Coincidences aren't always what they seem. Today on PsychologyToday.com, I discuss two essential things to keep in mind before embracing any event as a direct line to the divine. Hint: One of them has to do with research on ESP and psychokinesis, and the other with Santa Claus!
Yesterday, I did a second interview with Dr. Bernie Beitman of the Division of Perceptual Studies at the University of Virginia, on his web radio show "Connecting with Coincidence." Bernie and I love to get into the nuts and bolts of how coincidences work (you can find our previous interview here), and in this show,… Continue reading Coincidences that mislead? A new interview with Bernie Beitman
I'm excited to announce that, on Jan. 28, I'll be giving a talk sponsored by the Unitarian Universalists of Leisure World in Silver Spring, Maryland. The event is free and open to the public, and any of you who are in the area are welcome to join! The Transforming Power of Synchronicity Tuesday, Jan. 28… Continue reading Jan. 28 Event in the DC area: The Transforming Power of Synchronicity
Many of you have been patiently waiting for publication info on the memoir I've been working on for the last nine years, about the harrowing months following my French fiancé's announcement that an old flame was back in his life--and the coincidences that led me to see a higher purpose behind it all. I am… Continue reading Watch for my memoir The Supreme Victory of the Heart in May 2020
Do certain words seem to follow you no matter where you look? Psychologist William Braud actually conducted experiments to figure out whether the word coincidences he was experiencing were actually due to more than chance or selective attention. I describe his method--and his results--in today's Psychology Today post.
My interview with Mike Clelland on his podcast The Unknown is now available. Mike is himself the author of books about coincidence and synchronicity, especially as this phenomenon relates to owls and UFOs, and this makes for a deep, engrossing conversation. While I'm coming at things from quite a different starting point, what's amazing is how… Continue reading Synchronicity and Personal Transformation: My Interview with Mike Clelland
All of us have heard about people dreaming that someone died, only to discover that that person did die recently, or soon afterward. Skeptics generally assume these dreams can be explained as coincidences, but a controlled study published by Dr. Andrew Paquette in the Journal of Scientific Exploration in 2015 suggests there's actually something to the… Continue reading Can Dreams Predict Death?
Our culture tends to devalue things that can't be observed by multiple people, but some of the most important aspects of life (for instance, pleasure and pain, joy and sorrow, the very feeling of meaning) can't be observed by anyone but the person experiencing them. In today's post on PsychologyToday.com, I argue that it's time… Continue reading Inner Experience Is Real, and It Matters
I've recently started writing book reviews for the Journal of Scientific Exploration, and the first of them recently became available online. It's a review of Sky Nelson-Isaacs' 2019 book Living in Flow: The Science of Synchronicity and How Your Choices Shape Your World. Nelson-Isaacs, who has a Master's degree in physics, brings together concepts from… Continue reading Living in Flow: A Quantum Physicist’s Take on Synchronicity
In 1988, Claire Sylvia received the first heart-lung transplant performed in New England. In the days and weeks following her surgery, she realized that she had some strange new cravings. For one thing, she found herself “dying for a beer,” even though she’d never liked beer before. She also began to add green peppers to… Continue reading Can an Organ Transplant Alter Your Identity?