Synchronicity Paperback – Nov 21 2011
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About the Author
Dr. Kirby Surprise received his doctorate in counseling psychology from the Institute for Integral Studies. He works in an advanced outpatient program for the State of California where he assesses, diagnoses, and treats clients with psychotic and delusional disorders. He lives in the San Francisco Bay area. Dr. Allan Combs is author of more than 100 articles, chapters, and books on consciousness and the brain. He is co-editor of the Journal of Conscious Evolution, and associate editor of Dynamical Psychology. Combs's most recent book is Consciousness Explained Better.
Top Customer Reviews
While reading this book, I could not escape feeling time and again of quite ego driven exercise and nothing more then opinion based claims. I have no problem with someone stating “I think …”, I believe …”, “What might be …”. But no – good Dr. Surprise knows it all. What exactly is and what is not. Yung got it all wrong ... Human aura is fake and con-work … to mention just a few. List of intellectual insults of anyone with slightly more open mind goes on and on.
While our Dr. Surprise fully support scientific model of material proofs (good luck with it on this subject), verifiable evidence, repeatability, etc – he provides none. What was specifically annoying, his constant flip-flopping between going into some quite avant-garde areas, such as (Satori, Multi Universes, String Theory, Altered States of Consciousness, Mysticism) while at the same time degrading them all via materialistic-reductionism of today’s retrograde science to mare primitive instincts as his trump card to all.
Some interesting points on Satori but overall, at least in my case, this and few other ideas were lost in sea of sardonic comments and constant desire to tell you authoritatively “what is life all about”.
Beside his opinionated cynicism, material is quite chaotically organized. Hardly flows from one topic to the other.
With this book Dr. Surprise managed to make quite disservice to the concept of synchronicity and any understanding of it. Spare your money and more importantly, time.
I found the title of the book misrepresents what the contents are about in a way. Had it been titled; I don't believe in synchronicity, I would not have bought it.
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The above scenario is an all too common Synchronistic Event (SEs), often tossed away as coincidence, dumb luck, intuition, or simply a gut feeling during a specific moment in your life. Ever wondered if there was something more to them then just that? Well there is and you can find out more in Dr. Kirby Surprise's Synchronicity: The Art of Coincidence, Choice, and Unlocking Your Mind.
One part science text book, one part metaphysical treatise, and two parts (non-fiction) story telling, Synchronicity is a book that will change the way you understand your own mind and the reality in which you live in. Through it, you will gain the ability to recognize your own SEs, create them, and recognize the SEs of other's around you.
This book is written in such a way that anyone could easily grasp the concepts presented by the author. As an individual with an English degree (something as far away from the scientific field as Neptune is from the sun), I can vouched for this book's accessibility. Moreover, it has changed my mind for better, and it can change yours too!
I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in psychology, Jung, synchronicity, and, of course, to anyone who is interested in themselves.
However, his book is not very well-written, nor are his claims either clear or well-supported. He seems to have tied his view of the nature of SEs (his abbreviation of "synchronous events") to a theory in physics--a version of string theory--that may or may not turn out to be true in the long run. This seems to be a weak point that a very sceptical, science-oriented person, which he repeatedly says he is, would notice and discuss. But he doesn't. He believes that SE's cannot be other than our own creations, and that this view is somehow scientific. But he gives no argument for his opinion, which seems to me to need defending. He also believes that SE's are amusing, but have no greater significance--again a view that needs arguing for, especially given the testimony of so many over so long years that SE's can be highly meaningful. But there is no argument given. In the light of his views, teaching you to produce SE's is on the level of teaching parlor tricks, and that is the tone of his presentation. But if that's so, what's the point? My impression is that he believes there is one, but is not able to articulate it clearly.
Added to these problems are poor writing at every level from the sentence and paragraph level to the organization of the whole, and no clear overall point to the book. It's a pity, because there are some very interesting ideas here, by someone who seems to know SE's very well.
The biggest turn-off for me is that the author seems to take jabs at religion/faith and appears to want to let the reader know repeatedly that those who place meaning on synchronistic events, rituals, superstition are irrational and stupid.
I was disappointed with what i read of this book because I expected some element of wonder. I did anticipate some scientific reasoning but I didn't like that the point of this book seemed to be that synchronicity is simply a function of recognizing and mirroring patterns.
In my opinion, everything can't be explained away with science.