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  1. #1 Is the Human Being a Magnet? 2 
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    I posted this question in the Physics Forum and was told it might be an Behavioral question. Curious thought. Can someone explain, why when you are walking behind someone and you are about to pass he or she. No matter what side you take to walk around the person they tends to move in the same direction walking into you and causing you to stop. And then have an awkward exchange with that person. Or when you walk around a corner, there is always a person approaching the same exact time as you. Now I can think of many more like this but I won't. Is there an equation to make sense to all this?


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    It is selective perception, combined with selective memory. In other words, it is not really happening, but it is very human to believe it is. The way it works is simple. If you walk towards someone, and turn left, while that person turns left, so that you effortlessly pass each other, you barely notice what has happened. However, if you turn towards each other, especially if it happens several times, you are forced to take notice and you remember.

    Do not let this bother you. I am not accusing you of being silly. This happens to all of us.

    And yes, researchers have looked into it. Believe it or not, those almost collisions happen at exactly the rate expected by pure chance.


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    I'll repeat the answer I gave in the Physics foru, which also echoes skeptic's remarks.

    When you and the approaching person make a 'correct' decision, so that you pass each other by with ease, you do not recall the event. It is wholly inconsequential. When you both make the 'wrong' decision the event becomes memorable to a minor degree for its humour, embarassment, or because that's how you met your second wife.
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    Person A is travelling from north to south. Person B is also traveling in the same direction but is behind person A. Now "A" is walking too slow or "B" is just in a hurry. When "B" tries to pass "A", no matter which side "B" chooses "A" body drifts to the same exact side "B" chose. Thats my question if that makes sense and where can I find these studies.
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