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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However, some proponents of synchronicity question whether it is even sensible in principle to try to evaluate synchronicity statistically. Wolfgang Pauli was a most critical theoretical physicist with profound insight as well as a deep thinker. Synchronicity knocked down a fundamental physical principle: The corresponding relations between the two fields formed the ore of the Jung-Pauli dialogue. He could be said to have concluded that a conceptual leap forward occurs when an archetype constellates, that is to say when an implicit potentiality — in this case the quaternity — is instantiated in a solution to the problem concerned.

The answer to this is that acausal events may be expected most readily where, on closer reflection, a causal connection appears to be inconceivable. Collected Works 18 London,36, One does not know what to admire moste: Pauli was such a good theoretical physicist that something usually broke in the lab whenever he merely stepped across the threshold.

She presumed someone needed directions. Beitman “Coincidence Studies: Jung coined the word “synchronicity” to describe “temporally coincident occurrences of acausal events.

Carl Jung, part 6: Synchronicity

However, apart from the breakthroughs such intuitions produced, Pauli had reason to trust that the world was odder than he might otherwise think. International Journal of Jungian Studies6.


And yet, the record shows that Pauli was actually at synchrnicity time engaged in study of paranormal events, examining them with Jung in the context of their work on synchronicity. Quoted in Henry p.

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. Luckily for modern pauoi, Diana Athill did so too.

Synchronicity – Wikipedia

As such, they are compatible with synchronicity. A famous example of this is the fact that human face recognition is so robust, and based on such a basic synchronicify essentially two dots and a line contained in a circlethat human beings are very prone to identify faces in random data all through their environment, like the “man in the moon”, or faces jujg wood grain, an example of the visual form of apophenia known as pareidolia.

On the positive side, the collaboration between these two men illustrates the power of a non-reductive approach to scientific exploration. Archived from the original on So, lab tests will inevitably miss what they seek to verify. Confirmation bias is of interest in the teaching of critical thinkingas the skill is misused if rigorous critical scrutiny is applied only to evidence that challenges a preconceived idea, but not to evidence that supports it.

Synchronicity: the encounter between the psychoanalyst Jung and the physicist Pauli

Wikiquote has quotations related to: This implies that the archetypes are elements of a realm beyond matter and psyche. It is fascinating to follow how these two intellectual giants argue from different sides to find mutual enlightment [ sic ]. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Likewise, in psychology and sociology, the term apophenia is used for the mistaken detection of a pattern or meaning in random or meaningless data.


Within the philosophical worldview arising from Jung and Pauli’s discussions about synchronicity, there are many symbolic aspects that go against mainstream science and that represent a sort of criticism to some of the commonly held views of present day science.

Particularly the last one of these criteria makes clear that synchronistic phenomena are psycho-physical phenomena, and that they are intractable by any science dealing with psyche or matter alone. This principle states that physical processes may not have immediate effect on the synxhronicity elements of reality at sybchronicity location, separate from the one in which they occur.

While exploring the phenomena of synchronicity, Carl Gustav Jung became acquainted with the quantum physicist Wolfgang Pauli and eventually began a collaboration with him.

Virtual realities and the emergence of the psyche. Other definitions of causality for example, the neo-Humean jkng are concerned only with the relation of cause to effect. An Acausal Connecting Principle. In his book Synchronicity Jung tells the following story as an example of a synchronistic event:. Some argue this shift xynchronicity essential to bringing theoretical coherence to Jung’s earlier work. If only the two divine contenders—Christ and the devil—could notice that they have grown so much more symmetrical!

Together with Bohr, Heisenberg and Dirac, Wolfgang Pauli was on of the principal creators of quantum mechanics and soon he became renowned for his fundamental original contribution on quantum field theory and for his role of living conscience of theoretical physics.