Friday, June 10, 2005

Disambiguation

Thoughts are like urchins wandering the astral streets for some food and a home. They belong to no one but free for everyone. And everybody uses them. People acquire thoughts and ideas from nowhere, snapping them from the clouds, only to find out that someone else had the same idea at the same time.
Did you every here the one about the experiment? A group of people were asked to do a daily papers crossword puzzle and the results were tallied and extrapolated and the such. Then one day, they were given a crossword puzzle from the day before and their results rose by, like, 20%. It’s as if the answers were in the air in front of them.
Is it just a natural occurrence? Can people read the same signals as everyone else and interpret those signals the same way to arrive at the same conclusions, but completely separately. Can two people at opposite sides of the world devise similar schemes, completely exclusive of one another?
Or have you heard the one about Dennis the Menace? In the same week of 1951, in both the US and the UK, a young troublemaker by the name of Dennis premiered in two different comic strips. Two different Dennis’s created by two different people. The US one created by Hank Ketcham, and the UK one by David Law. Both have since said it was purely a coincidence.

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