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Steve April

4/10/2010 10:40:16 PM ---- Updated 4/15/2010 12:29:58 AM

ESP, Psychic Connections, Synchronicities
Anyone want to share their ESP experiences, or psychic connections.

Possibly musicians/artists may have a broader channel for exceptional frequencies.

I dunno...

The astral plane, a matter of frequencies...???..

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Steve April

4/11/2010 3:17:16 PM ---- Updated 4/11/2010 3:19:59 PM

maybe form a kind of scrapbook here, if that's ok...(freeman dyson's a well known physicist and he's open to bridging physics and ESP.)

Dyson On The Paranormal or Expect A Miracle
July 14, 2004 7:55 AM Subscribe
Expect a miracle?Freeman Dyson on Littlewood's Law of Miracles: "...the total number of events that happen to us is about thirty thousand per day, or about a million per month. ...The chance of a miracle is about one per million events. Therefore we should expect about one miracle to happen, on the average, every month." From his review of book debunking the paranormal (whose views he isn't entirely willing to accept). Via Marginal Revolution
posted by Jos Bleau (33 comments total)

There's no way to really resolve this debate :

Even through this sort of hardheaded empirical analysis, because those who do believe in the miraculous will point out that "miracles" which they experience are often highly significant by way of their placement in time, within the overall context our lives, and sometimes through their relationship to the meaning of our lives (sometimes at a very deep level, the level of symbolism). "Miracles" can come serendipitously, at times of desperate need - and so are seen as quintessentially miraculous.

Well (as Dyson might well counter) our human brains have evolved to search for patterns. We see them everywhere. We are constructed to look for patterns and meanings even where none exist.

Some people seem never to experience these sorts of coincidences or "miracles" - or perhaps they simply don't notice them.

Dyson is more sympathetic to the paranormal than you may realize -

"I claim that paranormal phenomena may really exist but may not be accessible to scientific investigation. This is a hypothesis. I am not saying that it is true, only that it is tenable, and to my mind plausible.

I am suggesting that paranormal mental abilities and scientific method may be complementary. The word "complementary" is a technical term introduced into physics by Niels Bohr. It means that two descriptions of nature may both be valid but cannot be observed simultaneously. The classic example of complementarity is the dual nature of light. In one experiment light is seen to behave as a continuous wave, in another experiment it behaves as a swarm of particles, but we cannot see the wave and the particles in the same experiment. Complementarity in physics is an established fact. The extension of the idea of complementarity to mental phenomena is pure speculation. But I find it plausible that a world of mental phenomena should exist, too fluid and evanescent to be grasped with the cumbersome tools of science."

freeman dyson's a wellknown theoretical physicist, with an interest in ESP.

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Bryon Tosoff

4/11/2010 6:57:40 PM ---- Updated 4/11/2010 7:07:51 PM

I have had dreams come true.one particular event that stands out. dont know if that is ESP....but believe there are connective energy conduits of sorts whom we have a relationship with. or even elements of things that may be unworldly strange or perhaps it could be called being intuitive

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4/11/2010 10:31:11 PM

How would being that intuitive not be using ESP? What's the definition?

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Kevin White

4/11/2010 10:42:28 PM

I find Psychic and Psycho to be very close in spelling.

In real life, it's much more loose.

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Lars Mars

4/12/2010 1:36:08 PM

Hey Steve.

I don't know anything at all about ESP, but your quotes of Freeman Dyson reminded me of the Dyson Sphere. It was I think the inspiration for Larry Niven's Ringworld Series (great sci-fi classics). According to Dyson, the ringworld concept is impossible and I remember thinking of the problems when I read them, but it was excellent sci-fi anyway. Niven carried it one step farther in the Integral Trees novel, which was a naturally occuring atmospheric gas torus around a star into which had grown these enormous trees capable of sustaining life. Another great book.

So for those unfamiliar with Dyson's thought experiments regarding rearranging the mass of a solar system to sustain enormous populations, here's a start:

Dyson Sphere


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Steve April

4/12/2010 3:16:57 PM ---- Updated 4/12/2010 3:39:45 PM

Littlewoods's 'Law Of Miracles'

Littlewood defines a miracle as an exceptional event of special significance occurring at a frequency of one in a million. He assumes that during the hours in which a human is awake and alert, a human will experience one event per second, which may be either exceptional or unexceptional (for instance, seeing the computer screen, the keyboard, the mouse, the article, etc.). Additionally, Littlewood supposes that a human is alert for about eight hours per day.

