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Googlism Synchronicity


“max is here
max is in control
max is probably creating something big for it

max is the solution for you
max is what you want
max is on top

max is cool because despite the fact that his father yells at us every time we’re there
max is so smart
max is not the killer

max is still in control
max is good for that kind of thing
max is no angel

max is useless hahahaha
max is not max
max is down

max is over”

Does that make sense? It’s the story of the rise and fall of dictator Max, by Max Jahnke. If it sounded a little strange, it’s because all the sentences were extracted from Googlism, which in turn extracted them from the web. Those are all unrelated snippets of text from across the web compiled into one story.

The results from Googlism can be hilarious, but most important to us, there’s something here in the fact they can be selected and organized to make a somewhat coherent short story. As it happens, another friend, Murilo Queiroz, also has a son named Max, and he got into it, creating a beautiful and quite long story from Googlisms which is actually related to his son.

A whole lot of meaning from random snippets of text extracted from the web.

If you are into Forteanism long enough, you may have realized a lot of coincidences and mystical synchronicities work like this. There’s a whole ocean of not entirely random things: that’s the web. Then a phenomenon filters this randomness into something less random, but the phenomenon in itself is not expected to produce meaning. That’s Googlism.

Then comes our minds. From Googlisms some quite amazing “coincidences” can be found. We can find meaning where there is none. Or better yet, there was none. We actually created this meaning the moment we think we saw them there all along.

Some of these ideas were discussed previously in Mind under matter, but even if you don’t quite swallow this pill, how about finding what story lies in the Googlisms for your name? Do share them in the comments.

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  1. Murilo Queiroz January 26th, 2010 7:55 am

    Great post, Kentaro!

    Finding meaning in random noise is a natural born human talent, but it’s hard to convince people that their interpretations such as the Bible Code or Nostradamus prophecies are just what they want to see…

    Thanks for mentioning my little story about Max.

  2. alanborky January 26th, 2010 5:40 pm

    Kentaro, I have no problem with what you say, (regarding what might be called things that “require extraordinary proof”), but ultimately – or so I reckon – exactly the same applies to everything else, even the stuff which, by implication, seemingly DOESN’T “require extraordinary proof”.

    I’ll give you an example of what I mean: the other day, for some reason, I suddenly had a flashback to my school days in the early ’70s, (in Liverpool, in the UK), when our chemistry teacher was off sick and we had a physics teacher as a stand-in.

    The subject of the then recently revived theory of Continental Drift was raised and this physics teacher’d been scornful to the point of outright hostile to the idea: “The only reason the continents appear to fit in the first place is because of the current sea levels – in the past, when they were much lower or higher, they probably wouldn’t’ve appeared to fit at all.”

    My first reaction, on watching this particular ‘video tape’ replay itself before my eyes and ears, was to dismiss him as a typical example of reactionary ‘science’ because, after all, history’d subsequently proved him wrong.

    But the more I thought about it, the more I began to wonder if it had because while, yes, the theory of plate tectonics SEEMS proved as a possible mechanism for such a fit, that doesn’t automatically mean the fit is REAL.

    But even if should prove the case there really IS sufficient “extraordinary proof” to authenticate the fit, it remains the case I, personally, am currently unaware of it and, ultimately, merely assumed the physics teacher was wrong because I love the idea of Continental Drift.

    The point I’m getting at is if it’s true human beings have an innate disposition to derive meaning even where there supposedly isn’t any, then how much of what currently passes for science will be perceived, a thousand years from now, as meaningless products of precisely that tendency?

    To put it another way, how much of what currently passes for science would survive as science if EVERYTHING was required to submit extraordinary proof of itself?

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  4. foebea May 18th, 2010 7:52 pm

    Not so much for me…

    Foebea is offline.

    I love it though, using more common names results in quite a fount of inspiration.

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