I already wrote about Cognitive Echo
, but I think it is worth it to revisit the subject. This event had happened just two days ago: H. came to me and asked if I have any photos of hummingbirds
. He needed it for a painting which he was commissioned to do and he wanted to see a photo for the right colors. I’ve looked through the high-resolution cache I have, but the nearest bird I could find was bird of paradise. He took it as a sub, but it was not what he needed and we both knew it.
Next day was Saturday, H. and I were standing by the dorm, waiting for the church call. And I looked at Mexican petunias
, which we have a plenty around and just thought that it would be nice ... I didn't finish my thought: there was a hummingbird
. In flesh. It was flying among blue bells of petunia like a big bumble bee. I pointed it to H. He said, “no, it is abumble bee
.” And then he saw it too. Greenish sides, gray breast, a blur
of wings and a whole rainbow in the fanned down tail. The bird was sticking its long, needle-like, slightly curved beak into each flower, one after another. I haven’t seen ahummingbird
in this place for years! And even when I’ve seen them, it was no longer than a moment. Now it was a real spectacle. It collected nectar and being gone, I’ve called it back (in my mind) to return, and it did! It reappeared four more times. Then it was gone. I went to the backyard, where we a have a large flowerbed full of petunias. I hoped to see it there. And it was there. The story repeated next day.
What can I add to this? Such manifestation could be mere a coincidence, but coincidence is an illusion, there is no such thing in this World.
There is a well-known class of quantum experiments
of single particle two-slit diffraction
. It was done first with electrons (because electron is technically easier to isolate) and then the same scheme of experiments was repeated with photons
. It appeared that each individual particle chooses left or right slit to go not in random, but in accordance with the expectation of an observer. I daresay that I’ve just seen a slightly modified phenomenon of a similar nature. Bela Abel