Hello, first thread here. Now, I know some of you people think synchronicity is total bull**** and some of you think it's God speaking to you, but
this thread isn't exactly about that. Say what you might, some people do claim to experience this and I am interested in that.
So, my idea is we conduct an experiment. We gather up all the fellow ATSers, willing to participate, who do experience synchronicity and we create a
database, which we keep updating for an extended period of time. After that - we analyze the data and see if any interesting patterns occur.
Now.. first of all, synchronicity has a broader definition than what is most relevant to this thread. For the purposes of the statistical part of
this experiment, only numerical synchronicity will be considered, i.e. randomly catching the time at 11:11 or 22:22, 12:34. Getting up at 4:44 in the
morning, traveling on highway 44 to go to your uncle's house at 44 Johnson Street. That kind of thing.
Now here's how it goes. Participants can be anonymous if they wish, in fact it's better to be anonymous so we can get the peer pressure factor out
and get the individual stories in full craziness, when such would be otherwise filtered (not that many people refrain from sounding crazy here, but
none the less.. someone might consider they have a reputation to lose here or some bull**** like that).
Participants will simply observe their synchronicity and write down how often it happens. Also, several other variables should be gathered - my
personal suggestions include: where were the numbers seen (clock, number of viagra spam you got on your e-mail per day?), how often did you meditate*
(if at all), were there any particular subject(s) on your mind at the time when synchronicity was intense, any other observation perceived as relevant
Now, I think we should gather plenty of data before any analysis begins, say... 2 months? Besides, participants will not have to put much effort at
all. My idea is just to keep a text file on your computer or sheet of paper where you write down how many times you saw the same numbers, what numbers
and where. It would be useful to write this data on a daily basis or at least every other day. If laziness is suspected to be too much of a trouble,
there should be AT LEAST week-for-week dating. As in: week 1 since beginning, week 2, etc.. This should be done so we can measure if people got
significantly more synchronicity in a specific day or week. This is the essential information needed, personal reflections and so on are optional.
As for the analysis. From the data gathered, statistical analysis should be done to see what numbers are most often seen at what times, etc, etc..
But I also think we shouldn't cling to the scientific method all-around. I'm sure plenty of people, including myself would be equally interested in
hearing subjective observations and self-reflections during the experiment - Were you looking at the clock all the time or not? Were you thinking
about the synchronicity itself? Did you feel any different when there was a period of intense synchronicity? What other observations and
self-reflections can you make in relation to the intensity of perceived synchronicity? Do you feel there is meaning to it or not (if yes - what/why)?
When did your first start experiencing synchronicity, if you can remember?
All of this data will be written down by the participant in a form, the structure and content of which should be discussed in this thread to get the
best form possible. Then it is submitted, hosted online so it is available to everybody and analysis starts.
Now.. this would make things much more interesting, but I fear the number of potential participants might drop significantly, if the following is
included: personality tests, IQ tests, any other interesting tests. Do ENTJs have more synchronicity than ISFJs? Do ENTJs see 2:22 most of the time,
while the ISFJs see 5:55? Of course, if such tests are incorporated the experiment will definitely have to be completely anonymous. Feedback of the
thread should suggest if such tests would be incorporated or not.
Hope I didn't waste my time here
Also, * relates to my personal experience..
So.. let's start at the beginning:
Is anyone up for such an experiment at all?
I await questions and comments.