Dear Mr. Dawkins
I have read a number of your books and I love them. It is probably more than 25 years since I read “The Selfish Gene” the first time. I think of myself as someone having a scientific outlook on life. I am not interested in religion, spirituality or New Age superstition. Evidence is of course much more important than belief.
However, I have experienced some very strange synchronicities in my life that I cannot understand.
I am convinced that synchronicities are real, paranormal phenomena but I cannot prove that I am right. Synchronicities cannot be studied with scientific methods because we cannot create them on demand. They are very rare phenomena and cannot be reproduced in laboratories.
Those who have experienced synchronicities or meaningful coincidences know what I am talking about, and those who have never had any such experiences (or never noticed them or rejected them) will think that I am just one of those millions of nutcases who are indulging in paranormal nonsense.
It is possible that I have deceived myself, absolutely. Illusions are common. But what if my synchronicity experiences are not illusions? And what if some of the many other synchronicity stories out there are also true stories? How can we find out? How shall we sift the wheat from the chaff? And how shall we interpret these observations? Shall we simply ignore them? Shall we ignore experiences and evidence that we cannot explain?
It is a pity that there are so many nonsense discussions about these things in the so-called spiritual circles. It is not possible to discuss synchronicity with New Age people, not with religious people and of course not with scientifically minded people. It is difficult to discuss these things with almost all pepople.
This is the reason why sincere people who have experienced synchronicities often avoid talking about them.
I think that you and your followers have never experienced any synchronicities. It can also be that you have had such experiences but that you never paid attention to them or maybe you explained them away because such phenomena are not on your map.