It is this tapping into the collective pool of ideas that enables people on other sides of the world to come up with the same idea, almost simultaneously. This is how fear spreads, or a sudden obsession for yellow, how the world comes around to certain ideas, that, in the way we have of deciding, have found their time.
When Charles Darwin came up with his theory of evolution, and published his first paper on it, a little known priest, Gregor Mendel, had already come to some of the same conclusions about natural selection by growing thousands of pea plants in his garden.
In the 70's, George Harrison admitted to "subconsciously plagiarising" the 60's girl group the Chiffons, after similarities between his hit My Sweet Lord, and their song, He's So Fine came to light. Harrison maintained that he hadn't plagiarised the song on purpose, but that the melody could have infiltrated his head whilst he was writing My Sweet Lord......
Well, I'm not sure, really. Except for the fact that I was found by another blogger, who I had no knowledge of previously, who started her blog in January this year, while I started mine in March.
Her blog name? cloth.paper.string.
My blog name? paper.string.cloth.
note please, that BOTH are spelt in lowercase letters with full stops between them.
The similarity ends with the names, we are, after all, completely different women, on different sides of the planet, but there you have it.
Collective Unconscious? Serendipity? Unconscious Plagiarism?
As the party with the latter starting date, and thus, all the onus, iut looks as though I am going to have to change my name.
The bugger of it is, that I originally wanted paper.SCISSORS.cloth, but I googled it and found out it was very close to the name of a quilting magazine. Seems this name wasn't to be either.
Anyway, dear readers, if you have any suggestions for the complete naming overhaul, please let me know.
And to Sarah, I am so sorry to have put you through the horror of thinking that someone out there was stealing your well thought out, snappy blog title for their own benefit. When you got in touch with me, my heart fell to the floor.
I believe in the Collective Unconscious, people, but I don't believe in stealing ideas.
Hope you're all having a gorgeous sunny day, any helpful commments at this point would be greatly appreciated.