the crosswire empire
the phenomenon of coincidence is everywhere all the time, and yet it never gets old for me.
it is one of the purest and sweetest forms of validation that this world has for us. witnessing a remarkable concurrence of events or circumstances without apparent causal connection – mathematically improbable and logically incomprehensible – is like getting to meet your idol in his (or her) underwear. but then you blink and your idol has covered up and is asking you to leave. so, head down, you carry on as you were. but you never forget.
the number of times i have been stopped dead in my tracks by an “impossible” synchronicity of events is too great to just keep my head down any longer. every time it happens, i’m humbled, and it seems naive (and unlikely) to believe that i’m just lucky.
i don’t expect to create this blog, read a few stories and find THE answer. But with more and more accounts of the same forces at work, i hope to shed light on the mechanism (or at least the existence of one) that winds us up like factory toys and sets us down on a certain path. and thinking we chose this path ourselves, we stamp our feet, take a deep breath and hammer on in that direction.
this blog is an ode to the synchronicity that punches us in the face and says, wake up kids, it’s a wonderful life. worst case scenario, it keeps you entertained until you have to go to the bathroom.
We could not learn language and syntax without the ability to notice strange coincidences…Every word is in a sense an infinite object. It’s not just a name for an individual thing, it refers to an infinite set of things.
Take the word ‘dog’ - to understand that simple word you have to understand the name (Rover), the type (say, a black Labrador), all dogs, all mammals, all animals, all Labradors, all black Labradors (or black poodles or black Great Danes) all running things, all furry things. Yet even children under 5 can be given just a few relavant examples of dog and learn to use it…
Children make these cognitive leaps by noticing coincidences — Labradors and poodles and other dogs bark, pant with their tongues on hot days, and in cities at least, appear on leashes led by humans…”
Josh Tenenbaum, an MIT cognitive scientist, quoted in Psychology Today’s article “The Power of Coincidence.”
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