As a result, a human will, in 35 days, have experienced, under these suppositions, 1,008,000 events. Accepting this definition of a miracle, one can be expected to observe one miraculous occurrence within the passing of every 35 consecutive days – and therefore, according to this reasoning, seemingly miraculous events are actually commonplace.

(dyson ackowledges "littlewood's law" may be a factor, however, also synchronicity at play. )


Synchronicity is the experience of two or more events that are apparently causally unrelated occurring together in a meaningful manner. To count as synchronicity, the events should be unlikely to occur together by chance.

The concept does not question, or compete with, the notion of causality. Instead, it maintains that just as events may be grouped by cause, they may also be grouped by their meaning. Since meaning is a complex mental construction, subject to conscious and subconscious influence, not every correlation in the grouping of events by meaning needs to have an explanation in terms of cause and effect.

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.

Synchronistic events reveal an underlying pattern, a conceptual framework that encompasses, but is larger than, any of the systems that display the synchronicity. The suggestion of a larger framework is essential to satisfy the definition of synchronicity as originally developed by Swiss psychologist Carl Gustav Jung.[1]

Jung coined the word to describe what he called "temporally coincident occurrences of acausal events." Jung variously described synchronicity as an "acausal connecting principle", "meaningful coincidence" and "acausal parallelism". Jung introduced the concept as early as the 1920s but only gave a full statement of it in 1951 in an Eranos lecture[2] and in 1952, published a paper, Synchronicity — An Acausal Connecting Principle, in a volume with a related study by the physicist (and Nobel laureate) Wolfgang Pauli.[3]

It was a principle that Jung felt gave conclusive evidence for his concepts of archetypes and the collective unconscious,[4] in that it was descriptive of a governing dynamic that underlies the whole of human experience and history—social, emotional, psychological, and spiritual. Concurrent events that first appear to be coincidental but later turn out to be causally related are termed incoincident.

Jung believed that many experiences that are coincidences due to chance in terms of causality suggested the manifestation of parallel events or circumstances in terms of meaning, reflecting this governing dynamic.[5]

One of Jung's favourite quotes on synchronicity was from Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll, in which the White Queen says to Alice: "It's a poor sort of memory that only works backwards".[6][7]

In his book Synchronicity (1952), Jung tells the following story as an example of a synchronistic event: "A young woman I was treating had, at a critical moment, a dream in which she was given a golden scarab. While she was telling me this dream, I sat with my back to the closed window. Suddenly I heard a noise behind me, like a gentle tapping. I turned round and saw a flying insect knocking against the window-pane from the outside. I opened the window and caught the creature in the air as it flew in. It was the nearest analogy to a golden scarab one finds in our latitudes, a scarabaeid beetle, the common rose-chafer (Cetonia aurata), which, contrary to its usual habits had evidently felt the urge to get into a dark room at this particular moment. I must admit that nothing like it ever happened to me before or since." [9]

The wardrobe department for The Wizard of Oz unknowingly purchased a coat for character Professor Marvel from a second-hand store, which was later verified to have originally been owned by L. Frank Baum, the author of the novel on which the film was based.[10]

The comic strip character Dennis The Menace featuring a young boy in a red and black striped shirt debuted on March 12, 1951 in 16 newspapers in the United States. Three days later in the UK a character called Dennis The Menace, wearing a red and black striped jumper made his debut in children's comic The Beano. Both creators have denied any causal connection.

Fourteen years prior to the sinking of the Titanic, the writer Morgan Robertson wrote the novel Futility, the central event of which is the sinking by a collision with an iceberg of the transatlantic Titan, described in the novel as allegedly unsinkable. Some of the circumstances in the novel match the actual disaster to an uncanny degree, including the number of passengers, the insufficient number of lifeboats, the name and size of the ship, the exact site of the incident, and the speed of the ship at the time of the collision. The correspondences have been noticed and the novel republished in the year following the actual disaster under the name The Wreck of the Titan.[11]

Jung wrote, after describing some examples, "When coincidences pile up in this way, one cannot help being impressed by them—for the greater the number of terms in such a series, or the more unusual its character, the more improbable it becomes."[12]

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Lars Mars

4/13/2010 8:26:04 AM

And of course I know even less about synchronicity or serendipity, but I neglected to mention Freeman Dyson's most significant contribution (50% anyway):

Esther Dyson

A most fascinating woman. Brilliant, entertaining and always charming.

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The Man With No Band

4/13/2010 6:36:27 PM

Closed minds are unnatural ... How can one look at his/her own ability to exist, breathe, feel .... look at the wondrous things around oneself in nature .... and still close their minds to that which they do not comprehend ?

