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Coincidence: a Matter of Chance - or Synchronicity? Hardcover – Import, 1990

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  • Hardcover: 266 pages
  • Publisher: Hutchinson; 1St Edition edition (1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091741602
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091741600
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces
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Coincidence: A matter of chance – or synchronicity? by Brian Inglis, Hutchinson (Random House), 1990, 222 ff.

Coincidence or synchronicity remains one of the many great puzzles of science related to the concept of time. It was Swiss psychologist C.G. Jung who defined synchronicity as the occurrence at the same time of two (or more) meaningful events that are not causally connected. If the outcome for the participants is a happy one, we call it serendipity. But there are many people – both scientists and those of deep spiritual faith – who maintain that there is no such thing as coincidence: that two such ‘coincidental’ events are merely an example of simultaneity brought about by the laws of physics or purposefully by God. In making sense of the world we instinctively make use of the concept of causality – the idea that every event that occurs must have another that preceded it which was its cause. But we frequently find meaningful coincidences occurring that are not causally related. These are what this book is all about.

The whole concept is tied up with notions of luck, fate or karma, and psychic phenomena such as dowsing, telepathy and precognition, all of which provide some instances here. The question is: Are these significant occurrences within the range of statistical probability (chance), or do they signify something more? In some cases, further investigation reveals causes that were hidden before. But we must be cautious in applying the methods of statistics indiscriminately – ‘a warning against chance being invoked to explain any and every sequence of coincidences’. The probability of anyone winning the lottery is many millions to one.
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