A caller from Tampa, Florida, talks about the eerie feeling she had when she heard an audio interview recorded with a speaker who at the time was unaware of his imminent death. She’d like a word to describe that feeling. Postalgia, maybe? This is part of a complete episode.

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  1. udo says:

    My suggestion: “Hindsight Prophecy”/ “Prophecolia”
    I suppose we are dealing here with a psychological phenomenon closely related to hindsight bias / conformation bias. Therefore I would suggest the term “hindsight prophecy” for what the listener experienced. “X happened unexpectedly, but there MUST have been clues in the past “. We all tend to selectively pick that information which complies with our expectation/experience. Another closely phenomenon is “Pareidolia” : Humans tend to see faces everywhere, even if there aren’t any….. So maybe sth like “Prophecolia” might be also an appropriate term.

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