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Exchange Exemplar: How We See Patterns And Make New Ones


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 news program focused on issues, people and events across Southern Oregon and Northern California. Angela Decker is the program's senior producer, Charlie Zimmermann is the assistant producer, and Geoffrey Riley hosts the show.