Atom, Archetype, and the Invention of Synchronicity: How Iconic Psychiatrist Carl Jung and Nobel-Winning Physicist Wolfgang Pauli Bridged. Jung’s is on synchronicity – nothing unexpected there. But Pauli’s was a real eye opener. He wrote on Johannes Kepler and explored how his. Mark Vernon: With physicist Wolfgang Pauli, Jung explored the link between the disparate realities of matter and mind.

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Jung, and the two great men had their first meeting in January, ppauli As she related the dream, Jung heard a tapping sound on the office window, which was caused by a very large insect flying repeatedly against the glass.

She couldn’t stop thinking about the coincidence.

Synchronistic events are erratic, sporadic and arbitrary because they are dependent on an archetypal situation enabled in the observer. Synchronicity was and continues to be a prime target for criticism of Jung that for decades bordered on outright dismissal by many in the scientific and academic communities. While she was still telling me this dream, I heard something behind me gently tapping on the window.

Pauli intended to show how inner images initiate and guide the process of the formation of the scientific theory.

From moment to moment there is a rhythmic pulse between implicate and explicate realities. Other definitions of causality for example, the neo-Humean definition are concerned only with the relation of cause to effect.

These were very early days when Einstein was developing his first theory of relativity [and] It was he who first started me on thinking about pahli possible relativity of time as well as space, and their psychic conditionality.

Instead, synchronicity represents a real phenomenon, non-local.

Beyond synchronicity: the worldview of Carl Gustav Jung and Wolfgang Pauli.

In other projects Wikimedia Commons Wikiquote. He was interested in those phenomena which elude the grasp of reason and in exploring the meaning of the scientific enterprise in general.

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And unlike most psychologists, Syndhronicity seriously looked for an objective basis that modern physics might provide for his model of the psyche. It is well known that theoretical physicists cannot handle experimental equipment; it breaks whenever they touch it.


Jung himself and von Franz argued that statistics work precisely by ignoring what is unique about the individual case, whereas synchronicity tries to investigate that uniqueness. Well, how could a so little scientific phenomenon interest and stimulate the mind of a scientist sjnchronicity Pauli?

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Miller demonstrates that Jung provided insights which facilitated Pauli with his great contributions to science, notably the exclusion principle that bears his name, a linchpin of quantum physics. He could be said to have concluded that a conceptual leap forward occurs when an archetype constellates, that is to say when an implicit potentiality — in this case the quaternity — is instantiated in a solution to the problem concerned.

It occurred about nine one morning, when she was walking her dog. Jung and Pauli’s common reflections went far beyond psychology and physics, entering into the realm where the two areas meet in the philosophy of nature. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Articles with short description Articles containing German-language text All articles lacking reliable references Articles lacking reliable references from December CS1 German-language sources de Wikipedia articles with GND identifiers.

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Journal of Analytical Psychology50, — Jung — Lettera a Pauli del 4 maggio — in: I handed the beetle to my patient with the words, “Here is your scarab. Pauli was a Jekyll and Hyde character, a Nobel theorist by day and sometime drunk womaniser by night. The culmination of Jung’s lifelong engagement with the paranormal is his syynchronicity of synchronicity, the view that the structure of reality includes a principle of acausal connection which manifests itself most conspicuously in the form of meaningful coincidences.


Two Aspects of the One Reality Pauli and Jung agreed that matter and psyche should be understood as complementary aspects of the same reality, which is governed by common ordering principles: I suspect this would have made Jung very unhappy. One year later he synchdonicity to Zurich and stayed there for the rest of his life, until It left her feeling ” energised and strange”, a flow that kept bubbling up until she channelled it, producing the short story.

Division and reduction of symmetry, this then the kernel of the brute! The other half is the revealing of the archetypal basis of the terms actually applied in modern physics. Both men benefited personally and professionally from the relationship, although Jung perhaps suffered more negative consequences in the end. It is evident that the synchronicity, as understood by Jung, could not be defined in the usual sense of physical science since sycnhronicity only makes sense at the moment when an individual lives the experience and therefore not reproducible as such.

Because of this quality of simultaneity, I have picked on the term “synchronicity” to designate a hypothetical factor equal in rank to causality as a principle of explanation. Loading comments… Trouble loading? In his book Synchronicity Jung tells the following story as an example of a synchronistic event:. He had gathered instances of the same move across a range of human activities, from geometry to theology.