About 23 TaraStreet posted:1/24/2012 1:10:36 PM So it is with 23. This is about the synchronicity number 23, and thus about the phenomena of synchronicity in general. To write about this topic objectively is impossible, as all experiences are necessarily subjective, involving as they do the element of consciousness, which cannot be instrumented. This is perhaps a study in the affirmation that any assertion of an objective observer is inherently impossible, and yet at the same time there is a deeply imbedded pattern of coherency in all that we regard as random. Randomness itself is nothing more than a pattern of deeply imbedded complexity of order; an order so complex it is not immediately discernible or obvious. Indeed the often heard rational defense, "that was just a coincidence," is itself an acknowledgment that we have just discerned a pattern, but because there is no immediately obvious path of mechanistic causation behind it, we are consciously choosing to refuse to acknowledge the primary data. If we do this enough, of course we will never discern any deeper pattern of meaning. Yet, if we instead allow the content of such experiences to be observed often enough, the pattern may become so overwhelming that we cannot ignore it, and must attempt to formulate some new models of the nature of reality. When these experiences involve time, number and symmetry, I find the coherence of the pattern is more easily documented. Ironically, it may be through the language of numbers, which in recent centuries has been reserved as the exclusive domain of math and science in pursuit of the triumph of mechanistic rationalism, which may ultimately bring about its downfall. So it is with 23.Ars Mysteriorum posted:1/26/2012 2:08:42 AM Not random. It's quite arbitrary.spiritech0 posted:1/26/2012 10:32:51 AM Are Earth days still exactly 24 hours? Because there's no magic to surviving a 23rd birthday, or using it as a company name, or on sports jerseys, or the stock market, or weight measurement, or speed, at least. Now, let's argue about the notions of chaos, anarchy, disorder, and the arcs of solar flares. Okay, no arguing. Howzabout a consideration of the lie of popular mathematics? No? Fine. I have some catching up to do with Season 2 of "Numb3rs"...TaraStreet posted:1/26/2012 12:06:50 PM In Reply To:Ars Mysteriorum posted:1/26/2012 2:08:42 AM Not random. It's quite arbitrary.I LOLed, literally, Ars Please log in or become a member to add a post.