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137: Jung Pauli and the Pursuit of a Scientific Obsession by Arthur I. Miller

By Arthur I. Miller

Title note: initially released in 2009, in hardcover as Deciphering the Cosmic quantity: The unusual Friendship of Wolfgang Pauli and Carl Jung

Is there a bunch on the root of the universe? A primal quantity that every little thing on the planet hinges on?

This query exercised many nice minds of the 20 th century, between them the groundbreaking physicist Wolfgang Pauli and the recognized psychoanalyst Carl Jung. Their obsession with the facility of definite numbers—including 137, which describes the atom’s fine-structure consistent and has nice Kabbalistic significance—led them to strengthen an not going friendship and to embark on a joint mystical quest achieving deep into medieval alchemy, dream interpretation, and the chinese language publication of adjustments.

137 explores the profound intersection of recent technology with the occult, yet particularly it's the story of a unprecedented, fruitful friendship among of the best thinkers of our occasions.

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In summa: That which becomes conscious is involved in causal relations which are entirely withheld from usthe sequence of thoughts, feelings, ideas in consciousness does not signify that this sequence is a causal sequence, but apparently it is so, to the highest degree. Upon this appearance we have founded our whole idea of spirit, reason, logic, etc. . [Consciousness} is not the directing agent, but an organ of the directing agent. (WP, #524,284) TOWARD THE UNTHOUGHT GROUND OF THOUGHT 35 Nietzsche's critique of the sovereignty of consciousness parallels Monet's exploration of the background ambient that brings objects to visibility yet remains itself invisible.

To establish such a frame is the business of the present chaptera labor that will require us to traverse the work of a large number of figures, from William James, Henri Bergson, and Friedrich Nietzsche, through Christian von Ehrenfels and Edmund Husserl, to Martin Heidegger and Maurice Merleau-Ponty We begin, however, with a topic apparently even more remote from Freud's metapsychological speculations: the paintings of Claude Monet. 17 Monet's Pursuit of the "Enveloppe" During the fall of 1890, while Freud was in Vienna completing the drafts of his first book, the monograph on aphasia, Claude Monet bought the plot of land in Giverny that became his base of operations for the final period of his work.

Especially when Monet's work is viewed from the angle we have adopted, Bazalgette's claim is a fair one. The implicit themes of Monet's Series were echoed in the intense intellectual ferment of thefin de siècle. It was in 1890 that William James finished his monumental two-volume Principles ofPsychology. Meanwhile in Paris, Bergson's Essay on the Immediate Givens of Consciousness had been published only a year earlier, to be followed in 1896 by Matter and Memory. In 1886, Nietzsche published Beyond Good and Evil, and in 1892 the first complete public edition of Thus Spake Zarathustra appeared, while 26 Freud as Pbitss,pher throughout the intervening years he wrote the notes that would be collected after his death under the title of The Will to Power.

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