[previously posted on Social Computer Research Networking Group in LinkedIn]
If you have not read the Steven Strogatz‘s fascinating book: “Sync: How Order Emerges From Chaos In the Universe, Nature, and Daily Life“, I strongly recommend it. The author has a short TED talk briefly outlining the idea.
Also there is a good documentary on the core idea of the book on CBC/ideas by Paul Kennedy, also highly recommended.
My question is if we can apply this idea in predicting social events and trends which might be synchronized. This one is a good example of a similar idea.