Topic IX. Seeing Patterns in Random Noise
Context for this filter:
- B. CONCEPT ACQUISITION
- People are (evolutionarily?) disposed to over-perceive signal (i.e., noise often gets misinterpreted as signal), perhaps because the cost of missing real signal (false negatives) is typically higher than the cost of mistaking noise for signal (false positives).
- Cautionary Quotes: Mistakes, Misconceptions, & Misunderstandings
- "If you draw lines correctly between the stars, you can make out a message from the aliens. You just have to know which stars to connect to see the message."