Hot Ice and Anomalous Behaviors

Hot Ice and Anomalous Behaviors

My memory takes me back to the seventies while studying for my PhD in chemistry in the UK. One of the students had a basket filled with ice to cool a reaction vessel. His initials on the basket read HOT. Students were laughing because hot ice was a funny idea. This memory reminds me of a natural anomaly. The β€˜sea smoke’, the steam arising out of the Black Sea is caused due the humidity of the oceanic water counteracting with the coolness of the wind over the water’s surface. Hot ice and smoking sea- these two thoughts spurred the idea of this buzz and the role of anomalies in our lives.

Anomalies are defined as anomaly is defined as a departure from the common order, something that is peculiar, irregular, abnormal, or difficult to classify. Anomalies are the states of disorder and not obeying the order in a system. For this reason, anomalies may tend to be spontaneous and more abundant than we might think of. If they are the natural state, why do we call them anomalous?

Water that fills our bodies is the most anomalous liquid. Not only that even solid water (ice) behaves abnormally than other solids. We are filled with anomaly and could this be the reason why we think irrationally? It is amazing how such a simple molecule water is; yet it shows complex behavior. Our simple actions create complex anomalies without intending them. For example, our need to have open sources to enhance collaboration has opened the door for threats of theft and virus attacks. When we tried to pool our minds together new threats emerged. It is these anomalies that draw our attention for we have the interest and curiosity to understand them and uncover their secrets.

No wonder the anomalous behaviors of humans have attracted the attention of many researchers. One case is left-handedness. More than 70% of people are right-handed. Many studies have focused on the complex differences resulting from such a small difference. For example, do right-handed people have different skills and longer life spans than left-handed people?

As humans interact they create anomalies. One great study I find of great interest is that reported by RJ Shiller titled β€œHuman Behavior and the Efficiency of the Financial System”. This study sheds light on several human and investors anomalous behaviors. One anomaly is Regret and Cognitive Dissonance. There is a human tendency to feel the pain of regret at having made errors, even small errors, not putting such errors into a larger perspective. Regret theory may be interpreted as implying that investors avoid selling stocks that have gone down in order not to finalize the error they make, and not to feel the regret. They sell stocks that have gone up in order that they cannot regret failing to do so before the stock later fell. No wonder many investors lose their money. People prefer to not admit mistakes by making greater mistakes. Mistakes are spontaneous because they are disorderly.

There are many more tendencies of anomalous human behaviors such as their tendency to show overconfidence when interviewed. The disjunction effect is a tendency for people to want to wait to make decisions until information is revealed, even if the information is not important for the decision, and even if they would make the same decision regardless of the information.Β Why do people behave this way is still subject for further research?

Anomalous human behavior is manifested in many other forms such as The Placebo Effect. This is best defined by Michael Brooks as β€œsomehow, sometimes, a whole lot of nothing can be very powerful”. Give morphine to somebody suffering from pain for few days and then replace the morphine with a saline solution. The effect the patient still feels the pain is reduced even though morphine has been removed. Like we succeed in investing and we tend to believe our repeated successes are due to our decisions here we may believe that our success in reducing the pain is based on our success to reduce the pain. We turn mirages into real running water of success forgetting that water itself has anomalous behavior.

We collaborate to produce successes and then produce anomalous results. The anomalies we see in the smoke of the Black Ocean we may see them in the ocean of big data that we produce, in our collective behaviors and in our seas of knowledge.

Anomalies are everywhere as they represent disorder that attract our eyes. If you see fifty women dressed in black and only one woman dressed in white your attention will focus on the anomalous lady. Is there an escape from anomaly? I doubt there is.

If you have a case on anomalous behaviors, then you are most invited to share it here.

