17 April 2009

Audio: "Sam Spayed"

If there is a moral to this story, I suppose it would be: Humans are easily fooled.

We are hard-wired to fill in the blanks. Flash a sequence of still images at twenty-four frames a second, and we think we see motion. Show us strange phenomena that can't be easily explained, and we turn to conspiracy theories, religions, or both.

It's good and bad that we're predisposed to understand things in terms of story. Good, because narrative is a solid framework for all kinds of information dispersal; bad, because sometimes what you want to hear isn't what you need to hear, or even what's available. Reality can be a real buzzkill.

Music: Bass and Electric Guitar stems from "Code Monkey" by Jonathan Coulton, licensed under Creative Commons.


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