Re: Debunking Synchronicity (was: Re: Debunk All Religiosity Equally (D.A.R.E.) )

From: J. R. Molloy (jr@shasta.com)
Date: Wed Jul 11 2001 - 12:39:15 MDT


From: "Amara Graps" <amara@amara.com>
> For me, that is not as important as the answer to the question:
> "Is it *good* for *me*?" For a number of things in my life I don't
> yet understand the working details, however, I use those things,
> nevertheless.

It may be good for you in the short term, but in the long term it may handicap
you. An analogy is morphine. It may be good for you during a surgical
treatment, but watch out for the addictive danger.

Likewise religiosity (or the softer drug, synchonicity) may help folks get
through a difficult situation, but let's not kid ourselves about the potential
harm it can do if inloaded over an extended amount of time, and as soon as
practical, let's try to wean the patient from the medication.

> The premise in my (and other authors) definition of this
> 'synchronicity' is that an objective value exists irrespective of
> whether it is acknowledged by the observer, but the meaning appears
> only when the observer is open to it.

That sounds a lot like good timing.

>But is it my imagination or is it
> really true, you ask?

It's really true: Learning new material when you're open to it (good timing)
promotes efficient education.

> If you view synchronicity as a meaningful coincidence between an
> external event and an internal readiness for being aware of that
> event, then synchronicity acts as a bridge to our unconscious mind
> or, at least, to the very edge of our conscious mind. Why is that?

You said it yourself. It's coincidence, which means the co-incidence of two
events, in this case your readiness for it, and the external event.

<mountain made from mole hill snipped>

> Heh.. I happen to think that the smell of garlic and onion is
> one of the most divine smells in the Universe...

Me too. "Synchronicity"? No, just similar tastes.


Stay hungry,

--J. R.

Useless hypotheses, etc.:
 consciousness, phlogiston, philosophy, vitalism, mind, free will, qualia,
analog computing, cultural relativism, GAC, CYC, and ELIZA

We won't move into a better future until we debunk religiosity, the most
regressive force now operating in society.



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