toy baby sealYesterday as I was leaving work, I bumped into a coworker who was carrying a toy stuffed baby seal. He said he happen to be cleaning behind his desk and found this toy he had bought for his daughter about five years ago and completely forgot about. I told him I had had a dream the night before that I owned a baby seal, and he said I could have the stuffed one if I wanted.

I didn’t take it. It’s just too damn freaky. What are the chances that a)I would dream I owned a baby seal, being I’ve never dreamed this before b)on the same day my coworker would have found the toy baby seal and that c)I would happen to bump into him on this day, being that I only bump into him about once a month? I think the chances of this encounter happening are negligible.

But what does does it mean? I mean, how did I and this man have this freakish connection? Let’s drop modern science for a moment (I know, it’s hard) and we proceed with the hypothesis that my dream and his reality had a connection. What is the connection? Some possibilities are:

Of course, there’s no way to know if any of these things are possible or if they happened. But it’s interesting to think about our minds and the outside world (or other minds) have a direct, mysterious connection.

Here’s some fluffy pseudo-science on dreams that attempts to answer the above questions, and a listing of some sort-of scientific studies on precognitive dreams. (at the bottom of the page)

(BTW, as The Nerge I must tell you that the toy pictured depicts some strange hybrid of a seal and a sea lion and is anatomically incorrect.)

Comments

3 Responses to “synchronicity and baby seals”

  1. E on December 4th, 2009 8:05 pm

    Or the co-worker has access to your subconscious …………

  2. the nerger on December 8th, 2009 3:12 pm

    You know, I saw him in the elevator today, and I tried to discern whether he is controlling my mind. But he looks like such a nice guy, plus his name is Giuseppe.

  3. addendum: weird coincidence? : the nerge on September 18th, 2010 7:21 pm

    […] In my review of the Science of Superstition, I talked about how just because science can’t explain or measure something, it doesn’t mean it’s not occurring. To whit: I had another odd dream-reality coincidence. I had a dream that my friend and bandmate J. had a large tattoo of flowers across her back in a diagonal swash-like way. Then I bumped into her and her girlfriend and told her about this dream. She said, “That is so weird! I recently saw a woman with a tattoo just like that, and I was just telling R. (her girlfriend) about it!” R. jaw literally dropped open. I just said, “Yeah, things like that happened.” I don’t know why I acted so nonchalant about it, because that is an odd coincidence, just like the baby seal dream. […]

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