Authors of the Impossible


20 November 2009

Synchronicity

If you watched our clip of Doug Moench and his terrifying synchronicity, you may be wondering what the heck a "synchronicity" is. The term was coined by the depth psychologist C. G. Jung to refer to an "acausal connecting principle." Basically, what Jung meant by this was an event in a person's life that is not ordered by cause and matter, but by purpose and meaning. Put a bit differently, a synchronicity is a moment in a person's life when the world behaves very much like a living text or novel (hence Doug's story, which literally enacts this weird truth). Earlier cultures spoke of "omens" and "magic," magic being the general principle that a mental event can have a material effect in the world, that a "subject" can affect "objects." None of this, of course, is "rational," that is, it makes no sense with the material, causal principles of modern science (although Jung believed that it ultimately would--he forged the concept of synchronicity in conversation with Wolfgang Pauli, one of the pioneering giants of quantum physics who had the odd habit of frizzing out equipment in laboratories when he showed up, or was simply in town). Scientific or no, rational or no, these things happen all the time, and it appears very much like we are somehow involved in "authoring" them. Hence our movie.

2 Comments:

Blogger Trish and Rob MacGregor said...

Intrigued.Where is the clip? We have a blog on synchronicity and are very much interested in the clip.

Thanks -
rish MacGregor
www.ofscarabs.blogspot.com

November 20, 2009 at 8:59 PM
Blogger Trish and Rob MacGregor said...

Wow. I just watched the clip.This is a powerful example of synchronicity connected to creativity.

Our book on the topic will be published in August 2010. We would love to link your site and this clip to our blog.

Best,
Trish MacGregor
www.ofscarabs.blogspot.com

November 20, 2009 at 9:07 PM

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