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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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.

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

While she was still telling me this dream, I heard something behind me gently tapping on the window. He turned to Jung when ;auli could no longer hold the competing aspects of his paauli together.

From a general point of view, the key-topic of the Jung-Pauli dialogue was the problem of psycho-physical relationships. He recalled the earlier incident and told his friends that only de Fontgibu was missing to make the setting complete — and in the same instant, the now-senile de Fontgibu entered the room, having got the wrong address.

Its Theory and Practice. Sceptics would no doubt ask that Pauli be placed in a lab and the effect tested for statistical significance.

This collection of letters between Jung and Pauli offers insightful information about a relationship that was valuable for both analytical psychology and quantum physics, two realms of investigation that at first seem to have no point of contact. Scholars are prone to enthusiastic and wholesale commitment to new approaches, and in this ujng such a response glosses over very real pitfalls in the synchroniciity.

Events connected by meaning need not have an explanation in terms of causality, which does not generally contradict the Axiom of Causality. Topics Psychology How to believe.


An Acausal Connecting Principle. Pauli intended to show how inner images initiate and guide the process of the formation of the scientific theory. Concept, first introduced by analytical psychologist Carl Jing, which holds that events are “meaningful coincidences”. Condivisione Fai clic qui per inviare l’articolo via mail ad un amico Si apre in una nuova finestra Fai clic qui per condividere su Twitter Si apre in una nuova finestra Fai clic per condividere su Facebook Si apre in una nuova finestra Fai clic qui per condividere su LinkedIn Si apre in una nuova finestra Fai clic qui per condividere su Pinterest Si apre in una nuova finestra.

It is a type of cognitive bias and jyng an error of inductive inferenceor is a form of selection bias toward confirmation of the hypothesis under study, or disconfirmation of an alternative hypothesis. In psychology and cognitive scienceconfirmation bias synchrnicity a tendency to search for or interpret new synchroniicty in a way that confirms one’s preconceptions, and avoids information and interpretations that contradict prior beliefs.

Synchronicity can also be seen in David Bohm ‘s theory of implicate order.


Jung and Pauli conjectured that they were dealing with a link between the apparently disparate realities of matter and mind. During that collaboration Jung’s study of synchronistic phenomena underwent a considerable change; prior to the collaboration, Jung had stressed mainly the phenomenological and empirical features of synchronistic phenomena, while in association with Pauli, he focused his attention upon their ontological, synchrobicity character.

He looked just like a lost friend and, further, the daring approach was just the kind of thing her friend would have done. It is well known that theoretical physicists cannot handle experimental equipment; it breaks whenever they touch it. Division and reduction of symmetry, this then the kernel of the brute!

Views Read Edit View history. Journal of Analytical Psychology50, — Causalitywhen defined expansively as for instance in the “mystic psychology” book The Kybalionor in the platonic Kant -style Axiom of Causalitystates that “nothing can happen without being caused.


In this, he is far from unusual: In the book published with Pauli, Jung presents an analogy of synchronicity through the ancient experience of the chinese I-Ching. The articles they published together in the volume The Interpretation of Nature and the Psyche Naturerklarung und Psyche — Jung and Pauli illustrate both their agreement and their differences pragmatically.

Heisenberg, Physics and Beyond. My example concerns a sybchronicity woman patient who, in spite of efforts made on both sides, proved to be psychologically inaccessible. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

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Carl Jung, part 6: Synchronicity

Fritz Levi, in his review in Neue Schweizer Rundschau New Swiss Observationscritiqued Jung’s theory of synchronicity as vague in determinability of synchronistic events, saying that Jung never synchronkcity explained his rejection of “magic causality” to which such an acausal principle as synchronicity would be related. Death and culture Parapsychology Scientific literacy. Well, how could a so little scientific phenomenon interest and stimulate the mind of a scientist as Pauli? Synchronicity as Spiritual Experience.

Jung used dreams out of this material for his Eranos lecture. It is reported that his very presence in the vicinity of the laboratory was sufficient to cause the breakdown of experimental equipment in most inexplicable ways. However, apart from the breakthroughs such intuitions produced, Pauli had reason to trust that the world was odder than he might otherwise think.

Jung wrote, after describing some examples, “When coincidences pile up in this way, one cannot help being impressed by them — for nung greater the number of terms in such a series, or the more unusual its character, the more improbable it becomes.