The Pattern Problem : Invisibilia Are we destined to repeat our patterns, or do we generally stray in surprising directions?

The Pattern Problem

Are we destined to repeat our patterns, or do we generally stray in surprising directions?

Content Warning: This episode contains descriptions of sexual abuse.

A panel of judges sits to decide the fate of the young woman. She's the child of addicts and an ex-addict and ex-felon herself, and she's asking the court to trust her to become an attorney. The outcome of her case hinges on a question we all struggle with: are we destined to repeat our patterns, or do we generally stray in surprising directions? - a question increasingly relevant in an age when algorithms are trying to predict everything about our behavior.