Theos-World Re: Synchronicity pre C.G.Jung.
Feb 05, 2002 04:06 PM
--- In theos-talk@y..., "bri_mue" <bri_mue@y...> wrote:
> The oriental mind conceives of time as circular, Jung's
> Synchronicity however, makes the statement that somehow the two
> things that are alike coincide or those bearing a resemblance
> belong to the same archetype.
Do you frequently make it a habit of assuming what the author meant?
I was referring to http://www.iging.com/
Out of Jung's own mouth, see http://www.iging.com/intro/foreword.htm :
"...This assumption involves a certain curious principle that I have
termed synchronicity, a concept that formulates a point of view
diametrically opposed to that of causality. Since the latter is a
merely statistical truth and not absolute, it is a sort of working
hypothesis of how events evolve one out of another, whereas
synchronicity takes the coincidence of events in space and time as
meaning something more than mere chance, namely, a peculiar
interdependence of objective events among themselves as well as with
the subjective (psychic) states of the observer or observers."
"The ancient Chinese mind contemplates the cosmos in a way comparable
to that of the modern physicist, who cannot deny that his model of
the world is a decidedly psychophysical structure. The microphysical
event includes the observer just as much as the reality underlying
the I Ching comprises subjective, i.e., psychic conditions in the
totality of the momentary situation. Just as causality describes the
sequence of events, so synchronicity to the Chinese mind deals with
the coincidence of events. The causal point of view tells us a
dramatic story about how D came into existence: it took its origin
from C, which existed before D, and C in its turn had a father, B,
etc. The synchronistic view on the other hand tries to produce an
equally meaningful picture of coincidence. How does it happen that
A', B', C', D', etc., appear all in the same moment and in the same
place? It happens in the first place because the physical events A'
and B' are of the same quality as the psychic events C' and D', and
further because all are the exponents of one and the same momentary
situation. The situation is assumed to represent a legible or
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