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Guillermo
Posted: Wednesday, October 6, 2010 9:03:25 PM

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I would like to share with you something very weird that just happened to me a few hours ago, I heard in a conversation about this new site fiverr.com and I visited the web page just out of curiosity, I was amazed about all the crazy gigs that people offer in that site for $5, then I saw the ad of someone offering to paint your first name on a grain of rice, I thought that it was cool and I wondered if a long first name as mine (Guillermo) fitted in a grain of rice, so I clicked in the ad link and SURPRISE! there it was a picture of a grain of rice with my name painted on it, it gave me the chills!

You can take a look at the grain of rice with my name Guillermo painted on it at http://www.fiverr.com/users/medstudent/gigs/write-your-name-on-a-grain-of-rice-and-send-it-to-you

I swear that I did not make this up, excuse my English, my first language is Spanish.

Is this just a coincidence or just another joke of the master programmer hinting us about this programmed reality where we "live" ?




"We are living in a computer programmed reality."
- Philip K. Dick, 1977
ebb101
Posted: Thursday, October 7, 2010 4:08:26 AM
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Woah!
It's interesting. And something I'm working on now.
I think that coincidence doesn't just prove programmable reality--it indicates that the program is deeply connected, if not synonymous, with consciousness.
At least coincidence, synchronicity, psi effects, etc. seem to lead to that conclusion.
Guillermo
Posted: Thursday, October 7, 2010 10:46:27 PM

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ebb101 wrote:
Woah!
It's interesting. And something I'm working on now.
I think that coincidence doesn't just prove programmable reality--it indicates that the program is deeply connected, if not synonymous, with consciousness.
At least coincidence, synchronicity, psi effects, etc. seem to lead to that conclusion.


It would be great if we could set up some kind of experiment to prove without any doubt that we are in fact living in a programmed reality, maybe we are close to such proof as explained here: http://blog.theuniversesolved.com/2009/01/18/noise-in-gravity-wave-detector-may-be-first-experimental-evidence-of-a-programmed-reality/


"We are living in a computer programmed reality."
- Philip K. Dick, 1977
Neo
Posted: Saturday, October 9, 2010 3:42:38 PM
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Wow Guillermo, that's some story. I can imagine someone with a long name like yours wondering about if it could fit on a grain like that, and then to see it..! It's not like its that common a name either.

(Your name also reminds me of the Simpsons episode where Mr. Burns remembers all his employees names (including a Guillermo who isn't working at the plant long), except Homer's, driving him nuts).

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jim
Posted: Sunday, October 10, 2010 11:15:13 PM

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Hi Guillermo,

Your story is a great one. I have always thought that one of the most interesting aspects of our reality is the idea of coincidences; hence this "Anomalies" forum. I happen to feel that there is something beyond coincidences; that there is some meaning behind some of the statistical anomalies that we encounter. My favorite case involved a girl named Laura Buxton, aged ten, who released a balloon from her garden in Staffordshire, UK. It landed 140 miles away in Wiltshire, in the garden of another Laura Buxton, aged ten. (this anecdote is from "Beyond Coincidence" by Martin Plimmer and Brian King, 2004)

The skeptics say that for each apparent coincidence where the odds calculate to 1 in a million (for example), there are another million instances of unrelated events that COULD generate coincidences but don't. I have investigated this and found no solid statistical research that lends support to either side of the argument. However, my book does cover one case involving a dispute between Uri Geller and skeptic Richard Dawkins and the evidence appears to support the meaningful coincidence argument. Plus, there is my anecdote which was a 4 billion to 1 coincidence.

In your case, here is a site gives the relative frequency of first names in probabilities in California in 2009. Clearly, this isn't sufficient - not only is this representative of just one state in one country, but it is also completely different than the relative probabilities of names that might have been considered by the fiverr.com site. Still, it gives us a starting point. Turns out that the first name "Guillermo" represents 172 of the 528,000 names born in CA in 2009, or 1 in 3070. The skeptics might ask the question: how many non-coincidental incidents (that have the potential to create a coincidence) have you run into since your last coincidental incident. If the answer is over 3000, then this wouldn't represent a meaningful coincidence.

That said, I recommend writing down things like this, as you did via our forum. You might find that the more you notice coincidences and record them, the more frequently they occur. And, they may actually give you (and the rest of us) some insight into the nature of reality.

Thanks for sharing.

-Jim
Tracy
Posted: Wednesday, October 13, 2010 3:30:26 PM
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What ebb101 said,
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Woah!
It's interesting. And something I'm working on now.
I think that coincidence doesn't just prove programmable reality--it indicates that the program is deeply connected, if not synonymous, with consciousness.
At least coincidence, synchronicity, psi effects, etc. seem to lead to that conclusion.


In my case coincidence always seems a connection between real life and the electronic media, radio, tv, internet,
or vice versa.
Guillermo
Posted: Wednesday, October 13, 2010 11:33:06 PM

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jim wrote:
Hi Guillermo,
Turns out that the first name "Guillermo" represents 172 of the 528,000 names born in CA in 2009, or 1 in 3070. The skeptics might ask the question: how many non-coincidental incidents (that have the potential to create a coincidence) have you run into since your last coincidental incident. If the answer is over 3000, then this wouldn't represent a meaningful coincidence.


I have no idea about how many non-coincidental incidents I have run into since my last coincidental incident, but I think that the odds of this event happening to me are even smaller, because of (172/528,000 Guillermos born in CA in 2009) * (probability of me hearing about fiverr.com) * (probability of me deciding to browse X number of pages until I read that particular ad) * (probability of me being a member of this forum and interested in programmed reality) * (etc, etc)

I regret that I don't have the statistical background to express my thoughts in a more mathematical or logical way, but still I think that we live in a programmed reality and that this kind of "coincidences" means more that calculated probabilities of a event happening ...

"We are living in a computer programmed reality."
- Philip K. Dick, 1977
LadyBe
Posted: Sunday, March 20, 2011 8:03:44 AM
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I was just wondering, have any of you seen the show on t.v. called "Through the wormhole" narrated by Morgan Freeman.
I thought it was very interesting. It seems that programmed reality might be more than just a mere coincidence. I see where
you can buy the DVD of the show and I plan to buy it as soon as I can...Anxious
jim
Posted: Sunday, March 20, 2011 10:18:27 PM

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Haven't seen that one. Thanks for the tip, though.
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