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11-10-2015, 11:36 AM
Coincidence messes with my mind
The human mind does not easily accept the idea of coincidence. Hubby went up to the mountains on Sept 28 to hunt moose. Meanwhile I was home having to take care of all of mundane stuff by myself. I tend to be uneasy when he is in the mountains by himself and then I was helping a couple of friends out with the drama in their lives (one was having a huge argument with her husband and the other lost her husband to an unexpected accident). So I was missing him and was ready for him to come home.

Sometimes when I wish to impose my will on the universe, I will tell it to do my bidding. (This works, like never Laughat ). So on the morning of Oct 8, I told the universe that it was time hubby got his moose. I was tired of the situation and the universe needed to fix it. I then went to the Smiling Moose deli to meet a friend for lunch. As I got to the parking lot, I got a text that hubby got his moose.

So while I know this is coincidence because there was a high probability of him getting a moose up in the mountains where he was looking for them, having the text come when it did causes that stupid little voice in the back of my mind to go "oooooo" magic voodoo stuff. Evil_monster The rest of my brain is telling it to shut up because it doesn't know what it is talking about. Beat_stick

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11-10-2015, 11:42 AM
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I used to believe in the same thing as a Christian. Coincidences = God's hand in things. Facepalm

One book that I really like is called The Improbability Principle by David J. Hand. It really helped in my transition from woo to reality and viewing naturally occurring coincidences as just that--naturally occurring coincidences--and not God's hand in things.
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11-10-2015, 11:43 AM
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(11-10-2015 11:36 AM)quoin Wrote:  The human mind does not easily accept the idea of coincidence. Hubby went up to the mountains on Sept 28 to hunt moose. Meanwhile I was home having to take care of all of mundane stuff by myself. I tend to be uneasy when he is in the mountains by himself and then I was helping a couple of friends out with the drama in their lives (one was having a huge argument with her husband and the other lost her husband to an unexpected accident). So I was missing him and was ready for him to come home.

Sometimes when I wish to impose my will on the universe, I will tell it to do my bidding. (This works, like never Laughat ). So on the morning of Oct 8, I told the universe that it was time hubby got his moose. I was tired of the situation and the universe needed to fix it. I then went to the Smiling Moose deli to meet a friend for lunch. As I got to the parking lot, I got a text that hubby got his moose.

So while I know this is coincidence because there was a high probability of him getting a moose up in the mountains where he was looking for them, having the text come when it did causes that stupid little voice in the back of my mind to go "oooooo" magic voodoo stuff. Evil_monster The rest of my brain is telling it to shut up because it doesn't know what it is talking about. Beat_stick

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11-10-2015, 11:45 AM
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“Anything that happens, happens.

Anything that, in happening, causes something else to happen, causes something else to happen.

Anything that, in happening, causes itself to happen again, happens again.

It doesn’t necessarily do it in chronological order, though.”

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11-10-2015, 12:20 PM
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The butterfly effect has always made a lot more sense to me than the idea of god or magic voodoo. It was what finally made me stop trying to believe in the idea of god that my mother's church tried to convince me existed.

But it is always interesting to observe my own mind do its own little evolutionary attempt to create patterns where none exist.

But little stupid voice says: Don't forget, we were at the Smiling Moose deli when I got the text. Has to be something there. Has to be.

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11-10-2015, 12:23 PM
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(11-10-2015 12:20 PM)quoin Wrote:  The butterfly effect has always made a lot more sense to me than the idea of god or magic voodoo. It was what finally made me stop trying to believe in the idea of god that my mother's church tried to convince me existed.

But it is always interesting to observe my own mind do its own little evolutionary attempt to create patterns where none exist.

But little stupid voice says: Don't forget, we were at the Smiling Moose deli when I got the text. Has to be something there. Has to be.

Bet the moose he shot wasn't smiling...so there's that. Tongue

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11-10-2015, 12:34 PM
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Would he have gotten the moose that day if you hadn't wished for it?
Weren't you wishing for it prior to it actually happening?
The idea that you made the wish in the first place is setting you up for something that seems more than a coincidence.
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11-10-2015, 12:34 PM
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(11-10-2015 11:36 AM)quoin Wrote:  The rest of my brain is telling it to shut up because it doesn't know what it is talking about. Beat_stick

I get that all the time. Thumbsup

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11-10-2015, 01:32 PM
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Coincidences can be a real mind fuck. But remember that it's very easy for the gambler's fallacy to take hold. In other words, you flip a coin over and over, and if it doesn't land on the side you want, the next time you flip it, it's more likely to show up on the side you want. In all reality, the chances are still 50/50 that it'll land on either. The chances do not become greater just because it is done over and over.

Same thing with coincidences. There are 7 billion people on this planet, and the chances of xyz happening are small, but still, things happen and statistically someone is bound for coincidence xyz to happen to them, despite the chances. Though we humans are pretty much programmed to see patterns, so it's easy to piece things together in your head and go, "Well this is all part of something."

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11-10-2015, 01:35 PM
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(11-10-2015 12:20 PM)quoin Wrote:  The butterfly effect has always made a lot more sense to me than the idea of god or magic voodoo. It was what finally made me stop trying to believe in the idea of god that my mother's church tried to convince me existed.

But it is always interesting to observe my own mind do its own little evolutionary attempt to create patterns where none exist.

But little stupid voice says: Don't forget, we were at the Smiling Moose deli when I got the text. Has to be something there. Has to be.

That's why I like Hand's book. He's a statistician and developed several "laws" as to why the improbable happens and will keep happening and how improbable events or coincidences really aren't that improbable at all (if that makes any sense lol) Big Grin

Here's his website with "laws" if anyone is interested:

http://improbability-principle.com/the-l...principle/
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