Synchronicity is a fascinating subject. Firstly, we can dismiss it as pure coincidence, as mere projections from minds that are, by their nature, pattern recognisers. This is the standard way of looking at all coincidences, from the perspective of modern science. The second way to look at synchronicity is to assume that the coincidences emerge from an intelligent cosmos, or intelligent agents of the cosmos. In this sense synchronicity implies that the universe is playful, and has an inbuilt directionality. It suggests that there is an intelligence(s) which "wants" us to move in a certain direction.
Two weeks ago I gave a talk at the Hong Kong TEDx gathering at the HK Polytechnic University. My talk was called "Cosmos, Psyche and Our Brilliant Futures". In my allotted eighteen minutes I made an argument for an intelligent cosmos, and predicted that soon the mechanistic paradigm that still dominates much of modern science will be replaced by the metaphor of an organic universe. Machines are unconscious, while organisms have intelligence and intention.
Part of my talk was about synchronicity and how it indicates just such an organic universe - where consciousness is a central component, not just an accidental bi-product. Fascinatingly, there was an intriguing synchronicity which occurred in regard to my talk. The Polytechnic Uni offered me the services of a student assistant, and her job was to make my slides as attractive and readable as possible. Part of my presentation was looking at the way that modern education and learning destroy certain natural abilities, and I used Charles Darwin as an example. Here's the slide I put up for this particular part of the speech.
To go with this slide, the preceding slide was an image of Darwin. Below is my original slide, which I gave to my assistant.
However, when my assistant returned my PP file to me with the adjusted slides, my Darwin slide looked like the one below.
Darwin really had lost half his head! Later I was speaking to my assistant, and I said it was a clever idea. However she then confesed that it was all a mistake, and she hadn't realised the slide had come out this way! I ended up leaving the slide exactly this way for my presentation, and using it as a great example of synchronicity.
The video of the talk should be posted here in a couple of weeks.
By the way, if you are interested in the subject of synchronicity, you will love Rob and Trish Macgregor's synchrosecrets blog.