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    Default Synchronicity, coincidence and confirmation bias?

    I've always been intrigued with the description of frequent coincidence and patterns in peoples lives and how they attribute those these things to their actions or other factors, is it synchronicity as conceptualised by Jung or is that just an example of cognitive confirmation bias?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lark View Post
    I've always been intrigued with the description of frequent coincidence and patterns in peoples lives and how they attribute those these things to their actions or other factors, is it synchronicity as conceptualised by Jung or is that just an example of cognitive confirmation bias?

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    Either/Or.

    I bet people's take on it aligns pretty closely with their take on the question, "Is there a God?"

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    Confirmation bias, in my opinion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lark View Post
    is it synchronicity as conceptualised by Jung?
    The discipline of Statistics dispels the notion of synchronicity, as the double blind test dispels confirmation bias.

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    Synchronicity doesnt refer to coincidences themselves, but to the meaning people find in them which is very subjective and personal.
    I would eat an artichoke down to its heart,
    then feed the heart to him.
    It was enough that he was not you and utterly foreign,
    related to no one. So easy to love.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Victor View Post
    The discipline of Statistics dispels the notion of synchronicity, as the double blind test dispels confirmation bias.
    You know Victor, sometimes I get the feeling I'm reading someone else's words that you have adopted into a persona.
    It reminds me of a patchwork quilt, a grandmother would create.
    You find words you like, slap it on a patch, then sew the patch into the quilt itself.

    One can only imagine what the quilt will look like, if it is ever completed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sunless View Post
    Synchronicity doesnt refer to coincidences themselves, but to the meaning people find in them which is very subjective and personal.
    Yes, Oz is getting our very own saint based on coincidence.

    Yes, Mother Mary MacKillop is about to be canonised based on two miracles.

    But for anyone who knows Statistics the miracles are medical coincidences.

    And what is interesting is that miracles are part of the historical battle between Catholicism and Protestantism.

    For the Catholics, miracles prove they are right with a direct prayer line to God through the Saints. While the Protestants say we are all Saints, and that no miracles have been performed by God since New Testament times.

    But I aways tell them that Macintosh is Catholic while PC is Protestant.

    But as you say, it is all a matter of subjective and personal judgement.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Victor View Post
    But I aways tell them that Macintosh is Catholic while PC is Protestant.
    If Macintosh is Catholic while PC is Protestant, what is Apple? Scientology? Damn, I hate keeping up with the Jones's. I think I'll just keep my PC to defy modern consumerism.

    Quote Originally Posted by Sunless View Post
    Synchronicity doesnt refer to coincidences themselves, but to the meaning people find in them which is very subjective and personal.
    Exactly. However, don't discount the theory of special relativity; which is a sort of synchronicity.

    Special relativity has several consequences that struck many people as counterintuitive, among which are:

    The time lapse between two events is not invariant from one observer to another, but is dependent on the relative speeds of the observers' reference frames. (See Lorentz transformation equations.)

    Two events that occur simultaneously in different places in one frame of reference may occur at different times in another frame of reference (lack of absolute simultaneity).

    The dimensions (e.g. length, see Length contraction) of an object as measured by one observer may differ from the results of measurements of the same object made by another observer. (See Lorentz transformation equations.)

    The twin paradox concerns a twin who flies off in a spaceship traveling near the speed of light. When he returns he discovers that his twin has aged much more rapidly than he has (or he aged more slowly).

    The ladder paradox involves a long ladder traveling near the speed of light and being contained within a smaller garage.
    Velocities do not combine by simple addition, but instead by a relativistic velocity addition formula.

    Fast moving objects will appear to be distorted by Terrell rotation.
    The inability for matter or information to travel faster-than-light.

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    The slowest to the finish line wins.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Victor View Post
    The discipline of Statistics dispels the notion of synchronicity, as the double blind test dispels confirmation bias.
    I'm calling b.s. on the first part...

    (til I see the proof)

    (which I prolly won't read anyway)

    (cuz I'll know it's built on bogus assumptions)

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