Carl Jung, Darwin of the Mind by Thomas T. Lawson

By Thomas T. Lawson

Carl Jung: Darwin of the brain is a assessment and an evidence of Jung’s suggestion set in an evolutionary context.

Jung explored the human psyche all through his lengthy existence. His writings intricate on imagery that may be present in rituals, myths and fables around the globe in addition to within the goals, visions and fantasies of his sufferers and himself. Jung pursued universal threads of desiring to the purpose of changing into deeply versed within the esoterica of japanese mysticism, Gnosticism, and alchemy.

Taken jointly, Jung’s works increase a coherent conception approximately how the psyche is built, together with an concept of the way awareness emerged as part of it. the writer demonstrates that Jung’s thought of a collective subconscious dependent by means of archetypes meshes good with authorized perspectives of evolution and will be squared with the main rigorous technological know-how of this day. So taken, Jung’s paintings is of unequalled explanatory energy and opens new vistas for realizing who we're and the way we function.

It is approved that every little thing in biology may be defined via Darwinian evolution other than the human brain. Jung’s idea contemplates that the collective subconscious advanced via average choice simply as intuition did. From this uniform, inherited subconscious, realization arose and the quick growth of realization during the last 6000 years will be traced within the quite a few cultures during which it's been embodied. certainly, Erich Neumann, Jung’s exceptional successor, has charted this evolution during the myths and rituals of successive stages of culture.

The writer enlarges upon Jung’s and Neumann’s findings via displaying that the evolution of attention should have happened no longer via genetic choice as with that of the collective subconscious, yet via one other kind of common choice: that propagated via tradition itself.

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Qxd 111 2 3 4 5 6 711 8 9 10 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 211 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 30 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 911 2/19/08 4:16 PM Page 25 CHAPTER TWO The evolution of consciousness The unconscious as stepchild M aintaining that he was an empiricist, a votary of medical science, Jung refused generally to speculate on matters beyond his power to observe. He held to this position because of the obvious danger for an inquirer into psychology of being taken as a spinner of strange and untestable theories, of being accused, as he said, of “mysticism” (Jung, 1958 [1936/37], par.

The crystalline lattice is not discernible in the mother fluid, but upon crystallization there occurs a unique, distinctive pattern. Further, while the crystalline patterns of a given substance are all alike, no two are identical. So it is with the expressions of the archetypes. What is inherited is the disposition to form certain images. Thus, while across times and cultures there is a tremendous diversity in mythic material, the patterns are everywhere the same. Here it may be also a good idea to confront head-on the problem of teleology, so as to avoid, if possible, distracting the reader who may be reflexively put off by the whiff of it.

We have not allowed ourselves to inquire openly into the matter and our feelings about it, because it would be difficult or painful to do so. Thus, we see in that we most dislike just what we find abhorrent in ourselves, as in the case of the two little examples with which I began this book. For another example, a person who insists adamantly upon a point, say of religion, might carry as a part of the Shadow unacknowledged doubts antithetical to that conscious stance. Because these doubts, though unconscious, nevertheless exist, there may attach a certain shrillness to the person’s insistence on the point.

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