Humans are hard-wired to create patterns

Patternicity—Noun—The tendency to find meaningful patterns in both meaningful and meaningless noise.

This TED talk demonstrates one of the primary reasons why using a quantitative analytical approach for identifying patterns is vastly superior to relying on an anecdotal ‘human-driven’ model.

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The Art of Counting is dedicated to the memory of Margery Meilleur, who first taught me to view history through the eyes of the images we create.