People like understanding what is going on in the world and they really like being able to spot patterns in other people’s behavior.

Some people may recall the moment in the 2016 Republican primary debates when Governor Chris Christie criticized Senator Marco Rubio for having a pattern of just repeating his talking points in response to other candidate’s comments and questions.

Mr. Christie had instructed the audience to listen for what he dismissively called the “memorized 25-second speech,” adding, with a twist of the knife, that it was “exactly what his advisers gave him.”

When it was his turn to reply, ...

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