Are Coincidences Just Chance Or Are They Something More?

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Are Coincidences Just Chance Or Are They Something More?

Postby Snozzle » Sat Jan 23, 2010 5:26 pm

Coincidences happen to most people. Simple ones are such as when the phone rings while you are thinking about that person.

Sometimes though coincidences happen where the odds against them happening are immense. Like my father's watch stopping at the time my son was born, and many more besides.

So do coincidences happen purely by chance or is there a more meaniningful explanation?

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Re: Are Coincidences Just Chance Or Are They Something More?

Postby Egaladeist » Sat Jan 23, 2010 11:54 pm

Well, it happens...I can remembver thinkng I haven't heard that song in ages and then it comes on the radio, or I haven't seen that movie in ages and then it comes on TV within days...

the last time was with the movie Screamers...I thought about it and the next week it was on TV.

Why it happens, or if it's just a coincidence I have no idea.
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Re: Are Coincidences Just Chance Or Are They Something More?

Postby rapier57 » Sun Jan 24, 2010 6:37 am

Coincidence:

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/coincidence
–noun
1. a striking occurrence of two or more events at one time apparently by mere chance: Our meeting in Venice was pure coincidence.
2. the condition or fact of coinciding.
3. an instance of this.
Origin:
1595–1605; coincid(ent) + -ence

Synonyms:
1. accident, luck, fate.


Yer begging the question. If you want to talk about predestination, fore-ordination, divine intervention, or karma, state it plainly. Don't try to put more into a term than it actually holds.
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Re: Are Coincidences Just Chance Or Are They Something More?

Postby Aspman » Mon Jan 25, 2010 11:42 am

Probability.

Just because a thing is one in a billion that doesn't mean it won't happen.
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Re: Are Coincidences Just Chance Or Are They Something More?

Postby keezel » Tue Jan 26, 2010 1:36 am

IMO the human mind is prone to search for patterns and meaning.
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