By Thomas T. Lawson
Carl Jung: Darwin of the brain is a assessment and a proof of Jung’s proposal set in an evolutionary context.
Jung explored the human psyche all through his lengthy existence. His writings complex on imagery that may be present in rituals, myths and fables world wide in addition to within the desires, visions and fantasies of his sufferers and himself. Jung pursued universal threads of intending to the purpose of turning into deeply versed within the esoterica of japanese mysticism, Gnosticism, and alchemy.
Taken jointly, Jung’s works improve a coherent idea approximately how the psyche is built, together with an concept of ways recognition emerged as part of it. the writer demonstrates that Jung’s suggestion of a collective subconscious based by way of archetypes meshes good with accredited perspectives of evolution and will be squared with the main rigorous technology of this present day. So taken, Jung’s paintings is of unmatched explanatory energy and opens new vistas for knowing who we're and the way we functionality.
It is accredited that every thing in biology may be defined via Darwinian evolution other than the human brain. Jung’s conception contemplates that the collective subconscious advanced via usual choice simply as intuition did. From this uniform, inherited subconscious, realization arose and the speedy enlargement of attention during the last 6000 years could be traced within the quite a few cultures during which it's been embodied. certainly, Erich Neumann, Jung’s extraordinary successor, has charted this evolution in the course of the myths and rituals of successive stages of tradition.
The writer enlarges upon Jung’s and Neumann’s findings via exhibiting that the evolution of recognition should have happened now not 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 40 111 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 1 2 3 4 5 6 711 8 9 20 1 2 3 4 511 6 7 8 9 311 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 911 2/19/08 4:16 PM Page 40 CARL JUNG, DARWIN OF THE MIND a greater effect on our daytime moods and actions than we tend to believe. ” And what of Dorothy when she wakes from the dream of The Wizard of Oz? Must she not have felt braver, stronger, more worldly? It may be that one cannot overcome life’s problems with a song, but the unconscious mind is unstintingly at work. A constant beneath the surface address to the problems faced by the ego may shape the way it apprehends them.
This principle—which in psychic processes appears to us as the archetype of the Self—is, he believed, of the character of mind or spirit, as opposed to matter. If matter were ordered by this principle, it follows that mind alters matter. Remember, Jung argues that this is no more strange to think than that matter can create mind. Jung wrestled with the problem of an apparent “meaningfulness” in events. qxd 2/19/08 4:16 PM Page 23 INTRODUCTION 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 23 in a game of chance “produced” by “concentration”, an impression of deja vu, a correspondence between a dream and a subsequent occurrence, to mention small things; a sense of destiny’s fulﬁlling itself, to mention a large one.
Things, events, impressions are not always clear-cut. Ambiguities creep in. Our fears and desires cloud our perceptions. The eager ﬁsherman thinks he sees the dimple of the rising trout in what is in actuality only a swirl of the current. Witnesses to the same event give conflicting reports. The mind is a mediator of experience; it ﬁlters it, translates it, allegorizes it, twists and even falsiﬁes it (Jung, 1960 , par. 623). This may be why we repress the unconscious so vigorously: it unseats our objective picture of the world.
Carl Jung, Darwin of the mind by Thomas T. Lawson