I dedicate this buzz to Glenn Melcher and Ned McDonnell III, CFA PMP for they have been great support with their sharing my buzzes and enriching my mind with their comments



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Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

Edward Lewellen- responded to this buzz by writing a lovely buzz "Human Behavior: Outliers and Anomalies" https://www.bebee.com/producer/@edward-lewellen/human-behavior-outliers-and-anamolies This is a great example of engagement and enrichment. I invite readers of this buzz to read the buzz of my friend Edward.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#25
Ned McDonnell

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#23
I really want to read your feedback dear friend. I alert the attention of this problem to Javier \ud83d\udc1d beBee

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#21
So we are on the same boat Jerry Fletcher

Jerry Fletcher

Jerry Fletcher

3 years ago #18

Ali, once again you have stirred the little grey cells. I, too, am having difficulty identifying what is an anomaly and what is simply a new standard in our existence.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#18
May be the cycle of anomalies - creativity is going so fast that we don't know which is the egg or chicken Franci\ud83d\udc1dEugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador. The death of time is now experienced in shrinking cycles.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#17
Unspoken communication is the least misunderstood- so much thinking and depth behind your thought Kevin Baker. Very interesting idea. Speaking without words- this is a superb anomaly.

Franci 🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador

"Anomalies are defined as anomaly is defined as a departure from the common order, something that is peculiar, irregular, abnormal, or difficult to classify." In today's world, the common order is constantly changing so I assume anomalies are constantly changing as well. Which comes first - creativity or anomalies? Thought-provoking piece Ali \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

Yes, and a offer a new definition for creativity. Creativity is turning the anomaly into normal and the normal into anomaly.

John Rylance

John Rylance

3 years ago #13

Just as an anomaly can become a norm, a norm can turn into an anomaly. Example:- Who hand writes letters these days? or for that matter does them on a typewriter.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#13
Great and wonderful example Bill King. Yes, when we develop a trend that tends to become a pattern we also develop certain mentality. I shall not elaborate much for now, but you inspired me with the idea of my next buzz. Stay tuned.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#11
The anomaly is publishing an anomalous buzz on anomaly. You put a smile on my face dear Debasish Majumder. Thank you also for sharing the buzz.

Debasish Majumder

Debasish Majumder

3 years ago #10

the buzz itself an anomaly comparing to your other buzzes sir Ali \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee! enjoyed read and shared. thank you for the buzz sir.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#9
You are correct Zacharias \ud83d\udc1d Voulgaris. Detecting anomalous behaviors are employed in fraud detection. Why would somebody change a regular pattern of behavior unless there is a reason behind doing so? Anomalies may serve as early indicators of forthcoming problems. Yes, The Black Swan is a great example. Sometimes anomalies are not noises; more they are great indicators of what is coming and a great source for differentiation. I appreciate your encouraging words greatly. I hope not to disappoint you.

Zacharias 🐝 Voulgaris

Very insightful post, as usual (it would be an anomaly if it weren't!). Thank you for sharing. I believe most advents that are under the umbrella of black swans can be classified as anomalies (e.g. the development of Blockchain and similar Distributed Ledger technologies). Also, detecting anomalies before their effects become apparent is a very valuable problem (not to mention a hard one), since many anomalous behaviors in a transaction setting could be a sign of criminal behavior.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#7
Thank you John Rylance and I appreciate your comment. I did a huge search on left-handed people and got surprised by our failure so far to come to a conclude conclusion on many issues such as if they have shorter life spans then right-handed people. It is an anomaly because between 70-90% of people are right-handed. Some cultures insist that when you walk in doors you use your right foot. Is there a good reason for this? I have to check for the word ANOMIE because it is new for me. In fact, a red line appeared as I type this word, meaning the dictionary doesn't recognize it.Thanks for expanding my dictionary.

John Rylance

John Rylance

3 years ago #6

I've enjoyed reading this post. I feel an anomaly is something out of the ordinary/normal which is unexplainable, when it is it ceases to be an anomaly. For this reason left handedness isn't an anomaly, because it can be explained, likewise the placebo effect. An anomaly is a challenge to find an answer/reason Ali have you come across the word ANOMIE, a lack of the usual standards of expected or good behaviour. It comes from the Greek word anomos (lawless)

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#5
This is the "dance of our thoughts" to the music of your beautiful and timely comment dear Savvy Raj. I read your buzz and now again I am dancing with joy. Your quote is spot on. You comment makes a great synopsis of the buzz.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#3
Out of order emerges anomaly- I believe this is a natural tendency

Mohammed Abdul Jawad

Mohammed Abdul Jawad

3 years ago #3

Good post. Verily, working by habitual behavior means normalcy, and doing anything differently sometimes makes us weird!

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#1
Yes, it is kind of self-organizing

Pascal Derrien

Pascal Derrien

3 years ago #1

Anomalies are very often the vanguard of the new normal.....its part of evolution me thinks :-)

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