- The Elephant, the Statisticians and the Faithful January 11, 2015
David Spiegelhalter of Cambridge University and David Hand of the Imperial College of London are among several statisticians who believe that they have solved the coincidence problem. Probabilities! Any event that can happen will happen given a large number of instances. If a coin is flipped an infinite number of times, there will sometime ... Read more »
- The Timely Old Friend January 8, 2015
Erica Kosal desperately needed help. She wrote her story in Lois W. Stern’s Tales2Inspire: The Emerald Collection, one of several books in this growing series. Erica’s very ill husband was incapacitated by Lyme disease. She was trying to balance caring for him and their two young children with working as a professor at a ... Read more »
- The Goddess of Wealth January 5, 2015
In this video clip Mike Myers is entering the office of Deepak Chopra when he spots a card pasted to the wall. Surprised, Mike pulls out a deck of Indian god cards. The one of top is the same card as the one on the wall—the Goddess of Wealth. On his way out ... Read more »
- The Four Meanings in Meaningful Coincidences January 2, 2015
I have long been perplexed by the various meanings of meaning in coincidences. A book published in 1923 (and still in press) called the “Meaning of Meaning” only heightened my curiosity. Meaning and its related words have many meanings. For example, mean can mean “average” or “nasty”.Read more »
- Where’s Aussie? December 29, 2014
While vacationing in Florida, a woman received word from her dog sitter that during an ice storm fallen trees had broken the fence in their backyard. Her dog Aussie had run away through the broken fence. By now Aussie, an Australian Cattle Dog-Pit Bull mix, had been gone for two nights of very cold ... Read more »
- Pilots Reunited December 21, 2014
John Leahr, a proud fighter pilot of the Tuskegee Airmen, had escorted Herb Heilbrun’s B-17 in bombing missions in Europe during 1944. B-17s were big, clumsy, and slow–easy targets for enemy aircraft. Herb knew he owed his life to the shepherding fighter pilots. But John and Herb had never met. Fifty years later Herb ... Read more »
- The Simultaneous Deaths of Thomas Jefferson and John Adams December 19, 2014
On July 4, 1826 the last surviving signers of the Declaration of Independence died. Adams was 90 and Jefferson was 82. As he lay dying, Adams was supposed to have said, “Jefferson lives.” He was wrong. Jefferson had died 5 hours earlier. Adams was the second president of the United States and Jefferson, the third. ... Read more »
- The Guy Next Door December 18, 2014
A professor of Italian I knew had an apartment in Milan. He loved it! He would spend his sabbaticals there doing research and immersing himself in the culture he loved. One problem: The man in the apartment next to him was obnoxious to him and to the other neighbors. The professor disliked him. And ... Read more »
- Simultaneous discovery—Google and Stanford December 16, 2014
Great discoveries commonly occur in pairs.
Pattern recognition by machines has long been inferior to the human brain. In 2012 it took an army of 16,000 computer processers to be able to recognize a cat.
On Monday November 17, 2014, Stanford’s Computer Vision Lab and Google Brain separately ... Read more »
- Carmen’s Dance December 10, 2014
Luck is when opportunity meets preparation.
In 2009 because of her excellent academic performance Carmen was one of two students selected to attend a national conference at her Costa Rica medical school. A problem arose. The translator for the American presenter, then chair of psychiatry at the University of Virginia, had ... Read more »
- Finding my Friend, Again, Somehow December 8, 2014
We have the ability to find our way to people without knowing how we do it.
A few years ago Jane Clifford spent a month with the Bedouin in the Sinai Peninsula. She told us what happened:
“My intuition kept giving me the message that I was to go to ... Read more »
- Life is but a dream December 5, 2014
Like dreams, meaningful coincidences can be hard to remember. So write them down! Josh Hotchkin wrote recently to the Coincider Website: “Synchronicity and coincidence have been hugely influential to my intellectual and spiritual growth. I encounter synchronicities quite often, and often multifaceted synchronicities with several degrees of complexity. Synchronicity has inspired my ... Read more »
- Getting Around Munich December 3, 2014
This “things-don’t-work-out-but-they-do” story was shared with the Coincider Website.
“In 2010 I was at the end of a driving trip round Europe and was in Salzburg and decided that rather than drive straight back to England I would make a detour to Munich to look up a friend I hadn’t ... Read more »
- Just Joshing Around December 2, 2014
Josh Hotchkins shared this remarkable series of coincidences with the Coincider Website.
“One summer day between the first and second grade I went to my school playground to use the equipment and see what the other neighborhood kids were doing. On this day there were some kids who did not go to ... Read more »
- To be or Origami December 1, 2014
In the movie Bee Season (2005) 12 yo Eliza is being prepped by her father played by Richard Gere for the national Spelling Bee Championship. The last practice word he gave her was “origami”. She survived to the final word to be spelled. If she got it right, she would be national champion. ... Read more »