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End of the World is Nigh?

Posted 2011.03.12 9.18 in Pointless Blather by Stephanie

Normally I’m pretty skeptical about this end-of-the-world stuff – 2012 and Nostradamus and all that stuff. Typically I take all that with a grain of salt, there’s always simpler and more-rational ways to look at it.

While reading all the information about the recent disaster in Japan however, I came across one thing that made me stop and think. They’re saying that the earthquake has shifted the Earth’s axis by a few inches.

Wow. I didn’t know that was possible.

I mean, I know the Earth’s axis moves on its own, there’s a sort of progressional wobble thing that it does. But the idea that it could move a few inches from a big earthquake – that just sort of struck a chord in my mind.

A little while before reading about that, I had seen more information about the earthquake, about other recent earthquakes, volcanic activity, and the ongoing honeybee crisis.

Honeybees, plate tectonics, and the Earth’s axis: a disparate collection to be sure. Maybe it’s a coincidence. A collection of unrelated things. Or maybe it’s just all leading up to the winter solstace of 2012…

Either way, we’re all going along for the ride.

What Causes Coincidences?

Posted 2009.07.28 14.06 in Music/Movies/TV, Pointless Blather by Stephanie

Sometimes I can’t help but wonder, what really causes coincidences? I mean, are they really just random stuff that happens randomly but seems to have some order? Or is there really some cause and effect going on that’s just too big or too subtle for us to notice?

Yesterday I was looking for ideas to post about, and going through my photo library. (I ended up posting about winter camping, after finding a photo from Algonquin Park during a snowfall.) One of the other photos I had been looking at was this picture of the SS Noronic at the Canada Steamship Lines dock at Toronto Harbour.

SS Noronic at dock in Toronto

Obviously this is a very old photo, I believe I found it in the National Archives. I have a handful of old pics from about a century ago. I was contemplating posting about the Noronic but ultimately I didn’t have anything useful to say about it. Its story has been told already, numerous times.

History Channel ListingThe reason I’m writing about it now, isn’t specifically about the Noronic, but about coincidence. As I said, it was just yesterday that I was looking at this photo, thinking about the fire, but I couldn’t remember all the details, so finally I put it aside and did the thing about winter camping instead. But then just this morning, what do I find on TV, but the story of the Noronic’s fire. Just 24 hours after I was focusing on the photo and thinking about it, trying to remember the details. If this was a one-off thing, I wouldn’t think much of it really. But this sort of thing happens all the time. Almost weekly. I think about something for a while, trying to remember something, or just thinking about it, and within the next day or so, I get the answers delivered without having gone looking for them.

And this is my question – what makes this sort of thing happen? How does the universe know to serve up the right episode of this series, so I can find out those details I was wondering about yesterday? Does this happen to everyone else on a regular basis, or just me?