Monday, 30 August 2010

Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon

Have you heard of the Baader-Meinhof phenomenon? If you have, then that in itself is the Baader-Meinhof phenomenon. If you haven't then, perhaps you will hear about it again soon. The Baader-Meinhof is when you learn some obscure bit of trivia and soon afterward you hear the bit of trivia again. E.g. the other day my friend Delon had a trivia question on twitter asking what the god particle was also known as. I said antimatter as per Angels and Demons. But he sent me a wikipedia article and it is actually known in science terms as the Higgs Boson particle. Almost a minute after the Onion's joke horoscope for Hamza as a Gemini was "You should really try to live your life so that your happiness doesn't depend so much on whether or not they find the Higgs boson particle." That's what you call Baader-Meinhoff phenomenon. I have actually been keeping an eye out on this for a while now and seems to be true. Every time I learn something new, I am confronted with that bit of information shortly after. For the record, I don’t believe or follow horoscopes religiously; I just read them for comedic value.

To summarise the article that I read, our brains have a “prejudice towards patterns”, which cause it [the brain] “to lend excessive importance to unremarkable events”. The article even says that coincidences themselves are perceived due to this prejudice and “we underestimate the probability of coinciding events, so our expectations are at odds with reality”.

I find all these psychological phenomena quite fascinating, and spend lots of time procrastinating over the discovery of another. To coin a phrase, “Brain stimulation is nice.”

Till next time in Waseem world.

Thursday, 12 August 2010

Ramadaan E-Cards 3

So it is Ramadaan again, and as has become tradition on my blog, I did a few e-cards to mark the occasion.

This one was inspired by Corpsekicker's tweet.

Till next time in Waseem world.