Spooky Coincidences?

Spooky Coincidences?

Hi, Vsauce. Michael here. You can practice speaking backwards, so when your words are reversed their intelligible. But here’s something
else that is weird. The digits in the speed of light are
exactly the same as the latitude of the Great Pyramid of Giza. And, as the anagram genius has revealed, all the world’s a stage but if you rearrange the letters
in the meaning of life it becomes be engine of a film or, more pessimistically, the fine game of nil. What does all of this mean? Are these just coincidences? Or are greater powers at work? Why is it so easy for us to find hidden messages? Why can a mere
coincidence give us chills and why is it so fun? When you reverse Neil Armstrong saying ‘small step for man’ you can hear what sounds like man will
space walk Lee Harvey Oswald assassinated
President John F Kennedy and this interview he defends the Fair
Play for Cuba committee of which he was a member. Now listen to what it
sounds like when we reverse him saying ‘and the Fair Play for Cuba’. is that a coincidence or a subconscious
confession hidden within his own words? It’s a coincidence. For crying out loud, if anybody says ‘and
the Fair Play for Cuba’, and then reverses it, it sounds the same. This app, by the way, is called
Virtual Recorder. It’s a really easy way to quickly reverse
your own speech. Matthew Hutson in ‘The 7 Laws of Magical Thinking’ points out that if you record yourself saying and then reverse it it sounds a bit like happy birthday to
you Kind of. If a word can be spelt the
same forward and backward, it’s a palindrome. But if a word or phrase sounds the same, whether spoken forward
or rewound, it is a phonetic palindrome. For example, say yes. Reversed Pretty cool. But check out this poem by
Karsten Johansson By the way, some people can speak in
reverse on the fly It is really cool to see them in action. Watch Guy’s lean back after this video. It’s linked down in the
description and it’s full of pretty cool coincidence videos. Apophenia is the perception of
connections or patterns in information. One type of Apophenia is Pareidolia – the scene or hearing of things that
weren’t meant to be there. For instance, hearing your name being
called or your phone ringing in the sound of running water, or
hearing English words in a non-English song or seeing faces that weren’t purposely placed there. Our
brains are good at this kind of work, probably because being hyper
attentive to patterns and faces can save your life. If there’s ambiguity
as to whether that thing hiding in the shadows is a threat, or just a shadow, it’s advantageous to air on the side of threat. Organisms with a healthy sense of Apophenia live longer, long enough to have kids and
raise them and naturally become the norm. We connect
with faces so well Hutson relates a story of
a friend who draws faces on things she doesn’t wanna lose,
like her bags. She says the faces make her less likely to
forget about them. If you like it, you should have put a
ring on it, if you like not losing it, you should have drawn a face on it. We are so good at teasing out patterns and faces from
random noise actual random sequences don’t always feel random to us. Originally, Apple’s iTunes shuffle feature generated
complaints from users. They said that similar songs, or songs
from the same artist, appeared in a string, which, of course, is
to be expected from randomness but it didn’t feel
random enough. So Apple introduced a smart shuffle that avoided totally random sequences
that nonetheless didn’t seem random to our pattern
loving brains. As Steve Jobs explained, “we’re making it
less random to make it feel more random”. Our impressive ability to imagine
patterns also expresses itself when it comes to connecting songs and moving images. This dancing
Spider-Man animation will famously sync up with any music you play. Try it. What kind of black magic is going on
here? Well, as it turns out, most of it is in
our heads. Radiolab reported that Michigan
State University explains that the major movements of dancing animations like this one, or this one, move at typical song tempos but also
contain, like most dance, various other different related rhythms of movement allowing them to seemingly fit many different tempos. Selection bias helps a lot too. We fall prey to this when we reject all the times the animation doesn’t really sync up, focusing instead
on the more surprising times when it does. The bizarre pyramid coincidence mentioned earlier is a lot less bizarre when you consider
the fact that we got to control where we placed the decimal point, and that a number of degrees this precise
isn’t necessary to locate the pyramid. By the fourth decimal we’re only talking
about a matter of a few meters, so it’s easy to make the rest fit the
speed of light exactly and have still picked a point on the pyramid. Confirmation bias also comes into play here. If you really want two things to sync up, they will. We often look for evidence that supports
what we already believe, while marginalising things against it. As Marshall McLuhan said “I wouldn’t
have seen it, if I hadn’t believed it”. These biases also help explain
the seemingly mind-blowing coincidence that famous movies and famous albums can line up. One the most popular states that if you
start playing Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon at the same time as The Wizard of Oz,
they will eerily line up. Entire communities have sprouted
around the syncing of movies and albums. Some of my
