2005-06-20

5M, where are you?



5 comments:

Corrie said...

This darn thing is ALREADY taking up too much of my time!

Agatha said...

It's true, Westborowag, it is a big commitment. Basically, we're all 'on call' 24-7. In fact, we really should all be outfitted with Blackberries, walkie talkies, etc...We've all found that the time invested in this is well worth it. I'm sure you will soon be reaping the rewards, too.

The Independent Observer said...

Synchronicity: not just a second-rate Police tune

How do we explain the mysteriously uncanny appearance of the ID card? Well, perhaps good 'ol Sting (being Jung at heart) was on to something.

From The Mystery of Chance by Peter A. Jordan...

``... many see coincidence as embedded in a higher, transcendental force, a cosmic "glue," as it were, which binds random events together in a meaningful and coherent pattern. The question has always been: could such a harmonizing principle actually exist? Or are skeptics right in regarding this as a product of wishful thinking, a consoling myth spawned by the intellectual discomfort and capriciousness of chance?

Mathematician Warren Weaver, in his book, Lady Luck: The Theory of Probability, recounts a fascinating tale of coincidence that stretches our traditional notions of chance to their breaking point. The story originally appeared in Life magazine. Weaver writes:

All fifteen members of a church choir in Beatrice, Nebraska, due at practice at 7:20, were late on the evening of March 1, 1950. The minister and his wife and daughter had one reason (his wife delayed to iron the daughter's dress) one girl waited to finish a geometry problem; one couldn't start her car; two lingered to hear the end of an especially exciting radio program; one mother and daughter were late because the mother had to call the daughter twice to wake her from a nap; and so on. The reasons seemed rather ordinary. But there were ten separate and quite unconnected reasons for the lateness of the fifteen persons. It was rather fortunate that none of the fifteen arrived on time at 7:20, for at 7:25 the church building was destroyed in an explosion. The members of the choir, Life reported, wondered if their delay was "an act of God."

Weaver calculates the staggering odds against chance for this uncanny event as about one chance in a million.

Coincidences such as these, some say, are almost too purposeful, too orderly, to be a product of random chance, which strains somewhat to accommodate them. But then how do we explain them?

Psychologist Carl Jung believed the traditional notions of causality were incapable of explaining some of the more improbable forms of coincidence. Where it is plain, felt Jung, that no causal connection can be demonstrated between two events, but where a meaningful relationship nevertheless exists between them, a wholly different type of principle is likely to be operating. Jung called this principle "synchronicity."

Agatha said...

The 5M may be dormant at the moment, but the ESIs are on fire!

coyote said...

We are, after all, blog critters. Gotta do what we gotta do, 'n all that.