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Exchange Exemplar: How We See Patterns And Make New Ones

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You get up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom, and gasp at the sight of an intruder in the living room. Except it's not a person at all, just a shadow cast by light from outside.

Our brains fill in gaps in our knowledge or confirm what we think we know. In short, we see patterns.

Jeremy Lent takes a thorough look at the human capacity for seeing and creating patterns in his book The Patterning Instinct: A Cultural History of Humanity's Search for Meaning.

You'll be surprised at how DIFFERENT the patterns can be from culture to culture. We revisit our 2018 interview here.

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The Jefferson Exchange is Jefferson Public Radio's daily talk show focused on news and interests across our region of Southern Oregon and Northern California. John Baxter is the senior producer, Angela Decker is the producer and Geoffrey Riley hosts the show.