Everyone likes to be dazzled. Sleight of hand magic, spooky coincidences, strange facts…they all leave us with some form of wonder. Even a fun math trick can leave you mystified. This is because from the time of our births, we go about the business of trying to figure out how the world works.
When we’re met with something we can’t explain, even a math trick, our brain goes into thrill mode.
The inability to explain something you’ve encountered implies the world isn’t as ordered and sensible as you once thought it might be. It might even be a little dangerous. In fact, magic tricks and the like activate the same part of the brain that responds to roller coasters and scary movies.
While this math trick might not give you the same level of thrill as would a scary movie, it might still leave you pondering how it’s possible.
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