Pattern Recognition 101: The Invisible Pattern

We all learn by using patterning. It is how the human brain works and forms neural pathways so that we can remember things. If we didn’t have patterning, we would all still be gelatinous blobs crawling along the ocean floor like giant sea cucumbers or something.

Even then, we might still use patterning to find food or avoid predators. I don’t know. Do sea cucumbers have predators? Does something actually eat them on purpose?

But I digress …

I admit, readily, that I am a pattern freak. You might think that would make me a math guru or something, but I’m not at all. I dislike math and always have. For all of its patterns, I find it random and pointless. X as an unknown entity is just fine with me. It’s x. Enough said.

Instead I tend to find patterns where no one else looks … the invisible patterns. The patterns that are left when all the other patterns are stripped away are the ones that blaze into my mind.

And none of them are as obvious as the one left by geologists regarding the recent phenomena of earthquakes plaguing the central United States – Oklahoma, to be exact.

I was born in Oklahoma, raised in Oklahoma, and graduated college in Oklahoma. I have raised my children in Oklahoma. My great grandparents were part of the land runs that settled Oklahoma, even. In other words, I know this state well.

Once, when I was in high school, we had an earthquake. It was bizzare, a loud boom and the whole house vibrated. No one really knew what it was until the next day when the news told us it was an earthquake. Until then, we thought maybe something had exploded somewhere.

Thirty-four years later, I experienced my next earthquake in the state of Oklahoma.

Now that’s not to say that we didn’t have any earthquakes between the two. As I understand it and from geological reports, the state experienced two or three a year most years. That is, two or three tiny little ones that almost no one felt or knew about. Two or three a year.

For the past four years, however, we have been having two or three a day and sometimes, two or three an hour.

That’s quite an uptick in earthquake activity, wouldn’t you say?

When the first ones happened, the geologists in the state were quick to say that they were normal activity from ancient fault lines that ran under the state. It seemed the most logical explanation, even despite the huge amount of oil drilling that was beginning to take place.

But four years later and thousands upon thousands of earthquakes later, that explanation no longer makes sense.

It especially makes no sense when you realize the lack of involvement of the geological data hounds that study earthquakes and seismic events around the world.

A few weeks ago, in northern California, six earthquakes occurred in a small area. They were all well under a 4.0, but, not only did the media report on them in the national press, the geologists were issuing all kinds of warnings about them.

Why did I even notice them, you ask?

Because over the same span of time, less than an hour from where I live, Oklahoma had twelve earthquakes of greater magnitude all on the same day.

Why is that important?

Because not a single media outlet reported it and absolutely no geologists mentioned the matter let alone issued a warning. Not that that’s unusual for the state of Oklahoma. As a matter of fact, it is the norm for here. No one mentions the earthquakes. No one’s studying the earthquakes. They are a non-entity.

Now, to me, that is a pattern. The complete lack of involvement on the part of the specialists is so glaringly obvious here.

You’d think that if an ancient fault line were awakening in the middle of the North American continent geologists of all kinds would be flocking to study it, like paleontologists discovering a new species of dinosaur or something. If I were a geologist, I would be flocking to study it. I mean, earthquakes in California and Alaska and the Pacific rim are normal, expected. Their source is known and somewhat predictable.

Here, in Oklahoma, is a whole new thing. An ancient fault line being reborn in the geological time line. It should be as important as the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius.

But instead, the news reports are few and far between, the geologists seem bored or uninterested. The silence on the matter is deafening.

Why? Have the geologists figured out that these earthquakes aren’t caused by natural phenomena and are therefore unconcerned about them? Is an ancient fault line that they say is tied into the Yellowstone basin not important enough to study? Or are these being caused by some man-made event, like drilling for oil?

I have learned over my lifetime that the 4 million people in the state of Oklahoma will never rank as important as the 38 million people in the state of California. Our ground shaking that is destroying homes in every single town in the state will never compare to taking out a large vineyard in Napa valley. No one cares if a cow barn is destroyed or the water system in an entire town is compromised in Oklahoma as long as the crop of grapes that produces White Zinfandel is at risk. The world has priorities, after all.

The lack of information is not what bothers me. What bothers me is the lack of truthful information.

We may be a state of mostly farmers and rural small towns, but that doesn’t make us dumb, uneducated, or incapable of understanding the truth when it is presented to us. We see the patterns. We know the data. When is the truth going to be revealed?




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