Snowflakes falling, waves breaking on the shore, bubbles floating through the air, spiders weaving webs and birds flocking in the air.
“Natural Attractors” – that’s my term for these events or elements which seem to introduce a natural fascination in people all over the world.
Each is a combination of “order” and “randomness” which naturally captures our mind as we have that innate urge to watch, just for a moment.
Sometimes these natural attractors can be relaxing, like waves crashing on the shore. Other times they are wrapped in fun, like children blowing bubbles in the park.
I think the core of the attraction is the apparent orderly unfolding of similar yet random elements. The net result being that we intently look for “how things turn out”.
“Natural Attractors” are an “easy way in” to the human brain.
Build a game with one or more “Natural Attractors”, and you’ll probably find people playing because “it’s fun”, even when they can’t put their finger on why.
Ever been fascinated by a time lapse movie of a plant growing? How about fish swimming around a fish tank?
I keep a mental list of “Natural Attractors”. Have any new ones you want to share?