My habit (of being consciousness of the unseen) is not something I try to do, mind you. Rather, after of years of working in the industry, it has become part of who I am (for better or worse).
On the positive side, it's easier for me to view life more spiritually. On the negative, it tends to make me suspicious .. in a curiously observant way.
If you apply this habit (being conscious of the unseen) to normal, everyday life (where we encounter countless stimuli), you might see why I'm quick to question statistical anomalies.
Say for example, you're sitting in a movie theater, watching a great flick, and you have to be somewhere right afterwards. You see the movie starting to wind down, so you move to the rear of the auditorium (where several hundred movie-goers are seated), prepared to make your escape (to beat the rush).
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Soon as the movie ends, you make a mad-dash for the exit. Approaching your car however, you notice someone behind you, who seems to have the same idea. As you dig for your keys, you notice he's parked right beside you (in a huge parking lot).
Now what are the odds of this? (One-in-several-hundred, would be a reasonable guess.) You pause to survey the lot, and notice you and this fellow (who's parked right beside you) are the only two at your cars. Everyone else is just starting to exit the theater.
Does this make me paranoid? No. But it does make me suspicious. The odds are too unlikely to accept it as mere coincidence .. especially if his car (let's call it a spotless black SUV) wasn't there when I arrived. Friends say I'm drinking too much espresso. =) Or maybe I've had too many classes in Statistics & Analysis.
I realize that, if somebody really was following me, they never woulda made it so obvious. And I can't think of a reason why anybody would wanna follow me. (My life ain't that interesting.)
Here's another oddity I noticed, tho slightly less paranoid. See what you think. Yesterday I viewed photos the Dog sent from his wedding (in Prague). Of the hundred-or-so I saw, the most striking were those taken at the Sedlec Ossuary in nearby Kutna Hora.
Anyway, the stacks of skulls were something you don't soon forget. Later that same day, I noticed a link to an interesting article at Google News which said » CIA and Vatican edit Wikipedia entries. [I've been known to reference Wikipedia.]
So I follow the links to find out who it was that thought of the (very cool) idea to invent the WikiScanner program, and discover it's a 24 year old grad student/hacker named Virgil. Out of curiosity, I visited Virgil's site. Lo and behold, there on the main page is a picture of him with the skulls at the Sedlec Ossuary.
I've never seen those skulls before. Now I see them twice in the same day .. from two seemingly unrelated sources. What are the odds of that? Small, I assure you. Very small. What might it mean? I have no idea. Why would he put that picture on his web site? On the main page, no less?
These weird coincidences don't occur all the time. But when they do (like now), they tend to come clumped together in bunches. I seem notice them most when I'm in love, tho (unfortunately) I'm not in love right now. I have no answers .. only observations and questions.
Jung addresses the topic in his book » Synchronicity: An Acausal Connecting Principle (which may or may not apply to what I'm experiencing). Another interesting concept (from Physics) deals with how our minds relate to matter » Attention, Intention, and Will in Quantum Physics. (Heady stuff, but accessible.)