what are patterns?
how do they work
confirming patterns (and disconfirming) patterns
positive confirmation is when a ...confirms a pattern. An example of a positive confirmation would be if I suddenly realized that it was true that my best friend was gay because I saw that he'd written it in his diary.
negative confirmation is when...
positive disconfirmation is when an event occurs which confirms that a pattern does not exist. An example of this was when doug said this about this.
negative disconfirmation is when an event doesn't happen which disconfirms a pattern. An example of this was when charlie said this about this.
retroactive pattern manipulation
retroactive pattern recognition
is when you recognize a pattern in light of a certain thing that has happened - that has just happened rather than has happened in the past.