Carl Jung, Darwin of the Mind [NOOK Book]

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"Carl Jung, Darwin of the Mind" is a review and an explanation of Jung's thought set in an evolutionary context. Jung explored the human psyche throughout his long life. His writings, of astonishing scope and depth, elaborate on imagery that can be found in rituals, myths and fables worldwide as well as in the dreams, visions and fantasies of his patients and himself. Jung pursued common threads of meaning to the point of becoming deeply versed in the esoterica of Eastern mysticism, Gnosticism, and alchemy. Taken collectively, Jung's works ...
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Overview

"Carl Jung, Darwin of the Mind" is a review and an explanation of Jung's thought set in an evolutionary context. Jung explored the human psyche throughout his long life. His writings, of astonishing scope and depth, elaborate on imagery that can be found in rituals, myths and fables worldwide as well as in the dreams, visions and fantasies of his patients and himself. Jung pursued common threads of meaning to the point of becoming deeply versed in the esoterica of Eastern mysticism, Gnosticism, and alchemy. Taken collectively, Jung's works develop a coherent theory about how the psyche is constructed, including an idea of how consciousness emerged as a part of it. The author demonstrates that Jung's concept of a collective unconscious structured by archetypes meshes well with accepted views of evolution and can be squared with the most rigorous science of today.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781780494111
  • Publisher: Karnac Books
  • Publication date: 1/16/2008
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 236
  • Sales rank: 518,587
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Thomas Lawson lives in the Virginia mountains, near Roanoke. He practiced law as a trial lawyer there for twenty-seven years. For the past fifteen years he has been writing, in pursuance of his interest in Carl Jung, and painting.
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Table of Contents

About the Author; Acknowledgements; 1) Introduction; 2) The Evolution of Consciousness; 3) Archetypes and the Collective Unconscious; 4) Individuation; 5) Synchronicity; 6) Conclusion; References; Index.

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  • Posted November 13, 2008

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    A Jungian Primer for the Educated Reader

    Psychology is too important to be left to specialists. It is something every inquiring person should want to know about. After all, only through the mind do we come to grips with anything. And the way our minds work informs everything we apprehend. Carl Jung, with his concepts of archetypes and the collective unconscious, mapped out the interworkings of the conscious and unconscious. Lawson's book provides us a sort of primer of Jungian psychology.<BR/><BR/>There is, however, much more to this book. Going beyond the proposition that the collective unconscious derived through Darwinian natural selection, Lawson offers a theory of how consciousness itself evolved. Like everything else, our consciousness must have a history, yet consciousness as we know it is too late an arrival on the scene to be the product of genetic natural selection. Lawson suggests an evolution of consciousness through a progression of cultural styles, selected for environmental fitness.<BR/><BR/>A rational basis for understanding the human psychic setup, supported by a theory of how it came about, affords us a new way of looking at the world, and perhaps a sounder means of addressing it morally. Accordingly, what is perhaps most compelling about Lawson's book is that, through its analysis of Jung's thought, it offers a link between science and spirituality. One may come away from it with a renewed sense that we are all of us brothers and sisters.

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