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16th Jul '16 8:58:23 AM nombretomado
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* ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' references AlbertEinstein just to hammer in, "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=srHJBueSx40 Yeah, Scorpius has your number, Crichton]], ''and he will never stop screwing with you!''"

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* ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' references AlbertEinstein UsefulNotes/AlbertEinstein just to hammer in, "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=srHJBueSx40 Yeah, Scorpius has your number, Crichton]], ''and he will never stop screwing with you!''"



* The reason [[AlbertEinstein Einstein]] did not like quantum mechanics relating to chance was because of this. "Quantum mechanics is certainly imposing, but an inner voice tells me that it is not yet the real thing. The theory says a lot, but does not really bring us any closer to the secret of the 'old one'. '''I, at any rate, am convinced that He does not throw dice'''." [[note]] Technically, he didn't believe in randomness beyond the laws of physics and the boundary conditions of the universe. Those two things can still cause some pretty coincidental stuff to happen, just like pseudo-random number generators can cause coincidences in computer games. [[/note]]

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* The reason [[AlbertEinstein [[UsefulNotes/AlbertEinstein Einstein]] did not like quantum mechanics relating to chance was because of this. "Quantum mechanics is certainly imposing, but an inner voice tells me that it is not yet the real thing. The theory says a lot, but does not really bring us any closer to the secret of the 'old one'. '''I, at any rate, am convinced that He does not throw dice'''." [[note]] Technically, he didn't believe in randomness beyond the laws of physics and the boundary conditions of the universe. Those two things can still cause some pretty coincidental stuff to happen, just like pseudo-random number generators can cause coincidences in computer games. [[/note]]
4th Jul '16 2:40:02 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'': As [[TheObiWan Bobby]] said in "The Magnificent Seven": "I believe in a lot of things. Coincidences ain't one of them."

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* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'': As [[TheObiWan Bobby]] Bobby said in "The Magnificent Seven": "I believe in a lot of things. Coincidences ain't one of them."
1st Jul '16 7:58:47 PM nombretomado
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* In AndreNorton's ''Literature/{{Catseye}}'', [[spoiler:Dragur]] observes that one coincidence is so beneficial as to almost make him believe in Fate.

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* In AndreNorton's Creator/AndreNorton's ''Literature/{{Catseye}}'', [[spoiler:Dragur]] observes that one coincidence is so beneficial as to almost make him believe in Fate.
15th May '16 3:34:55 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''SidMeiersAlphaCentauri'' plays with this trope by suggesting their ''are'' coincidences, [[MindScrew but these coincidences might have their own perverse reasons for happening]]:

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* ''SidMeiersAlphaCentauri'' ''VideoGame/SidMeiersAlphaCentauri'' plays with this trope by suggesting their ''are'' coincidences, [[MindScrew but these coincidences might have their own perverse reasons for happening]]:



* In ''RecordOfAgarestWar'', Duran thinks that it's just a coincidence that they found a hot spring on their camping site, but Winfield thinks the other way.

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* In ''RecordOfAgarestWar'', ''VideoGame/RecordOfAgarestWar'', Duran thinks that it's just a coincidence that they found a hot spring on their camping site, but Winfield thinks the other way.



* ''KnightsOfTheOldRepublic II'': While not a complete rejection of coincidences, Kreia believed that true coincidences were rare and that events usually chalked up to coincidence actually happened because of the Force.

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* ''KnightsOfTheOldRepublic ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic II'': While not a complete rejection of coincidences, Kreia believed that true coincidences were rare and that events usually chalked up to coincidence actually happened because of the Force.
16th Mar '16 4:58:54 PM ZashikiWarashi
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** The phrase came before in an older work, ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura'' and even before the idea of fate had come before in most of clamp works, since the begining.

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** The phrase came before in an older work, ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura'' and even before the idea of fate had come before in most of clamp Clamp's works, since the begining.beginning.
9th Mar '16 2:34:16 AM AgProv
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* Creator/RobertAntonWilson once wrote about the researcher's dilemma; trying to locate a particular half-remembered example from a very big library of books, so as to be able to refresh his memory and quote it in an article. He was moved to close his eyes and select a book from random off a shelf so as to open it at random, just on the MillionToOneChance. He was interested first by the fact he'd selected a book by his namesake, Creator/ColinWilson, which covered the subject field he was researching. Opening it at random, the first thing he read was (Colin) Wilson's account of how another author, faced with the problem of locating the exact information he wanted quickly, had opened a random book to a random page and found what he wanted, first time out. (Robert Anton) Wilson says he never found the information he was looking for. But he was so struck by this double, and recursive, coincidence that he chose to write about this instead.
10th Feb '16 3:52:13 PM isoycrazy
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* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' [[ThePaladin Knight of the Cross Michael Carpenter]] holds this belief when it comes to the Swords of the Cross. These three holy blades, which contain a Nail from the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, have a Purpose and nearly any action that involves them, Michael believes, is part of His plan, though freewill still applies. When a Custodian of the Swords picks a Knight for a mission, he trusts that choice, even if it seems random or accidental.



