Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Quote of the day

"Humans all seem to be on the verge of apophenia. The brain that is able to link the tides to the phases of the moon may also see in the passage of a comet an omen of victory in battle, or perhaps link a distant supernova to the birth of a god. A strategy is needed to tell which patterns are significant, and which are merely coincidental. It took 160,000 years before such a strategy was found. We call it science." - Robert Park, Superstition: Belief in the Age of Science

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