pict-animal.jpeg “Yaw, how do you explain the mysterious phenomena of coincidences? Is there a natural explanation for these events?”

“Some religious philosophers have proposed a supernatural power behind it, Mog. Some scientists explain it in terms of physics or mathematical deductions, as in the concepts of probability. I suppose it all depends on how Man interprets the unexplainable. The world of imagination is limitless, Mog, and Man has created depositories of our ills.”

“Let’s be more specific, Yaw. Let’s say I bought a lottery ticket and won. Was I lucky, which many people often attribute to God, or was it because it was highly probable that I should win?”

“If you lost, Mog, would you blame God? The religious would often go through rituals, like praying, and explain the outcome of an event as a result of these prayers or lack of it.

“As for the probability of you winning, well let’s say 500 people bought tickets. The probability of you winning is one in 500, and all 500 have the same chance. There’s no mystery in that. It’s the same coincidence as 500 people stepping off the pavement at different times of the day, and you happen to be the one when a truck passes by.”

“That’s scary, Yaw…”

“A coincidence can happen to anyone, and there’s nothing special about you. It’s destiny. The unknown is scary for those who find no explanation for it, Mog. In their limited minds, they fight these terrors with whatever they have, and with Man’s capacity for wild imaginations, there are even those who create terror to explain terror.

“Take the Loch Ness monster. You have to think of the time in which these legends were created, Mog. The children of Scotland in the days of old were told that if they didn’t behave, the monster in Ness lake would gobble them up. And just because they found a 1st century carving of a strange animal on a Pictish stone, their wild imagination got the better of them and the monster at Ness lake, told in childhood stories, came into being.”

“I suppose it is the same interpretation for Hell in Christian religion, Yaw. Not knowing where we go when we die, children are taught that if they don’t behave, they will go to hell. I think people, especially parents should not take childhood for granted. Children do not understand or misunderstand all what is taught to them in childhood, and when they grow up, they are brainwashed adults who interpret or misinterpret these terrors.”

“And I don’t think an ant or a worm will wonder where they would go when they die, Mog. Only Man has imagination, and he imagines too much.”

“But Yaw, for what purpose is there to explain the unknown in fearful terms?”

“People and institutions have their agendas, Mog. There is still a lot of the unknown that the world of Science has to fathom. But in the meantime, the opium of the masses is the fallback. Give science time to explain the unknown, and when they do, you will wonder why you had been foolish enough to be scared.”

The Anthropic Coincidences: A Natural Explanation