favorites are the Yellow Submarine soundtrack and the Little Mermaid, Lorde’s Pure Heroine and Twilight Saga – Breaking Dawn 2, and the end of 2001: A Space Odyssey with Pink Floyd’s Echoes. There are conspiracies that these were somehow secretly planned, though in reality they’re just accidental music videos. The
product of selection bias, confirmation bias and the law of near enough. A behaviour of our pattern sensitive
minds. Two things don’t have to line up exactly, or literally, for us to see a connection. This is why
vague predictions are a great way to look psychic. These
are also actually unsurprising when you consider the fact
that the number of narrative paces and rhythms we enjoy, and
typically use, are much smaller than the number possible. In ‘The Improbability Principal’, David J
Hand calls this “the probability lever”. What may be rare on average, or when considering all
possible scenarios, can be less rare for specific scenarios, even if they are only marginally
different. Getting struck by lightning is a proverbially unlikely event, but
Walter Summerford wasn’t just struck by lightning once
during his life, he was struck three times. It never killed him but four years after his
death his gravestone was also struck by
lightning. What are the chances? I mean, clearly
Summerford was some sort of robot built out of lightning rods or had somehow angered Zeus, right? Probably not. You see, while for the
average person the chance have been struck by lightning
is quite low, for an avid outdoor sportsman like Summerford, it’s not as low. The law of truly large numbers also comes into play here. With lightning striking Earth forty to
fifty times a second, billions of people for it to strike and thousand of years of recorded history, it’s
actually not surprising at all that at least once a story like Summerford’s would have happened. Given the truly large number of people who visit Disney World every day, and the fact that they take photos and lots of them, it’s actually not surprising at all that
at least one so far, a story like Alex and Donna Voutsinas’ has happened. While sorting through old photos before
their wedding, Alex and Donna found a photo of Donna at Disney World, fourteen years before
the couple met. But then Alex noticed something. He too had visited Disney World as a child, and there, in the background, was his father pushing
him in a stroller. Sometimes coincidences can be tragic. In 1864, Abraham Lincoln’s son, Robert Lincoln, was saved from
serious injury – or possibly even death – when a stranger grabbed him by the shirt collar moments before he plunged on the train
tracks below. That stranger turned out to be Edwin
Booth, one of the most famous Shakespearean actors of the time. So famous in fact Robert recognized him and had a letter sent thanking him
for saving his life. Less than a year later Edwin Booth’s brother, John Wilkes Booth,
undid the favor by assassinating Abraham Lincoln. Strange as they seem at first, math says that given enough time and
psychology says that given enough interest in finding them, coincidences and connections will be found, even unlikely ones. The coincidences between Abraham Lincoln and John F Kennedy are famous. Both were elected to the presidency in
the year ending with sixty. Lincoln was shot at Ford’s Theatre, Kennedy was shot in a 1961 Lincoln
Continental four-door convertible, made by Ford. Both presidents’ last names have seven letters and both assassins had 15 letters in
their names. The list goes on, as it should. If you look long enough, you can find
coincidences between any two people or things or events. They may seem strange at first but tend to
wind up being in the end pretty expected. For just one example, name length isn’t that wildly variable. Seven-letter names are pretty common.
Lincoln, Kennedy. Michael. Stevens In the famous spooky presidential
coincidences contest, held by the Skeptical Inquirer in 1992,
one contestant alone found similar lists of crazy
coincidences between 21 pairs of former presidents. Given the vast amount of details in any one
of our lives, it’s pretty easy. This court can be
exploited to almost comedic heights when it comes to over-analysing. Of course, hidden messages and signs are often intentionally included in media for fun, or to reward attentive viewers. But unintentional, extraordinary things happen all the time. It’s not really that extraordinary. There’s a famous calculation that is known as Littlewood’s law. Given
the number of hours we are awake every day, and
assuming an event only takes about a second to occur, if you calculate the odds of something happening to you are only one in a million. Well, you should expect that thing to
happen to you about once every 35 days. David J Hand took this even further with seven billion people on Earth the chance that an event with a
one in a million probability of happening to each of us won’t happen today is
1 in 10 to 3040. As Persi Diaconis put it, the truly unusual day would be a day
where nothing unusual happens. And as always, thanks for watching. You may have noticed a lot of YouTube
channels making videos about learning this week. Well, that is not a coincidence. It is
school of YouTube week. Many people are going back
to school or college right now but across the world millions of children won’t be either because they work to
support their families or live without a home. Or in areas
where there is conflict. They may experience overcrowding at school or a lack of teaching and school supplies. But luckily, we can help. Donations to Comic Relief’s School of
YouTube campaign can help disadvantaged young people all
around the world get an education. It doesn’t take much to
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Author: Kevin Mason

