Laurence Browne
Laurence Browne

Project Title: An enquiry into the nature and significance of coincidences

Principal Advisor: Associate Professor Phil Dowe

Project Abstract: A coincidence can be broadly defined as ‘a notable co-occurrence of events’. Some have discernable causal connections; others are clearly attributable to the random play of chance; while certain ostensibly random coincidences can be distinguished by their accompanying numinousness and meaning. This has resulted in a number of divergent explanations but little attempt to pursue a fully integrated approach to the study of coincidences. It is the aim of this project to formulate an overarching model that is able to identify and categorise coincidences without the tendency towards reductionism that has so often been a feature of coincidence explanations.

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