Concidence, Synchronicity — or Telepathy?
When he answered, the first thing he said was, “Did you get my text?” I hadn’t gotten a text message from him — but within 30 seconds before my call, he’d texted me to say that this particular blog post was up!
Is this merely a coincidence? According to Webster’s dictionary, a coincidence is “an accidental and remarkable occurrence of events, ideas, etc. at the same time…”.
Well, okay, it’s definitely remarkable, but is it accidental?
Is it more? Is it a synchronicity?
According to Wikipedia, “The idea of synchronicity is that the conceptual relationship of minds, defined as the relationship between ideas, is intricately structured in its own logical way and gives rise to relationships that are not causal in nature. These relationships can manifest themselves as simultaneous occurrences that are meaningfully related.”
Maybe, maybe not.
Is it telepathy?
My definition of telepathy is mind to mind communication, unmediated by physical world communication. That is, if we had already spoken and planned to contact each other when the blog post came out, it wouldn’t be telepathy. If we looked at each other, shared a meaningful glance, and said, “I just saw this post”, it wouldn’t be telepathy. But since we were miles apart, and had no communication before the almost simultaneous communication, it could be.
So which is it? My vote is for telepathy. Maybe telepathy explains this particular synchronicity and what others might call a coincidence.