Another accidental pattern?

By Nic Price on 21 August 2008 — 1 min read

I get strangely excited when I encounter accidental patterns, such as the 37 bus passing the 63. My mind just makes the connection. I can’t explain it, but it’s almost as if my mind is trying to find patterns in everything.

So imagine my surprise when I recently received my membership confirmation for the Usability Professionals’ Association, and was informed that my membership number is 13579.

All very odd, if you’ll pardon the pun.

Am I really the 13,579th person to join? Or is someone at membership HQ playing tricks with my mind? 🙂

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  • Seems like the human brain is hard-wired to seek patterns. This gives us an evolutionary advantage in that we can sometimes predict future events.

    Only trouble is we can’t turn it off. As the world inevitably throws coincidental but meaningless patterns at us, we still latch onto them — even if they’re not much use for anything but forming entertaining conspiracy theories or making money for casinos.

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