Feb 06, 2002 07:21 AM
by Gerald Schueler
<<<Could it be that there is a pattern of cause and effect so vast and comprehensive that even what seems to be a coincidence could be a part of that
pattern, but that the scope of the cause and effect relationship might be beyond our ability to see?
Your question is an honest one, and one that countless scientists have asked over the centuries. In the late 19th century, La Place assured us that the answer was yes. This Laplacian theory was scientific dogma until the 20th century when Einstein came along, and then quantum physics and then chaos theory. Today virtually all science is united in answering no. They did not change their view easily, nor quickly. But they did so in the face of overwhleming scientific evidence that probably and chaos form the foundation of our universe. Carl Jung's synchronicity theory sets up synchroncity to account for those chaotic/random events that are acausal - events that are not causally space or time related but happen anyway (and he was helped by the famous quantum physicist Wolfgang Pauli).
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