Monday, September 27, 2004

Jim Bowie's Letter & Bill Buckner's Legs

I just read an article that Stephen Jay Gould wrote a few yrs ago -- it's fascinating, and it confirms/parallels a few things that I -- in a limited way -- had previously thought about myself. (There's nothing like having someone second your theories to make you feel that person is truly brilliant...)

The basic point of the article is that

...human beings are pattern-seeking, storytelling creatures. These mental propensities ... [lead] us to cram the real and messy complexity of life into simplistic channels of the few preferred ways that human stories "go."
One of the many places you can find the article -- titled "Jim Bowie's Letter & Bill Buckner's Legs" -- is at


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