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 Posted: Mon Nov 9th, 2009 09:51 pm
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Thanks for your reply, Adam.

I have the feeling that you didn't quite get what I am after.

While divination systems have meaning, what I am interested is not how meaning is derived through psychology, for that is a topic for psychologists, but descriptions of how the components of divination system interact with each other in real-time and why most systems use "random" patterns and events to derive meaning from the components.

I just can't quite shake the feeling that there may be something interesting behind the phenomenon of divination, since it appears all over the world in nearly every culture.

The question may very well be instead: "How did all these cultures determine that by throwing or shuffling objects and otherwise creating "chaos", you can derive meanings from these events?"

Is this a question of mechanics and physics or of psychology and neurology?

I'm beginning to wonder...

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