pyrofibonacciology, n, the study of Fibonacci sequences created using flaming objects
Apparently, it was enough to convince the folks at the e-zine Pea Green Boat that I knew something about patterns in nature. As a result, you can now read my responses to their questions (formatting removed the questions and turned it into a, hopefully, more coherent piece) in the latest issue, entitled “Ascend”.
I think this apparent problem may be driven by the fact that patterns in nature are not always reliable. Sometimes that twig snapping is a harmless deer. Sometimes its a leopard* about to pounce. It is probably a better evolutionary bet for us to have brains that are willing to believe in the pattern that a twig-snap almost always precedes a pouncing leopard, even if it almost always the deer.
*I think my obsession with the idea that leopard predation was a major evolutionary pressure on the human species was the result of having read 2001: A Space Odyssey just a bit younger than is advisable.