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Tom O'Brien

4/13/2010 8:40:16 PM

Steve, some very thoughtful writing. My partner claims to be "an intuitive" who has insights into many things otherwise unknowable. She regularly does readings for people and tells in great detail about future events. I would love to live in a world that has room for this kind of knowledge, but my 47 years of experience on the planet have not given me one supernatural experience. I love coincidences - they are sometimes enough to send chills up my spine - but I don't see them as anything other than coincidences. My beloved thinks I'm un-evolved and narrow minded in this. I do feel we are all connected in some way and I allow that maybe psychic connections exist. But I tend to be a rational man. That being said, there are so many things about the universe that can't be explained rationally. Everything is a miracle. But I am also a doubting Thomas, and until I have a psychic experience for myself, I'm going to continue to interpret these things as coincidences, lucky guesses, and wishful thinking. I WANT TO BELIEVE. But I just don't.

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4/13/2010 9:24:24 PM

Hi Steve

in a word---"Synchronicity "

IMO we are all capable of following threads in our lives that pop up and would lead us to where we can enjoy success in our endeavours
The problem is----by the time we have been socialised (at kindy, School, Uni, Work etc etc we have had our "intuition" well and truly pummelled out of shape, so we are incapable of telling which path we should follow

learn to "Breathe" it helps!

my 2 cents


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Steve April

4/14/2010 1:21:47 AM ---- Updated 4/14/2010 1:54:25 AM

Tom, well said, many intelligent, creative persons would fall into your camp.

Silverdood, we are "society's child" to a degree.

here's an except from michio kaku's "hyperspace."

"I remember that my parents would sometimes take me to the famous japanese tea garden in san francisco. One of my happiest childhood memories is crouching next to the pond, mesmerized by the brilliantly colored carp swimming slowly beneath the water lilies.

Living their entire lives in the shallow pond, the carp would believe that their "universe" consisted of the murky waters and the lilies. Spending most of their time foraging on the bottom of the pond, they would be only dimly aware that an alien world could exist above the surface.

I once imagined that there may be carp "scientists" living among the fish. They would, I thought, scoff at any fish who proposed that a parallel world could exist just above the lillies. To a carp "scientist," the only things that were real were what the fish could see or touch. The pond was everything. An unseen world beyond the pond made no scientific sense...

Once I imagined what would happen if I reached down and lifted one of the carp "scientists" out of the pond. Before I threw him back, he might wriggle furiously as I examined him. I wondered how this would appear to the rest of the carp. To them, it would be a truly unsettling event. They would first notice that one of their scientists had disappeared from their "universe." Simply vanished, without leaving a trace. Wherever they would look, there would be no evidence of the missing carp in their universe. Then seconds later, when i threw him back into the pond, the "scientist" would abruptly reappear out of nowhere. To the other carp, it would appear that a miracle had happened..."

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Steve April

4/14/2010 4:23:47 PM ---- Updated 4/14/2010 4:25:38 PM

Von L.’s ‘beasties’
von leeuwenhoek, discoverer of microbes,
inventor of the microscope

A cycle of parch and nourishment,
Day and night, as unknown worlds collide,
On our teeth, our skin, and in our bloodstream,
The known and the unknown, one-and-the-same;

Soothed by his daughter Maria, who cooked and sewed
And cleaned up after this absent-minded
Janitor, as he pursued his studies,
Followed his ‘little beasties,’ up his nose or

In the milk-pail, the rain-bucket, the stove;
Surely the Maker-of-the-Great-All had
A purpose, and each ‘culture’ had a place;
And he was Columbus of the minute.

His lenses focussed the sun, the source of
All-Goodness, with stoic humility.

(I was fishin' around for follow ups, and stumbled on a file of poems about scientists and their trials and tribulations, I embarked on years ago.)

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Bryon Tosoff

4/14/2010 4:38:22 PM

interesting stuff Steve.....

write down you dreams. now there is something I should have started years ago.who knows what lurks in your dreams
my mom did a journal of that, for 60 years , plus her daily life...thousands of pages of writings

not that this has anything to do with ESP etc

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Steve April

4/15/2010 12:01:26 AM ---- Updated 4/15/2010 6:51:25 PM

hi bryon, silverdood, tom, sam, lars, thanks for your imput.

here's a brief excerpt, funny and enlightening, that blurs the line between serendipity, hunches, and synchronicity.

