>The tendency to perceive a connection or meaningful pattern between unrelated or random things (such as objects or ideas)
>The human tendency to see connections and patterns that are not really there—gives rise to conspiracy theories.
Note: The tendency to perceive a specific, often meaningful image in a random or ambiguous visual pattern is known as pereidolia
Rorschach inkblot test where it this which is used to assess the personality and emotional functioning make use of pereidolia
>If we are aware of our inclination to jump to conclusions we can be on the lookout for the workings of apophenia
>While this may seem to indicate that we are doomed to fall prey to the ravages of apophenia, It ain’t necessarily so.