Apophenia: Searching for Meaning

Happy 125th Birthday to Hermann Rorschach (1884-1922), Swiss psychoanalyst who popularized the use of patient’s interpretations of ink blot as a diagnostic tool.

These techniques are now known generically as Rorschach tests. They utilize the underlying phenomenon of “apophenia,” which is the human tendency to see patterns in otherwise random data.

Rorschach’s work developed out of a childhood love of “kelcksography,” literally ‘inkblot drawing,’ invented by Justinius Kerner.

I wonder if Scottsdale voters and politicians aren’t experiencing a little apophenia in trying to interpret the bond election results?

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