Interesting piece on why the human mind is susceptible to explanations of events that involve some invisible agent. To summarize...
- The mind can be satisfied by something that has the form of an explanation, even if it has no content
- The mind tends to mistake random phenomena for non-random, but not vice-versa
- The mind unconciously seeks the most rewarding view of circumstances
The last point I found particularly interesting. Gilbert writes...
Who knew that widowhood or divorce would be an opportunity to meet the partner of our dreams? Who knew that a heart attack or a prison sentence would lead us to refocus our lives and concentrate on the things that matter? And who knew — when we were making that agonizing decision between the Honda and the Mazda, between Cincinnati and Chicago, between the ballpark and the ballet or the asparagus and the artichoke — that this one would turn out be so obviously better than that?
Well, it had to be fate, right?