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A Tale of Two Synchronicities - Mapping the Event Horizons
Dr. Lewis E. Graham
Early in the 20th century, Carl Jung, a famous Swiss psychologist and protégé of Sigmund Freud, coined a term to describe what some people think of as 'meaningful' coincidences. That term is synchronicity, (pronounced sinkro-NI-city).
Synchronicity reached mainstream culture many decades later, in the early 1980s, thanks to a British band called the Police. That was when their album, of the same name, reached Number One on both the UK Albums Chart and the US Billboard 200.
Despite Jung's fame, for nearly a century now this fascinating subject has languished in relative obscurity. Synchronicity seems to have flown under the radar because, during this time, it has been treated primarily as a private study - a form of self-reflection with no testable basis.
In A Tale of Two Synchronicities author Mark Grant overcomes this difficulty by shifting the discussion to higher ground. He does so by focusing, in significant measure, on events of public consequence - ones that have often been noted by hundreds of millions of people, or more. By focusing on publicly verifiable data he neatly sidesteps a plethora of dismissive claims, all of which center on the presumption that 'syncs' (sinks) are based on purely subjective considerations.
Early on he introduces a practical standard of what should constitute a 'meaningful' group-level synchronistic connection. This narrows the terms of the debate in a way that provides testable parameters that shift the onus onto the skeptics. Through this approach he lays siege on the notion that so-called synced events 'must' be due to chance.
Granted, it may prove true that chance theorists can provide comparable results, consistently. In the meanwhile, the author's findings seem to point in two alternative directions (which have long been noted in the personal arenas where synchronicity has been explored). For one, they raise the possibility that certain public events are subject to a causal effect other than chance. Then again, the data may represent evidence of discreet intervention, on the part of an agent(s) that wishes to leave hints of its involvement in human affairs, through the method of event encoding.
Another thing that's new about this book is the idea that some synced events are 'relationally' connected to other synced events, or events of consequence. This also constitutes a major step forward because syncs are generally considered in isolation. These relational links may reflect an interconnectedness that is not yet recognized by conventional science. Alternatively, when considered as relational design, they could be the handiwork of an agent that wishes to leave hints of its ongoing intervention in human affairs.
Told by way of an engaging journey of discovery, this book is also an extraordinary presentation of the personal experience of synchronicity. But its main significance, perhaps, is as a pioneering study of how this subject applies to the public arena.
- Publication Date:
- 1508592039 / 9781508592037
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- Binding Type:
- US Trade Paper
- Trim Size:
- 5.5" x 8.5"
- Black and White
- Related Categories:
- Philosophy / Metaphysics