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What is a pattern? According to Webster's, a pattern is a natural or chance configuration. Another definition is "a reliable sample of traits, tendencies, acts, or other observable characteristics of a person, [thing], group or institution." When we recognize a pattern in an event or thing, we may be able to make predictions based on that pattern. In other words, we are able to foretell an event because of past experience, observation or even scientific reason. Because there is a regularity, a pattern, of an occurance, we can guess the future. (author unknown)

What pattern connects the crab to the lobster and the orchid to the primrose and all four of them to me? And me to you? And all six of us to the amoeba in one direction and to the back-ward schizophrenic in another? (Gregory Bateson, Mind and Nature)


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