Blown Away [Objects 1.2]

Objects examines the human tendency to see intentionality in the world around us: For more reading on this phenomenon, please click here.  An excerpt for people who have clickophobia:

"Psychologists and neuroscientists in recent years have demonstrated that our brains are hardwired to distinguish things in our environment that are alive from those that are not alive. But “being alive” (from a psychological point of view) is not about biology, but agency – something that can act in the world, that has its own will and can cause things to happen. Sure, this is a property of living things, but that’s not how our brain sort things out. We can perceive agency in non-living things if they are acting as if they are agents."

 - Steven Novella, clinical neurologist and assistant professor at Yale University School of Medicine 

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