Being Anomalous

Definition of anomalous

1 : inconsistent with or deviating from what is usual, normal, or expected : irregular, unusual

Researchers could not explain the anomalous test results.


a : of uncertain nature or classification

an anomalous figure in the world of politics

b : marked by incongruity or contradiction : paradoxical


As a rule of thumb there is nothing quite like being anomalous or the arrival of an anomaly to upset the congruence of a world view or picture of reality. Yesterday I hinted at the Billy-no-mates situation and this is a verbalization of an actuality. I have no social contact {aside from Aikido}, no mates, no collaborators and I am not working with anyone. I am not in cahoots with anyone. Given my “history” this could be hard to believe, yet it is actual. Social isolation is supposed to cause upset and dismay, yet I am pretty much OK with it. It is just like this. I have chosen to frame it as a kind of yogi state. Social isolation is not a unilateral thing, it takes two to tango after all. It can produce eccentricity which I guess is another way of saying anomalous, I am not close to the centre thereby I am eccentric. In some cases, people find anomalies very hard to believe of and in. As we are taught in high school, we disregard anomalous results and only use congruent readings, in titrations for example.

But here is the catch, we can continue to disregard anomalies until such time as the anomalies mount up. Only then do we have to consider them. Anomalies by definition do not fit what we expect, they upset the “rules”. My trajectory through life is unexpected and upsets to a tiny singular extent the story of what is/was supposed to happen. It is no great shakes for me, it just is. I don’t have any expectations.

What do we do with anomalies? Do we disregard them, explain them away or take note?

In science an anomaly can open up a whole new area of endeavour, in society they are most often at the end of the pointed finger, that is unless you are some kind of creative or artistic genius, in which case they are allowed to be anomalous.

Being an anomaly can open the door for subsequent anomalies. There is nothing for the anomaly itself, but it can ease the way for those that follow. I am an anomalous being.

Having cued this up:

If I encounter an anomaly do I simply disregard it?

Do I try to explain and justify it away?

Or is an anomaly worth further investigation?