The True Absent-Minded Professor
Septicemia, or blood poisoning, was rife in World War One. It was actually killing more soldiers than the war wounds. The antiseptics that were used to treat these wounds were making the bodies of the soldiers more susceptible to disease than the actual infection. Ultimately, the answer to this problem would be started by a man I like to think of as the real "Absent-Minded Professor".

Fleming was elected professor of Bacteriology at the School in 1928. He actively searched for anti-bacterial agents; having witnessed the aforementioned deaths of many soldiers from blood poisoning.

Fleming was considered a brilliant researcher, but, he was considered a careless lab technician. (Wilkipedia Alexander Fleming) By 1922 he had discovered a substance called "Lysozyme" which is produced by the human body. It is made up of both mucous and tears. This was not considered a major discovery.

It was in 1928 that Fleming made his great discovery of Penicillin. He had left out some of his cultures when he left on an extended trip. Upon his return he found the cultures contaminated by mold, however, they had retarded the bacterial growth within the fungus. He correctly assumed and interpreted this phenomenon. Further, he called the substance penicillin after the mold (penicillium notatum) that produced it. (Hart, Michael Page 249).
gary davis, health and wellness contributor

needed teamwork**********...

What Was That Mold?

Fleming spent several weeks growing more mold and trying to determine the particular substance in the mold that killed the bacteria. After discussing the mold with mycologist (mold expert) C. J. La Touche who had his office below Fleming's, they determined the mold to be a Penicillium mold. Fleming then called the active antibacterial agent in the mold, penicillin.

But where did the mold come from? Most likely, the mold came from La Touche's room downstairs. La Touche had been collecting a large sampling of molds for John Freeman, who was researching asthma, and it is likely that some floated up to Fleming's lab.

Fleming continued to run numerous experiments to determine the effect of the mold on other harmful bacteria. Surprisingly, the mold killed a large number of them. Fleming then ran further tests and found the mold to be non-toxic.

Could this be the "wonder drug"? To Fleming, it was not. Though he saw its potential, Fleming was not a chemist and thus was unable to isolate the active antibacterial element, penicillin, and could not keep the element active long enough to be used in humans. In 1929, Fleming wrote a paper on his findings, which did not garner any scientific interest.

Twelve Years Later

In 1940, the second year of World War II, two scientists at Oxford University were researching promising projects in bacteriology that could possibly be enhanced or continued with chemistry. Australian Howard Florey and German refugee Ernst Chain began working with penicillin. Using new chemical techniques, they were able to produce a brown powder that kept its antibacterial power for longer than a few days. They experimented with the powder and found it to be safe.

Needing the new drug immediately for the war front, mass production started quickly. The availability of penicillin during World War II saved many lives that otherwise would have been lost due to bacterial infections in even minor wounds. Penicillin also treated diphtheria, gangrene, pneumonia, syphilis and tuberculosis.


Though Fleming discovered penicillin, it took Florey and Chain to make it a usable product. Though both Fleming and Florey were knighted in 1944 and all three of them (Fleming, Florey and Chain) were awarded the 1945 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, Fleming is still credited for discovering penicillin.

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4/15/2010 9:46:52 PM

Most all of us need new drugs.

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Kevin White

4/15/2010 10:24:12 PM

Penicillin could be credited for my life ... this being subject to better or worse my living in the matter. But it did.

Life is random. Who knew?

Sometimes bright people notice shit. Sometimes they discover the most random shit ever.

Art is random.

Sometimes they discover the most random shit ever.

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Steve April

4/16/2010 12:57:19 PM ---- Updated 4/16/2010 12:59:31 PM

"sometimes bright people notice shit..."

may i quote you on that lol...

yeah, a combination of skill, serendipity, and 12 hours days at the lab.

these little articles catch a few of the highlights, but i recall accounts of alexander fleming spending years working with penicillin, in his hot, stuffy lab, and could not get the stuff to maintain potency, long enough to mass produce this.

only in the 1940s, due to new chemical techniques, mass production of penicillin that saves millions of lives, becomes doable.

kinda touches on ESP also...

really feel the connection to musicians with stories like this, though not surewhy.

maybe cause the more you read about "great discoveries," the more often the details reveal the discovery flows from a hunch, or an intuition.

usually, the majority opinion being "fleming is wasting his time."

remember reading about Ross, the guy who discovered anopheles mosquitos carry malaria. he wanted to be a musician/poet. supposedly, the night he made his discovery he wrote a poem...

"i know that this little thing
a million men will save
oh death, where is thy sting?
they victory, oh, grave?"

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