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Thursday, February 3, 2011

Synchronicity

Carl Jung's concept of Synchronicity as a relationship between ideas/concepts
Synchronicity is a fascinating concept that C. G. Jung gave a lot of consideration to, and Arthur Koestler did a lot of development in regards to. So have quite a few others who've followed after these intellectual titans.

In a nutshell, Synchronicity is all about a sort of quantum mechanics-like spooky action at a distance sort of process that takes place within/among human minds/consciousness whereby ideas and concepts can manifest simultaneously in multiple places at once. Consider the invention of radio and whether it was Edison or Marconi or whomever who really got there first. Some ideas are so powerful and dynamic in their own right that they are going to happen with or without the cooperation of those who are attuned to them or supposedly acting as a receiver or channel for them. Concepts, ideas, these abstract things that come into manifest expression via human agency might have a will, even a form of consciousness of their own--they might well be players in their own right, and not just sterile commodities or passive psychological resources.

Ideas may have their own ideas. Ideology might well function within an abstract ecology that we have yet to really fathom, let alone appreciate or begin to effectively explore and exploit meaningfully.

Can Synchronicity be harnessed to serve as a strange new form of technology? Can we initiate a dialogue with the abstract forces that impose ideas upon our minds and perhaps enter into a more effective, more mutually beneficial sort of collaboration with these things instead of relying on the stone age level of hoping for inspiration, courting Muses and madness? Can creativity become a factual, quantifiable science? Should it?

Intriguing territory for speculation, don't you think?

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