-->'''Bashir''': "Don't tell me you don't believe in coincidences."
-->'''Garak''': "I believe in coincidences. Coincidences happen every day. But I don't '''trust''' coincidences."

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-->'''Bashir''': "Don't tell me you don't believe in coincidences."
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'''Garak''':
"I believe in coincidences. Coincidences happen every day. But I don't '''trust''' coincidences."



--> '''Anthony [=DiNozzo=]''': "In the immortal words of Leroy Jethro Gibbs [puts on a deep voice] 'I don't believe in coincidences'."

--> '''[=Gibbs=]''': "You know how I feel about coincidences, Abs."
--> '''[=Abby=]''': "Equatorial pygmies know how you feel about coincidences, Gibbs."

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--> '''Anthony [=DiNozzo=]''': "In the immortal words of Leroy Jethro Gibbs [puts on a deep voice] 'I don't believe in coincidences'."

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'''[=Gibbs=]''': "You know how I feel about coincidences, Abs."
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'''[=Abby=]''': "Equatorial pygmies know how you feel about coincidences, Gibbs."



---> '''Anthony [=DiNozzo=]''': "I thought you didn't believe in coincidences, Boss."
---> '''[=Gibbs=]''': "I don't. But I ''do'' believe in bad luck.''

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---> '''Anthony [=DiNozzo=]''': "I thought you didn't believe in coincidences, Boss."
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'''[=Gibbs=]''': "I don't. But I ''do'' believe in bad luck.''
14th Jan '16 1:31:19 AM jormis29
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* ''SquidRow'': [[http://squidrowcomics.com/?p=41 Randie doesn't believe in luck]].

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* ''SquidRow'': ''Webcomic/SquidRow'': [[http://squidrowcomics.com/?p=41 Randie doesn't believe in luck]].
18th Nov '15 9:46:36 PM Phys101
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* A proper understanding of probability and statistics leads to the conclusion that this trope is badly averted in RealLife. On the other hand, such an understanding may also lead one in a particular situation to realize that certain coincidences are extremely unlikely, and the apparent coincidence is a clue rather than a coincidence.
18th Nov '15 9:03:58 PM Phys101
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# to motivate investigation into possible reasons why an apparent coincidence sprung from a common cause -- the ConspiracyTheorist has an advanced case of it, and no willingness to stop the investigation

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# to motivate investigation into possible reasons why an apparent coincidence sprung from a common cause -- the ConspiracyTheorist has an advanced case of it, it,[[note]]Most of the time, perhaps, but not all of the time.[[/note]] and no willingness to stop the investigationinvestigation.



** The secular version of Einstein's statement is that the Schroedinger Equation (or the equations in general of quantum mechanics) are deterministic. The problem of quantum measurement is a serious MindScrew.[[note]]For example, a particle with Sx=1/2 is in a superposition of Sz=1/2 and Sz=-1/2. A magnetic field may send Sz=1/2 particles up and Sz=-1/2 particles down. The universe will be in a superposition of states where said particle has gone up and down. Any device measuring whether it has gone up or down will be in a superposition of states indicating "up" and "down". Any human recording the data will be in a superposition of states where he sees and records "up" and "down". In the ultimate extreme, if a particle going up meant the earth blowing while the earth is saved if the particle goes down, said particle puts the universe in a superposition of states were the earth is and is not blown up.[[/note]]

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** The secular version of Einstein's statement is that the Schroedinger Equation (or the equations in general of quantum mechanics) are is deterministic. The problem of quantum measurement is a serious MindScrew.[[note]]For example, a particle with Sx=1/2 is in a superposition of Sz=1/2 and Sz=-1/2. A magnetic field may send Sz=1/2 particles up and Sz=-1/2 particles down. The universe will be in a superposition of states where said particle has gone up and down. Any device measuring whether it has gone up or down will be in a superposition of states indicating "up" and "down". Any human recording the data will be in a superposition of states where he sees and records "up" and "down". In the ultimate extreme, if a particle going up meant the earth blowing while the earth is saved if the particle goes down, said particle puts the universe in a superposition of states were the earth is and is not blown up.[[/note]]
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