syncrhonicity defn

Perhaps today more than ever, synchronicity matters. [betting on the sync]

Perhaps until we jumpstart/placebo us back to us, we need to focus on a synchronicity of things that matter.. just until we start believing in us, in learning, in curiosity.. in our serendip… [again/ever]

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graphic why how what


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And a challenge I see with new digital services such as Google Maps, geo tagging and peer recommendations, is that these technologies remove serendipity. They make it harder to get lost and encounter something or someone you were not meant to encounter.


Maria Popova (@brainpicker) tweeted at 6:02 AM – 9 Mar 2017 :

Atom, archetype, and the invention of synchronicity – how Carl Jung and Wolfgang Pauli bridged mind and matter (

thru dual lens of physics and psychology. Each used the tools of his expertise to shift the shoreline between the known and the unknown, and together they found common ground in the analogy between the atom, with its nucleus and orbiting electrons, and the self, with its central conscious ego and its ambient unconscious.


Precisely because the psychic and the physical are mutually dependent it has often been conjectured that they may be identical somewhere beyond our present experience


derived from a constant contact with the field of creative processes, for which no rational formulation as yet exists.


the central structure of the collective unconscious cannot be fixed locally but is an ubiquitous existence identical to itself; it must not be seen in spatial terms and consequently, when projected onto space, is to be found everywhere in that space. I even have the feeling that this peculiarity applies to time as well as space… A biological analogy would be the functional structure of a termite colony, possessing only unconscious performing organs, whereas the center, to which all the functions of the parts are related, is invisible and not empirically demonstrable.


consciousness does not grow out of any activity that is inherent to it; rather, it is constantly being produced by an energy that comes from the depths of the unconscious and has thus been depicted in the form of rays since time immemorial.


The center, or the nucleus, has always been for me a symbol of the totality of the psychic, as the conscious plus the unconscious, the center of which does not coincide with the ego as the center of consciousness, and consequently has always been perceived as being external.


I have come to accept the existence of deeper spiritual layers that cannot be adequately defined by the conventional concept of time.


should there not be enough room for all those oddities that ultimately rob the distinction between “physics” and “psyche” of all its meaning…?


The idea of meaningful coincidence — i.e., simultaneous events not causally connected — was expressed very clearly by Schopenhauer in his essay “On the Apparent Design in the Fate of the Individual.”


we have now acknowledged..physical events cannot be followed in causal chains through time and space. Thus, the readiness to adopt the idea on which your work is based, that of the “meaning as an ordering factor,” is probably considerably greater among physicists than it was in Schopenhauer’s day.


1950, Pauli — who preferred the term “meaning-correspondence” over “synchronicity” as a way of placing greater emphasis on the meaning of events than on their simultanei


pauli diagrams concepts discussed:

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Synchronicity could be understood as an ordering system by means of which “similar” things coincide, without there being any apparent cause.


Modern physics, having advanced into another world beyond conceivability, cannot dispense with the concept of a space-time continuum. Insofar as psychology penetrates into the unconscious, it probably has no alternative but to acknowledge the “indistinctness” or the impossibility of distinguishing between time and space, as well as their psychic relativity. ..Another (incommensurable) approach that does the same thing in a different way is synchronicity. Both are identical in the higher sense of the term “connection” or “attachment.” But on the empirical and practical level (i.e., in the real world), they are incommensurable and antithetical, like space and time.


I would now like to propose that instead of “causality” we have “(relatively) constant connection through effect,” and instead of synchronicity we have (relatively) *constant connection through contingency, equivalence, or “meaning.”

*inconstant on chart

jung variation on pauli sync diagram:

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Synchronicity should be defined in a narrower sense so as to comprise effects that only appear when there is a small number of individual cases but disappear when there is a larger number… In quantum physics, there are not just effects that appear with large numbers instead of with small ones, and not only is the term “meaning” not the right one here (which you have written about at great length) but also the concept of the (psychic or psychoid) archetype cannot be used so lightly in the acausalities of microphysics.

ginorm small/jo freemanness


It means a lot to me to see how our points of view are getting closer, for if you feel isolated from your contemporaries when grappling with the unconscious, it is also the same with me, in fact more so, since I am actually standing in the isolated area, striving somehow to bridge the gap that separates me from the others. After all, it is no pleasure for me always to be regarded as esoteric. Oddly enough, the problem is still the same 2,000-year-old one: How does one get from Three to Four?


Complement it with Jung on human nature

We need more understanding of human nature, because the only danger that exists is man himself — he is the great danger, and we are pitifully unaware of it. We know nothing of man — far too little.

Man cannot stand a meaningless life.

human nature

everyone in sync law