The repeated way in which something occurs is called a pattern. When often encountering a problem, patterns are often sought after by animals and humans as to find solutions to problems and are sought as a quest for knowledge as it provides a foundation and tangibility. Identifying something recurring gives us a sense of familiarity hence, the human species’ keenness on seeking patterns towards everything.
Suppose an array of problem arise, we are often quick to seek similarities and spot patterns to allow us to find a connection and solve the problem. No matter the existence of a pattern, humans create patterns and seek patterns, even if the scenario is not tangible at times. In natural sciences, there are conflicts whether or not it is possible to establish theories and facts without a pattern. Along the course of an investigation and establishment of a theory, most human and natural sciences relies on a strong fabrication of patterns to create a full analysis on concepts.
The arts are also an important area of knowledge as when creating a piece of art, one’s creativity is exposed, allowing others to find the repetition of the work in older or newer art forms. Pattern seeking has become a way to evolve as we perceive it on a daily basis.Natural sciences deal with the physical world.
We, humans tend to seek patterns even if they do not exist to make sense of seemingly phenomenal to introduce an element of predictability and familiarity. Often, we have difficulties in expressing something that we cannot explain, for instance, religions. Often faith is based on mutually defined principle that serves as constants, to which scenarios must conform to by creating patterns. Faith exists to give pattern to thing that may outwardly seem inexplicable, as patterns for us provides a sense of belonging and comfort. We make up religious stories to explain events that previously had no explanations such as Persephone being abducted by Hades to reason why we have seasons. Thus our minds have naturally ordered our memories and organize them with some degree of logic with patterns.
In addition, our imagination in conjunction with knowledge, allows us to identify or even create patternsThe role of shared knowledge and personal knowledge als comes into play in pattern seeking. It can be argued that our pattern-seeking nature is responsible for a great deal of our advancement, therefore we are quite adept at identifying them even if it does not seem to exist as proven from our progress in science which comes from seeking general relationships and patterns, for instance in physics with gravity. We humans use reasons in our daily life to justify our works and actions. That being the case, we try to apply a logical, structured thinking to postulate reasons why observations are the way they are, assuming that natural systems will follow the law of reasons we created. Pattern-seeking seems to be inherent to humans. Our desire to seek pattern must have come from our somewhere, perhaps that is an inherent desire in our ancestors and species, which comes from certain level of development long our evolutionary line. Thus, we are able to find almost identical inclinations in closely related species.