100 thoughts on “Spooky Coincidences?

  1. Sometimes is a coincidence other times are Neuro Programming Linguistic our brain can understand every subliminal message but we are not aware and there is no high celestial power it is just secret knowledge kept by Social Engineering Executors.

  2. Given enough numbers and time is the key here. Often it is not like that. Basically the whole statistical test for significance is kind of there to not make wrong assumptions based on chance.

  3. Watch as Michael mutilates a can, gives you the death stare and speak some sort of backwards language and Disappear

  4. I've often heard my name being called on several occasions. One time, when I heard my name being called, I responded with "What?" and the voice that called my name responded back. I once went to my bed for a quick nap and just as I was about to go out, I heard a loud banging sound like something hit the wall with incredible force. No, it wasn't me and I'm the only who heard it because if my parents heard it, both of them would have asked about it and/or tell me to knock it off. I've even heard people applauding when I'm just about to fall asleep even though I'm in my bedroom, we have no visitors and I can't hear the TV when it's on. Once, I was in my room playing Clue on my Ipad and I kept thinking the name Peacock. After a few minutes, I heard very loudly, "PEACOCK!"

  5. Wish he would have talked about the guy who got hit by a cab driver that hit someone on moped in New York City and then hit the same man in the exact same place with the exact same passenger but like 10 years later

  6. People named "Bob", are named the same when others call them backwards, but not always if upside-down.


  7. Michael: this dancing spider man will sync up with any music you play

    Me: immediately googles nokia ringtone arabic

  8. I like that if you take Neil Armstrong's name, abbreviate his last name, and read it backward, it says A. lieN = Alien. Did we send the first man to the moon, or did we just send him back home. DUN DUN DUUUUUNNNNN!

  9. I don't know much about the American revolution, because we just learned about that (I'm not american). And there are two people who died on the same date.

  10. What kind of black magic is this, I played DOOM's Rip & Tear in my head while Spider-Man was dancing. It matched up, and I really didn't think it would.

  11. Well the first letter of my first name is the last letter of my middle name and the first letter of my middle name is the last letter of my first name. Ive lived at the same street adress but on different streets and in different parts of town, my girlfriend had attended the same elementary school, has had the same friends, and the same intrests as me but ive only known who she is for the past month and a half. just some coincidences in my life.

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