Carl Jung, Albert Einstein, and Wolfgang Pauli Walk Into A Bar (Part One)

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Synchronicity is a concept introduced by the Analytical Psychologist Carl Jung in the early 1920s, full extrapolation in the 1950s, which states seemingly random events of one’s life, the “coincidences,” may have meaning even if there is no causality to those events.  Causality meaning it broad terms everything has a cause. Nothing can happening without being cause.  Synchronicity says X,Y,Z happened and it is all related even if it does not seem  to have a connection at all.

This concept is not limited to Psychology. There are parallel theories in Quantum Physics and Mathematics. Chaos Theory, brought into the mainstream partly by the character of Ian Malcolm in Michael Crichton’s Jurassic Park, discusses how there is inherent order in a system of what appears to be complete chaos. Butterfly Effect, besides being a bad movie starring Ashton Kutcher, is an aspect of Chaos Theory. The famous line quoted to sum up the idea, “A Butterfly flaps its wings in China, a rainstorm hits in St. Louis, Missouri.” (Use of St. Louis, Missouri is ambiguous.)

What seems to be a random occurrence somehow affects something else completely unrelated half a world away.

The brain categorizes automatically everyday. It is one of the defense or regulatory mechanisms the mind deploys to use and store data and stimuli without becoming overwhelmed. Finding patterns helps us make sense of the world.  When the brain cannot find a pattern or a reason behind something happening there is a momentary confusion, glitch.

When a person has a slight glitch in the information their brain receives, as to where it comes from or what it might mean, the person chooses to ignore it, writes it off as coincidence, or reads it as a sign from a High Power or Intuition. Most confused moments are not a big enough break in the mundane routine to cause much thought. Some claim the need to find causation or meaning or reasoning behind daily phenomenon is how Deities were created. Regardless, in order for the brain to function and people to continue to work, eat, breath everyday the glitches had to be minimized.

Beyond the divine, paranormal or psychology connectivity our brains need there is physical evidence of actually connectivity outside of our minds.  Ecosystems, civilizations, humans and non humans are connected in many ways. We affect each other, share the same air, water, dirt. Genetically, structurally, chemically all things, living and non, share degrees.

So there is truth to patterns.  There is truth to chaos and order. There is truth in connectivity.

Now, as for the acceptance or belief if Synchronicity the person’s belief systems come into play.

In the next part I will talk about my own experiences which have lead me to believe in Synchronicity. I also believe Synchronicity continues to work in my life to this day.


2 thoughts on “Carl Jung, Albert Einstein, and Wolfgang Pauli Walk Into A Bar (Part One)

  1. If I do not raise these issues, someone else is sure to. Synchonicity, as a demonstrable “force” is absent by any repeatable experiments. Just because we cannot explain something, does not mean “magic” is involved. “Magic” is an event that apparently defies natural law. Magicians have found every weakness in our perceptions to entertain us. People still go to magic shows.

    By nature, we are pattern seekers. We have constellations, we have toast that looks like Jesus. If all actual connected patterns were obvious, we would not have to go through all the posits and theories about reality. As it is, we have used science to weed out coincidence from causation. While quantum particle physics is interesting, its applications are very narrow. They cannot explain why a person is “jinxed” with bad luck from birth, except from bad judgment, and dangerous context. The Greek philosophers tried to use “rational” constructs to explain natural phenomena. Medicine was fraught with misunderstandings and mis-attributions.

    Any time we cannot explain a result, we look for patterns, even if those patterns require “magic” to be true. Our “magical thinking” is anecdotal, and usually ignores all the asynchronous events. We WANT to believe in patterns and connections to explain what we cannot explain. I movie called “What the bleep do we know,” parlays science and unverified assertions into mystical connections. Problem: assertions and examples failed to be true.

    Shared context on a global scale, for a limited amount of time cannot be the cause of identifiable, specific, repeatable events without connections.

    Am I questioning religious faith? No, neither am I explaining it.

    • Agreed. Well written. Though your use of the word magic gives me another topic for a difference post. This post is simply to explain what synchronicity is and how I have come to see it in my life.

      I appreciate your comment.

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