The Number 23 February 19, 2007

The Number 23

I’m getting sick of hearing about Jim Carrey’s new movie, The Number 23. Not coincidentally, it opens this Friday, the 23rd. It’s about how Carrey’s character gets obsessed with the number 23 and starts seeing it everywhere he goes.

Of course, this is all a coincidence. If I asked you to look specifically for the number 55, you’d start seeing it everywhere you went. In fact, pick a random number. Look for it. Count how many times you see it. Don’t be surprised when the count gets high.

I remember right after 9/11, people started seeing those numbers everywhere. They resorted to drastic lengths to find them.

This is the same problem we have with people who claim psychic powers or believe their horoscopes. They count the hits but ignore the misses. When you look at it that way, of course, it seems like something supernatural is afoot.

What is bugging me more than the movie itself is how Carrey claims to actually see the number 23 during interviews.

It’s definitely an easy way to get publicity for the movie, but in the process, people who don’t know any better might start to think there is truth in this form of Numerology.

Moral of the story: If someone tells you this week that they’re “seeing the number 23 everywhere,” slap them. They deserve it.

(I’m wondering… what is the biggest stretch anyone has to go to “see” the number 23? You can tweak just about anything to get there… be creative!)


[tags]atheist, atheism, Jim Carrey, The Number 23, confirmation bias, 9/11, psychic, horoscope, supernatural, Numerology[/tags]

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