Two Cars & a Painting
By Atom Bergstrom
Synchronicity is a type of intelligence.
I met David when I was seriously involved in Transcendental Meditation. I even lived at the TM center on Lakeshore Drive in Port Arthur, Texas.
TM significantly increased my synchronicity quotient.
Returning to David, he entered a lottery and won a new car.
He entered another lottery two months later, and won another new car.
I asked David about an unusual painting hanging on his apartment wall.
It was by a famous contemporary artist (whose name went down the memory hole).
David had been at an art exhibition, and laughed at the artist’s painting.
“What are you laughing at?” asked the artist.
“Well, it’s obviously a parody of the Dutch painting, The Wedding.”
“You’re the first person to notice that. It’s yours for free.”
You can find a picture of The Wedding in cyberspace.
The painting on David’s wall was nothing but two intersecting lines, one vertical and one diagonal, on a single-color background.
George Gamow (Thirty Years That Shook Physics: The Story of Quantum Theory, 1966) wrote …
“It is well known that theoretical physicists cannot handle experimental equipment; it breaks whenever they touch it. Pauli was such a good theoretical physicist that something usually broke in the lab whenever he merely stepped across the threshold. A mysterious event that did not seem at first to be connected with Pauli’s presence once occurred in Professor J. Franck’s laboratory in Göttingen. Early one afternoon, without apparent cause, a complicated apparatus for the study of atomic phenomena collapsed. Franck wrote humorously about this to Pauli at his Zürich address and, after some delay, received an answer in an envelope with a Danish stamp. Pauli wrote that he had gone to visit Bohr and at the time of the mishap in Franck’s laboratory his train was stopped for a few minutes at the Göttingen railroad station. You may believe this anecdote or not, but there are many other observations concerning the reality of the Pauli Effect!”