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08/25/08

UPDATE
08/26/08

After first posting this video on August 24, I received an amazing flood of emails from people referring me to other 9/11 "synchronicities" in the popular culture. I could never include all of them in a YouTube video -- I've just added a couple of what I consider the most compelling. This particular topic will only continue to grow over time.

Michael Goodspeed
 
[UPDATED] - 911 "Coincidences" or Synchronicities?
by Michael Goodspeed


Summary:

The term synchronicity defines a series of events that seem to be meaningfully connected. Carl Jung described synchronicity as the "acausal connecting principle" -- i.e. a pattern of connection that cannot be explained by traditional laws of cause and effect. Most everyone has witnessed "coincidences" ranging from the mundane to extraordinary, but the question is, are they JUST coincidences, or do they speak for something larger?

The question of synchronicity dovetails with many other intriguing hypotheses, including a holographic model of the universe, ESP, precognition, and a host of other extrasensory and "paranormal" phenomena that have yet to be recognized or understood by mainstream science. I've spent a lifetime noticing and mentally filing away countless little oddities that seem to demand attention. In 1988, I read a newspaper account of the untimely death of NBA star Pistol Pete Maravich. The article made special note of a bizarre "coincidence" connected to Maravich's passing. In 1974, Maravich had told an interviewer, "I don't want to play in the NBA for ten years and then die of a heart attack at age 40." Maravich collapsed and died of a heart attack after playing exactly ten years in the NBA. He was 40 years old.

A pathologically incurious, self-described "skeptic" who hears of this might instantly react, "So what? Coincidences happen everyday." Of course, that is true. But it is simply NOT RATIONAL to blindly assert that every so-called "coincidence" that permeates our lives is without meaning. More and more human beings are exploring reality from a more holistic premise. The purely materialistic view of the Universe has lost credibility in the eyes of many, because it does not reflect the world we live in (most of us, anyway).

In a previous multimedia presentation, we discussed the research of Dr. Rupert Sheldrake, and the abundance of evidence for "interspecies telepathy" and psychic powers of animals. No narrow, materialistic, self-described "skeptic" can explain how a pet, separated from its family, can traverse hundreds or even thousands of miles over unfamiliar ground to return to its loved ones. And yet, countless well-documented accounts exist of animals doing precisely that. But HOW? It is stupid, incurious, and unforgivably lazy to not seek to know the meaning behind such mysteries. And yet most self-described "skeptics" have never really wondered if any meaning is even there.

This video presentation is far off the beaten path for Thunderbolts.info. I've compiled a list of strange pop culture "coincidences" connected to September 11th, 2001. Similar lists have been presented elsewhere on the Internet, and I'm sure I've not included all of the pertinent info. It is not my intention or expectation to persuade viewers who are not inclined to believe in "that sort of thing." I only ask that the viewer refrain from negative, knee-jerk reactions without a moment or two of circumspection. And since this presentation deals with "coincidences" in Hollywood movies, consider for a moment this quote from Mel Gibson's character in the M. Knight Shyamalan movie "Signs," and ask yourself -- which type of person are you?
"People break down into two groups when the experience something lucky. Group number one sees it as more than luck, more than coincidence. They see it as a sign, evidence, that there is someone up there, watching out for them. Group number two sees it as just pure luck. Just a happy turn of chance. I'm sure the people in Group number two are looking at those fourteen lights in a very suspicious way. For them, the situation isn't fifty-fifty. Could be bad, could be good. But deep down, they feel that whatever happens, they're on their own. And that fills them with fear. Yeah, there are those people. But there's a whole lot of people in the Group number one. When they see those fourteen lights, they're looking at a miracle. And deep down, they feel that whatever's going to happen, there will be someone there to help them. And that fills them with hope. See what you have to ask yourself is what kind of person are you? Are you the kind that sees signs, sees miracles? Or do you believe that people just get lucky? Or, look at the question this way: Is it possible that there are no coincidences?"
Michael Goodspeed

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