Synchronicity and Emergence


Synchronicity is a word coined by the Swiss psychologist Carl Jung to describe the "temporally coincident occurences of acausal events". Jung also spoke of synchronicity as being an "acausal connecting principle" (ie. a pattern of connection that is not explained by causality). Plainly put, it is the experience of having two (or more) things happen simultaneously in a manner that is meaningful to the person or people experiencing them, where that meaning suggests an underlying pattern. It differs from coincidence in that synchronicity implies not just a happenstance, but an underlying pattern or dynamic that is being expressed through meaningful relationships or events. It was a principle that Jung felt compassed his concepts of archetypes and the collective unconscious, in that it was descriptive of a governing dynamic that underlay the whole of human experience and history—social, emotional, psychological, and spiritual. Jung believed that many experiences perceived as coincidence were due not merely to chance, but instead, suggested the manifestation of parallel events or circumstances reflecting this governing dynamic.

Bell's Theorem

Bell's theorem states: No physical theory of local hidden variables can ever reproduce all of the predictions of quantum mechanics.

This theorem has even been called "the most profound in science" (Stapp, 1975)

Link to Wikipedia entry on Bell's Theorem

Another article on Bell's Theorem



"Emergence seems, at first, to be a relatively simple notion, with associations that remind us of Lloyd Morgan's 'Emergent Evolution' and other philosophies of temporal progress from the inanimate to the animate, or from the unconscioius to the conscious. In truth, it is a subtle and most elusive property of experience that cannot be expressed or described in factual terms. That which 'emerges' is not an improved function nor a higher level of existence, but a more significant sameness."