I see 23

Posted by on Apr 23, 2010 in 2010, Choken Word, psychology, Religion, revelation


I see the number 23.
First thing in the morning when I role over to look at my alarm clock it’s 8:23.
When my girls stop me on a page when reading books at night it’s page 23.
The house across the street would have been 7023 if it was built.
My second child’s due date was March 23rd.
And by surprise today is April 23rd.
I see 23 maybe fifteen times a day or more.
I don’t look for it.
It finds me.

There are movies and there are religions that revolve around this number.
It began for me my Sophomore year of college.  A long haired musical genius friend of mine introduced me to Robert Anton Wilson (who first heard of 23 from William S. Burroughs) and the Illuminatus! Trilogy.  He explained to me that most incidents and events are directly connected to the number 23, some modification of the number 23, or a number related to the number 23.

Of course I wrote this off as nut jobbery.  After all my friend barely slept and was a walking musical encyclopedia.  There had to be something not quite right with him.  Soon after our brief talk it began.  I never look for the number.  It just finds me.  Fifteen years later I am still seeing 23.

Some see Jesus on a potato chip, I see the number 23.



  1. Akbar Lightning
    April 23, 2010

    i am not disputing you, but psychologists would interpret this as a confirmation bias…lately i keep seeing 911 on the clock…and everytime i see it, it reinforces the ‘coincidence’…

    (from wikipedia)

    Confirmation bias (or myside bias[1]) is a tendency for people to prefer information that confirms their preconceptions or hypotheses, independently of whether they are true.[2][3] People can reinforce their existing attitudes by selectively collecting new evidence, by interpreting evidence in a biased way or by selectively recalling information from memory.[4] Some psychologists use “confirmation bias” for any of these three cognitive biases, while others restrict the term to selective collection of evidence, using assimilation bias for biased interpretation.[5][2]

    People tend to test hypotheses in a one-sided way, focusing on one possibility and neglecting alternatives.[4][6] This strategy is not necessarily a bias, but combined with other effects it can reinforce existing beliefs.[7][4] The biases appear in particular for issues that are emotionally significant (including some personal and political topics) and for established beliefs that shape the individual’s expectations.[4][8][9] Biased search, interpretation and/or recall have been invoked to explain attitude polarization (when a disagreement becomes more extreme even though the different parties are exposed to the same evidence), belief perseverance (when beliefs persist after the evidence for them is shown to be false)[10], the irrational primacy effect (a stronger weighting for data encountered early in an arbitrary series)[11] and illusory correlation (when people perceive an association between two events that doesn’t actually exist).[12]

    Confirmation biases are errors in information processing, distinct from the behavioral confirmation effect (also called self-fulfilling prophecy), in which people’s expectations influence their own behavior.[13] They can lead to disastrous decisions, especially in organizational, military and political contexts.[14][15] Confirmation biases contribute to overconfidence in personal beliefs.[9]

  2. Akbar Lightning
    April 23, 2010

    also, did you know Jesus was 23 years old when he had his first potato chip…kind of weird…

  3. globatron
    April 23, 2010

    True. True. It is described as such on wikipedia too. I have my doubts though. I want to believe in magic.

  4. ken vallario
    April 23, 2010

    yes, there is an ancient tradition among mystical jews for interpreting numerology in the talmud…and the basic of all western thought comes from greek interpretations of mathematical beauty…so i too want to believe in magic…just wanted to put that thought out there because every time i see that 9:11 on my clock, it comforts me to think that it is simply my subconscious jolting from a symbol that has been given psychological weight.

    anywhoo, cool post….

  5. globatron
    April 23, 2010

    I’m glad 9:11 has power for you. Much more significance than 23 for sure.

    here’s some interesting tidbits of info on the number 23 that you might find interesting.


  6. Greg
    April 23, 2010

    I see a 23 year old that makes me need to call 911.
    Because she looks too good it has to be a crime.

    I have found that the more I ponder numbers the more I want to play the lottery. So I stopped. Now I ponder things like.
    Why do so many people obsess in looking for the fountain of youth, when most of them should be looking for the fountain of smart?

