Anthony Peake, a noted writer on the "Borderline Sciences" has "... been long preoccupied with synchronicities and their less-odd first cousin, coincidences......
.......Synchronicity has been defined as “Synchronicity is the coming together of inner and outer events in a way that cannot be explained by cause and effect and that is meaningful to the observer.” A “coincidence” on the other hand is two or more events that have some form of relationship but that relationship is not of significance to the observer.
A classic exampl...e of a “coincidence” occurred this morning when I was driving to work. As I approached Lingfield Racecourse a wagon-like car drew out in front of me. It was a Mitsubishi “Animal” …. This got me thinking about what a strange name this was for an automobile. As I did so my in-car audio system (running off my Archos 5 Media Tablet, with its 250 Gigabyte memory and containing more than 17,000 MP3 files) changed tracks. As I had it on random play I had no idea what the next track would be (a literal 1 in 17,000 on any particular track) … and what came blasting out of my speakers? “Animal” by Pearl Jam. As I listened to the song the peculiarly stylized word “animal” was in my direct eye-line as our cars stopped at the traffic lights under the Dormansland rail bridge.
For me a synchronicity is a whole different ball-game and a phenomenon that is uncanny and strange. An example of a synchronicity that took place a few years ago and involved an earlier Archos player being used in almost identical circumstances involves a set of circumstances that defy rational explanation … and indirectly proved (to me at least) that my “Cheating The Ferryman” hypothesis has a role in suggesting a model by which such a set of circumstances may be explained (I know that this all comes down to interpretation of the facts as they presented themselves to me … but isn’t that what science is all about?)
Below is a link to my Forum where I describe in detail what took place that foggy evening on the M62:
I am really interested in any comments or observations with regards to this event …. Am I simply confusing “confirmation bias” with coincidence?
For those who do not wish to go over to the CTF Forum I will post my initial posting below. As an aside the singer song-writer Suzanne Vega picked up on this when I twittered it a year or so ago. She is a good friend of Shawn Colvin, the musician responsible for the song “Round of Blues” ….."