" Synchromysticism:
The art of realizing meaningful coincidence in the seemingly mundane with mystical or esoteric significance."

- Jake Kotze

June 8, 2016

The X-Files and the 23 Enigma

Being born on the 23rd of September, I've always taken notice of the so called "23 Enigma" and I couldn't help but notice all the 23 references in episode five of the new X-Files series.
"The 23 enigma refers to the belief that most incidents and events are directly connected to the number 23. 
Robert Anton Wilson cites William S. Burroughs as the first person to believe in the 23 enigma
Wilson, in an article in Fortean Times, related the following anecdoteI first heard of the 23 enigma from William S Burroughs, author of Naked Lunch, Nova Express, etc. 
According to Burroughs, he had known a certain Captain Clark, around 1960 in Tangier, who once bragged that he had been sailing 23 years without an accident
That very day, Clark’s ship had an accident that killed him and everybody else aboard. Furthermore, while Burroughs was thinking about this crude example of the irony of the gods that evening, a bulletin on the radio announced the crash of an airliner in Florida, USA. 
The pilot was another Captain Clark and the flight was Flight 23
Burroughs wrote a short story in 1967 titled "23 Skidoo." 
The phrase "23 skidoo" was popular in the 1920s; it means 
"it's time to get out while the getting is good.""
Not to mention that the production company name of 'Ten Thirteen' (10+13=23) adds up to 23 also.
And lets not forget that the X-Files first aired 23 years ago in 1993, either.
Mulder dancing to a Billy Ray Cyrus song
"As with most numerological claims, the 23 enigma can be viewed as an example of apophenia, selection bias, and confirmation bias:-) 
In interviews, Wilson acknowledged the self-fulfilling nature of the 23 enigma, implying that the real value of the Law of Fives and the 23 enigma is in their demonstration of the mind's ability to perceive "truth" in nearly anything."
I bought the above book years ago when Chris Knowles used to rave on about the series at his Secret Sun blog, as he was one of the authors. 
THE COMPLETE X-FILES: Behind the Series, the Myths and the Movies
September 23rd?!
But it has sat on my bookshelf unread because I wanted to watch the TV series before I read it and as of this day, I still haven't watched any of the early series, so maybe now I'll have to make an effort, as the new series is rather thought provoking, although not so much from the UFO angle.

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