Synchronicity: An Acausal Connecting Principle
Jung's only extended work in the field of parapsychology aims, on the one hand, to incorporate the findings of "extrasensory perception" (ESP) research into a general scientific point of view and, on the other, to ascertain the nature of the psychic factor in such phenomena. While he had advanced the "synchronicity" hypothesis as early as the 1920s, Jung gave a full statem...more
The first problem is his reliance on research by Joseph Rhine, who coined the term 'parapsychology' to describe his studies. Throughout his career, Rhine's work was plagued with errors, and his ESP experiments were so poorly-designed as to be useless.
To produce good results me ...more
Secondly, this book is nothing short of a fascinating read, despite its flaws.
It is important to mention that Jung was apparently fascinated by Einstein's theory of relativity and the idea that time and space are relative and only become factual when observed consciously, Schopenhauer's attempt at illustrating two modes of events, the first being causal chains and the second, and more relevant to Jung's idea of synchron ...more
My reading of the book was motivated by a recent strikingly synchronistic experience of my own. And it seems to me that my actual reading of the book is somehow, in turn, entangled with both this earlier synchronistic experience and also with subsequent events and experiences...
I purposefully use the word "entangled" because I'm quite open to the possibility that a co ...more
In the course of the last 9 months I've become very familiar with the concept of Synchronicity from my own experience. Slowly I began noticing it, then there was a phase when I thought it was all just a false impression, then it became too obvious to deny it and after the first quirky phases of acceptance I've made friends with it. Sure, each of those events could easily be attributed to chance or some psychological bias, but when the peculiarity and unlikeliness grows and the frequen ...more
1) Natural laws are statistical truths, which means that they are completely valid only when we are dealing with macrophysical quantities.
2) The philosophical principle that underlies our conception of natural law is causality.
3) Their [Acausal events] existence - or at least their possibility - follows logically from the premise of s ...more
Mesmerized by the hypnotic drumming of Stewart Copeland, the iconic, raspy vocals of Sting, and the captivating guitar riffs of Andy Summers, Jung would use the trio’s music as an aid for his active imagination sessions, whereby he woul ...more
The first problem is that the book is not well organized. He kind of slides into the definition and "evidence" rather than presenting it in what I woul ...more
Would have loved to have dinner with Jung. So learned and yet so open to possibilities he didn't fully understand. ...more
Fun. Science and Spirit merge in Jung’s thorough discussion of various ancient to modern approaches to attempting to understand synchronicity. Mentions of Synesius and Paracelsus, among many other great Knowers. I wish I could say I understood the statistical analysis of his experimental method… I recommend https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/5... and https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2... as great parallel discussions. It is fun to track personal synchronicities while reading these.
On synch ...more
At one point in the dream, we leave for the actual conference, and we head down some stairs towards a very dark underground passage. I remember I forgot my things, and head back to get them. I grab my Kindle, and notice that flam ...more
Synchronicity is the experience of two or more events that are apparently causally unrelated or unlikely to occur together by chance, yet are experienced as occurring together in a meaningful manner.
For example: You learn someone close to y ...more
This book was based off Jung's attempt to prove things that are basically unprovable, for example, that our dreams may contain some hidden inner knowing of what is to happen sometime in the near future, and that it can, for the most part, be proved by chance or synchronicity. ...more