The Baader-Meinhof phenonmenon
The world works in mysterious ways, or so we think. Our brain as we know is always looking for different ways to interpret information. When it does this, it usually looks for patterns. In doing so, it can make something completely insignificant suddenly seem relevant. Say you have a conversation with your friend about the new car they have just bought. In my case this happened to me with my husband. Last year he bought a Renault Clio RS a car I honestly had never heard of. All of a sudden everywhere I looked, I saw the same car. It was like they suddenly came out of hiding. Is it that there was a sudden influx of Clio’s driving around or was it that I was just starting to notice it. This is the basic idea of the Baader-Meinhof phenomenon.
It is a term that is more easily pronounced as frequency illusion or recency illusion. In a nutshell, after you brain learns a new piece of information, you start to notice it everywhere you go. The name Baader-Meinhof phenomenon was first coined back in 1994 when a commenter dubbed what was then referred to as the frequency illusion as the Baader-Meinhof phenomenon. Baader-Meinhof was a militant West German terrorist group in the 1970’s. in 1994, a commenter for the St Paul Minnesota Pioneer Press randomly heard references to this group within the period of 24 hours. It seemed to catch on and the term is now more widely referred to as the Baader-Meinhof phenomenon.
When it comes to the paranormal, does this mean we start noticing things more during our investigations? I am a big believer in that the more you delve into the paranormal and the more investigations that you do, you kind of become in tune with things. I find that you do start to see and feel things a bit more. The question is, are these things happening to us more and more during an investigation or is it the Baader-Meinhof phenomenon? Is our brain just suddenly noticing something more because it is suddenly significant to us? While we can say that by doing this more and more we are becoming more and more open to the possibilities, what if it is not that we are becoming more open minded, but it is just that our brain is finding the patterns to support our beliefs – much in the way confirmation bias works which we talked about in the previous post.
It is just another thing to consider when you are out on an investigation. Are you noticing the same things? The question of course is then, is it the Baader-Meinhof phenomenon or is it perhaps some sort of message from the universe. Synchronicity. Your beliefs will interpret this for you (confirmation bias again). It really is hard being a paranormal investigator. There is so much ‘science’ to explain everything that is happening to us, especially when our brain does a lot in our subconcious that we aren't even aware of. We however continually push back against it because for some reason we feel within us that there is something more. We don’t know what that something more is, but we obviously feel and seek it. How you do that is completely up to you.
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