Saturday, 7 December 2019

Synchronicity - an experiment

I ran a short-ish experiment in synchronicity. The premise and hypothesis of the experiment is as follows:

If you look into a piece of art and spend time analyzing it, and then look into a second piece of art while still consciously or subconsciously thinking about the first piece - then your thoughts are going to be projected onto the second piece of art. The second piece of art will "supernaturally" become "like your thoughts", and by extension, like the first piece of art.

This is actually a long held "belief" of mine, and a long term actual experience, which is the basis for one of the previous blog posts ("mysticism").

The experiment began inadvertently when I spent a week (re)analyzing the Night Watch, here:
Note that v1 and v2 differ from one another; it took me a week to figure out how Rembrandt might have represented "Banning". I did see that it was like the international "no" sign (red circle with diagonal red line), but that would have been anachronistic. I then spent the week thinking about the origins of the international "no" sign, and eventually realized that it probably originates from using red ink for correction of texts. I then researched the use of red ink in this way and found out that it's actually medieval.
I then saw the Economist cover for that week, and wrote v2 (the new Economist issues appear online on Thursday afternoons, in this case on the 24 Oct). Note, that "Elizabeth" means "god is abundance", and "warren" is a forest/game keeper, i.e. somewhat the opposite of a hunter, but still someone who would carry a gun. So this almost says "fire all of your guns at once".
I then wrote an email to IIG (who are a debunking society with a 100K USD challenge for anyone who can demonstrate a supernatural phenomenon) and got no reply; probably deservedly so. I then realized that I need to at least attempt to reproduce it, on my own, in a well documented fashion and started a twitter "log" for this purpose. 
The way I decided to do it was that I would chose a piece of art, analyze it, and then when the next issue of the Economist appears online I would analyze that too. This way, I would have two pieces of art, one of my choice and another outside of my control (the cover), which, then, if the original hypothesis is correct would become "like" one another. I did this 4 times.

The results are interesting and demonstrate the basic idea quite well. Please note that I approach analysis of this sort as "dream interpretation" (and have always done), so apologies for the personal nature of the actual analysis; the goal wasn't to be "correct"; the goal was to create synchronicity.
Here is the log: