“We like to think we perceive the world as it actually is. However, our senses can be deceived. Sometimes, the problem is selective perception, where we don't see certain things because our focus is elsewhere. In other cases, we can actually see things that aren't there. Studies show that a significant number of us have hallucinated at some point in our lives. Of course, problems are likely to arise when we use these inaccurate perceptions in our thinking. Two factors have a particularly important effect on how we see the world: our expectations and our desires. That is, our perceptions are greatly influenced by what we expect to see and what we want to see. Our faulty perceptions have led to a number of bizarre occurrences throughout human history. Clearly, our perception of reality can be unreliable, which should make us wary of beliefs that are based only on our personal experiences, especially if those beliefs are extraordinary.”
Don't Believe Everything You Think: The 6 Basic Mistakes We Make in Thinking.
“We occupy a world in which randomness plays a role. Some events in life, both trivial and grand, are simply beyond our control. Getting hit by a drunk driver while strolling on a sidewalk cannot be avoided by careful planning or by becoming a better person. Such a sad fate is not an act of god but an act of randomness, without any meaning. There is no secular version of divine justification, because there is no justification of any kind. We must acknowledge this. But that is no excuse for shirking responsibility, or for not taking control of, and responsibility for, our lives. Randomness exists in the background but most events in our daily life are under our direct command. Taking control of our lives is joyous. Our inner life, our own thoughts, our acts of kindness, our responsibility and honesty, are all immune to the random events in the world around us. The choice to be moral is a prime example.”
Beyond Cosmic Dice - Moral Life in a Random World.
"Believers in the paranormal tend to wrongly attribute remarkable coincidences to paranormal causes rather than chance. Coincidences that may appear strange and meaningful are in fact much more likely than human intuition suggests."
British Journal of Psychology