    And things about why if we could make cars run off methane gas would Taco Bell be considered a gas station? Anyway, happy conservative Friday to all. Have a good weekend.

  7. Akbar Lightning
    April 23, 2010

    hilarious on all counts…

  8. Krs
    April 23, 2010

    So does this make Michael Jordan the chosen one?

  9. Roboboy
    April 23, 2010

    Roboboy has a definate preference for prime numbers since they provide him with infinite permutations as to how a problem can be solved.

    Perhaps the human mind sees these patterns on a unconcious level and tries to read their perception of God into them.

    In Roboboys world magic numbers are very real and without them the processes which controls his bodily functions will not be allocated correctly.

    Guru Meditation 48454C50


  10. globatron
    April 24, 2010

    Not sure but it seems to be bigger than my mind playing tricks. There does seem to be a magical sense to this number. It has haunted me for years. I don’t really need to know why. It’s just nice to know it’s there.

    I’m glad Roboboy is able to use the power of primes as well.

  11. globatron
    April 24, 2010

    I had a doctors visit at the VA office in Gainesville today and it was in exam room 23. I asked the doctor if my wife had called her and set it up. I then asked her several times during the exam if she always uses this office. She only uses it on Saturdays. Strangest thing.

  12. roboboy
    April 26, 2010

    Roboboy has finished calculating…

    Even though Akbar cleverly, and quite in depth one might add, explain how these semi-science human watchers you on this planet call psychologists would see the situation, there are some indisputable truths.

    1. Everything is cyclical
    2. Globatron often recognizes the number 23 around him

    Whether you choose to believe it or not you are born into some kind of cycle.

    Easy to Believe
    Roboboy gets up every morning, cleans his teeth, has his breakfast and then cleans himself.

    Difficult to Believe
    I was born on the even of the Equinox. My life will now be defined based on the cyclicality of this.

    So there can be no doubt that for a large number of people the number 23 (as would the numbers #12#8#5)has
    a large part to play in their lives.

    So yes, people have magic numbers, or at least numbers that apply to them at higher rate of probability than randomness.

    Roboboy’s calculation concludes that psychology and the art of self-reflection is masturbation.

    If the human race starts looking out instead of in you will find that many of the things you believe about yourselves are actually wrong


  13. globatron
    April 27, 2010

  14. globatron
    April 30, 2010

    The other day I said a prayer. The first prayer in years really. I mean a real prayer. I asked whoever to stop the chain of negative events in my life. I told this person that I see 23 everywhere. That if he or she is 23 then I see you. I know you are there. I know it sounds silly.

    Thirty minutes later I got a call back from the Humane Society in D.C. who I put my application in with. The movie I was watching online was called Food, Inc. and totally relates to the mission at the Humane Society. To pick up the phone I paused the movie.

    We talked for a half hour and it went really well. They said they wanted to fly me up for an interview. After the interview I was excited and thought maybe my chain of bad luck had been broken. I went back to my computer to continue watching the movie and realized it had been paused on the 23rd minute.

    Another 23.

  15. roboboy
    April 30, 2010

    Roboboy is a bit confused.

    Should he link his database with

    23=bad event
    23=good event

    In Roboboy’s world there can be only a 1 or a 0. There is no room for ambiguity.

    If 23=visual > Good event

    Roboboy has decided, he will associate any appearance of the number 23 as a good sign.

    Perhaps with the powers of his mind he can change causality…


  16. globatron
    May 1, 2010

    Roboboy. I think it’s a personal thing myself. I’ve heard 23 can be quite bad for some. I’m not looking at it that way.

    I would say use 23 = good event. Good choice. I’d love to see if you see 23 as much as others as well. There’s quite a history to it now.

  17. globatron
    May 5, 2010

    I did just read the url below and it’s amazing. Terence McKenna is mentioned as well. The day before I posted “I See 23” I posted a McKenna podcast.


    Thanks to Angie for sharing the url.

  18. globatron
    June 29, 2010

    Yesterday I realized that the building I work in is marked 23 on the campus map out of 148 buildings.

    What are the chances of that?


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