in which two or more elements intensify and aggravate each other, leading inexorably to a worsening of the situation.

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or vicious squarely!

Sometimes I write about my dreams in the same way that I write about the earworms; as soon as I wake I write so that I remember them, and it helps dissipate my morning anxiety.  As with the earworms, I have found that dream associations are vague and they remind me of reading those daily horoscopes in the newspaper, e.g. there is almost always a modicum of relevance to a “meaningful” association.

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What most people do not understand is that our human brains want and need to find meaning even when there is none.  There have been interesting studies regarding this phenomenon and there are several terms associated with its manifestations. (I will write more about this phenomenon in later blogs.)

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Apophenia /æpɵˈfniə/ is the experience of seeing patterns or connections in random or meaningless data.

“The term is attributed to Klaus Conrad[1] by Peter Brugger,[2] who defined it as the “unmotivated seeing of connections” accompanied by a “specific experience of an abnormal meaningfulness”, but it has come to represent the human tendency to seek patterns in random information in general…”

Some of us with diverse brain health in the  obsessive category will tend toward “Patternicity” aspects which are sometimes associated with delusional or perhaps paranoid thinking, including conspiracies theories, etc., while others, like me will simply obsess. I obsess.

From pattern +‎ -icity; coined by Michael Shermer in 2008. (Wiktionary).  Shermer’s articles, “Why People Believe Invisible Agents Control the World” and Patternicity: Finding Meaning in Meaningless Noise.”  Shermer states:

“The problem is that we did not evolve a baloney-detection device in our brains to discriminate between true and false patterns.  So we make two types of errors: a type I error, or false positive, is believing a pattern is real when it is not; a type II error, or false negative, is not believing a pattern is real when it is.  If you believe that the rustle in the grass is a dangerous predator when it is just the wind (a type I error), you are more likely to survive than if you believe that the rustle in the grass is just the wind when it is a dangerous predator (a type II error)… We have no error-detection governor to modulate the pattern-recognition engine… Thus, there would have been a beneficial selection for believing that most patterns are real.  (see links below)

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In other words, it’s a CONSPIRACY!  And it is evolution’s fault. Those of us with anxiety and obsessive disorders produce these cognitive errors more so than others and in the distant past they have saved our ancestors lives.  So in a sense, nature has conspired for millions of years in order to produce you.

References:

Agenticity

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/skeptic-agenticity/

Books on Brain Science
Sagan, Carl. The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark.

Shermer, Michael. The Believing Brain: From Ghosts and Gods to Politics and Conspiracies—How We Construct Beliefs and Reinforce Them as Truths.

Dream Dictionary

http://www.dreammoods.com/dreamdictionary/

Patternicity

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/patternicity-finding-meaningful-patterns/

The WHO lyrics –  “Love, Reign O’er Me”

http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/who/lovereignoerme.html

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