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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.
Posted November 13, 2008
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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