A fascinating analysis of the evolved psychological processes involved in appreciating crime fiction. All makes perfect sense to me, why reaching the destination is somehow less fulfilling than the actual journey.
We are indeed compelled to extract patterns even where there are none. Still, although those false positives can be life-savers at times, they can also be at the root of some pretty silly pseudoscientific beliefs, religious claims, etc. The trap of ‘apophenia’ (patterns in random or meaningless data), as Klaus Conrad coined the phenomenon. Trying to stay on topic, this can also result in narrative fuzziness eg in terms of plot consistency, when the author himself is a sufferer!
Posted: 5/29/2009 12:20:41 AM