Synchronicity or Chance....

Posted by Tandarin Nike Saturday, October 23, 2010 9:06 AM
You probably might have read or heard about the story of the woman who won the lottery for the fourth time. Some say the odds of that are 1 out of 18 septillion.

I think almost everyone who reads this blog will assume it wasn't luck, and that there was some criminal activity involved. But it made me wonder if humans have some sort of innate and similar view of where coincidence fails as an explanation. Let's test that....

Let's say a mysterious woman appears at your door and tells you that you have a special power. If you write the name of a person on a piece of paper and put it in a sock overnight, that person will die.

You try it once out of curiosity, picking the name of some scoundrel from the news so you won't feel bad if it works. And sure enough, that person dies of a heart attack that very night.

Your first thought might be that as a general rule, scoundrels live risky lifestyles. You might have gotten lucky on that one. So you try it again the next night with a new name, and that person is also dead by morning.

You try it twenty times, never telling anyone else of your experiment, and each time it works before sunrise the next day.

You can imagine a variety of explanations for your experience. You might be crazy, or dreaming, or experiencing selective memory.

Maybe the mysterious woman who told you of this method is somehow watching you and putting out the hit order on the name you choose, for reasons that you can't understand.

Maybe you're just good at recognizing when people's time has come. Maybe you are part of some sort of science experiment or reality show. Perhaps there are a dozen other explanations.

My question to you is this: How many times could you repeat this experiment alone, with whatever controls or privacy you could muster, before you believed your actions were causing specific people to die?

For me it would be somewhere around the third person.

2 Response to "Synchronicity or Chance...."

  1. shivani Says:

    Haha i guess for me it could be the same but i think instead of having that power i'd rather have something like the realisation gun and go on shooting away to God's glory.
    The world looks lovely if there are people living together in harmony for if i had that power i would be a lone creature talking to innate objects like that movie starring Will Smith. Where he was the lone survivor and talked to mannequins as he cried.
    The movie i forget the name...i guess it was... I Am Legend.
    Any ways you have a knack of presenting thoughts that intrude the human mind in the most wonderful way.
    It has a positive feel...and i am thinking now how most of us wish for some elements to be wiped off from the surface of the earth and they could be someone you know or faceless people.
    i am actually thinking...
    Thanks for that.

  2. Tandarin Nike Says:

    You are welcome Shivani and thanks for the lovely comments. Don’t take any of the posts too seriously. It’s just in jest that I manage to put some strange ideas on paper. If it gives you a positive feel, I must say, it makes me happy as that’s exactly what I intend to convey through my post.

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