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Apophenia – The Sign Of Our Times

Submitted by on October 20, 2009 – 7:45 amNo Comment
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I came across this word today while attending (virtually) a session “What Comes Next For the Web.”

Apophenia is the experience of seeing patterns or connections in random or meaningless data. The term was coined in 1958 by Klaus Conrad,[1] who defined it as the “unmotivated seeing of connections” accompanied by a “specific experience of an abnormal meaningfulness.” (Wikipedia)

Ironically this word, arriving to me as it did on the heels of a recent conversation in which I was discussing apophenia without yet knowing the word existed,  struck me as not random but as another meaningful signal from the universe.

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