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Re: [ontolog-forum] [LIKELY_SPAM]Re: brainwaves (WAS: to concept or not

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From: Christopher Menzel <cmenzel@xxxxxxxx>
Date: Sun, 9 Dec 2007 19:38:47 -0600
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On Dec 9, 2007, at 11:03 AM, aarsic@xxxxxxxxxxx wrote:    (01)

> So this is what this thread is about (how Kathy just explained it).  
> I once read in a book (on love trying to explain love, soul mates,  
> etc) and it said that when two people meet or cross paths they are  
> connected by their energies forever. If it's a strong energy, such  
> as love, then that is why one can pick up on another's thoughts of  
> that person or feelings. This was explained as part of quantum  
> theory and I've always wondered about that. Is it part of quantum  
> theory when I think of a close friend the phone rings and that is  
> them on the phone?    (02)

Almost certainly not.  At the least, there are no rational grounds for  
believing so.  IIRC, Stephen J. Gould reminds us in a nice essay  
somewhere that when you are tempted to seek mystical or unverifiable  
quantum theoretic explanations or the like for these instances of  
apparent telepathy, think of all the times someone calls you and he or  
she was the farthest thing from your mind!  And likewise the many  
times you think of them and they don't call!  The best explanation for  
the "telepathic" cases, then?  Simple probability.  People call.  We  
think of people.  Of the thousands of occurrences of both types of  
events over time, a small few of the someone-calls/someone-is-thought- 
of pairs involve the same person and -- entirely coincidentally --  
occur at roughly the same time.  No deeper explanation needed.    (03)

(This actually happened to me just yesterday when my son called me.   
As it happens, I think of him a lot, esp on Saturday afternoons, when  
he tends to call -- not that he calls as much as he should! :-)    (04)

-chris    (05)

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