If you’re a gamer who grew up during the 80s and 90s, you know you’re guilty of doing this. I did.
Stick Nintendo cartridge in console, game doesn’t load right, take cart out and blow on it, place back in console, wash, rinse, repeat. (Okay… well, maybe not the wash and rinse part. We all knew video games hate shampoo and have no desire for strong, silky, easily manageable hair.)
The simple fact was we KNEW it worked. It may take a couple tries… but it ALWAYS worked. Orrrrr, we were wrong and just trying multiple times was bound to make the game kick in as long as it wasn’t actually broken.
That’s exactly what It’s Okay To Be Smart is getting at here. Our brain just wants to see patterns and because of that, this seemed pretty logical to us. But what it really comes down to is that our brains are jerks.