On last week’s Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, host Neil deGrasse Tyson explained how humans developed their eye for recognizing patterns.
Over centuries of of evolution, humans’ pattern recognition skills determined natural selection. Hunters skilled at spotting prey and predator and telling poisonous plants from healthy ones they had a better chance of survival than those blind to the patterns, enabling the survivors to pass on those pattern-friendly genes to future generations.
As it turns out, Carl Sagan pondered the same question on the original Cosmos, exploring how our brains process symbols and sounds to find commonalities. Sagan explores how the patterns on the backs of Heike crabs may have determined whether fisherman ate them or not – and why.
Watch the video below, and tune in to an all-new Cosmos this Monday at 10P.