Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/166981/why-are-things-creepy/
Being afraid of things is common to humans and can help keep us alive when presented with a dangerous situation. But what about things that are not direct threats to our lives, things that feel creepy to us or fall outside our comfort zones? Vsauce discusses why things feel creepy to us and other unsettling feelings that can prey upon our minds in this fascinating video.
Nice. My own point on that is simply that creepy is where your instincts and logic clash. Where we get conflicting information from the normal and 'sub-audible' range of our sense. Sub-audible refers to sensory stimuli that exists at the edge of our conscious perceptual range. Imagine a sound so low that you didn't actually hear it but it still had an effect on your behaviour. There are such frequencies by the way.
Creepy is knowing, something is 'wrong' but lacking the sensory data to determine why. This m,ay be a hold over from earlier evolution. This maybe be the vestigial or rudimentary form of a sense we gradually lost as our brains changed. In a deer this would be the sense that allows one deer to start running a full second or half second before another deer.
It's like a picture that's been tilted by 3-7 degrees. You know there is something off, but the cue is so subtle you can/t quite isolate it but you know it's there.