Month: April 2006

Is Hegel an Alien?

Jung Speaks With Mountain Lake

In Jung’s autobiography, Memories, Dreams and Reflections, he describes his encounter with the Native American chief, Mountain Lake, of the Taos pueblos in New Mexico in 1932:

Jung on Freud

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Jung’s Statements About Suicide

Jung mentions suicide in his letters, often in response to specific questions regarding suicide from correspondents. It is here that we find Jung had quite specific notions of suicide and viewed the act as wasteful. Yet, the connection between his own clients and suicide goes unmentioned. Jung’s strongest statement is made to a “Mrs. N.”, ...

Recent Reading List

Future Psychological Evolution, by John Stewart Evolutions Arrow, by John Stewart Evolutionary Psychology: An Emerging Integrative Perspective Within The Science And Practice Of Psychology, by Leif Edward Ottesen Kennair Evolutionary Psychology: A Primer, by Leda Cosmides & John Tooby Online Papers on Consciousness, compiled by David Chalmers Studying the Evolutionary Development of Species, NPR Recent ...

The Worst President in History?

There is a great article in this month’s Rolling Stone by the respected Princeton University historian, Sean Wilentz. He looks at the Bush administration from several angles. I’m most concerned about the current rage of uncritcal thinking and outdated views on science and Wilentz. From the article: “While forcing federally funded agencies to remove from ...

Does Personality Testing Work?

Over the course of the past century, psychology has been consumed with the search for magical tests that will reliably predict someone’s personality. Hermann Rorschach proposed that great meaning lay in the way that people described inkblots. The creators of the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory believed in the revelatory power of true-false items such as ...

Scientific Savvy? In U.S., Not Much

This article is from the New York Times (August 30, 2005). The most striking thing from this article by Cornelia Dean may be that 20% of Americans think that the Sun goes around the Earth: When Jon D. Miller looks out across America, which he can almost do from his 18th-floor office at Northwestern University ...

Why Sex?

“Sex — it gives us diseases, sucks away our energy, clouds our judgment and doesn’t even transfer our genes that efficiently anyway. So why have humans and most other animals evolved this bizarre, slightly dirty quirk of sexual reproduction? Why haven’t we all taken Woody Allen’s advice, and evolved to reproduce with someone we love, ...

Archetypal Memory and the Genetic Paradigm

John Ryan Haule is leading some of the most interesting discussions on evolutionary psychology from a Jungian perspective: “Jung dreamed the dream of the biological and human sciences at a time before a synthesis of those disciplines was possible. And he did so with amazing prescience. By the hundredth anniversary of his birth, evidence was ...

Flock of Dodos

If a Harvard-trained evolutionary biologist makes a film about creationism’s cousin, intelligent design, and calls it “Flock of Dodos,” you know who he’s talking about, right? (more…)

Study Challenges Rush to Medicate

A USC review of published research has found no evidence that early episodes of schizophrenia without medication result in long-term harm for patients. (more…)

Depression Untreatable with Medication

Antidepressants fail to cure the symptoms of major depression in half of all patients with the disease. (more…)

Fish Fossil Discovery

Researchers report that they’ve found a key fossil showing a step in the evolutionary transition from fish with fins to four-legged animals that could crawl out onto dry land. Ira Flatow talks to a researcher about the find. Source: NPR: Fish Fossil Discovery

Testing for Telepathy

“By means of thought, we are able to obtain all the elements we need from the universe and to reach all the beings we want to contact. Yes, through… Original post by Richard G. Petty, MD

The Gospel of Judas

This week in Washington D.C., National Geographic released the The Gospel of Judas to the public. It has been translated from the original Coptic. This is an exciting time for Biblical archeologists and a troubling time for the orthodoxy because of the contents for the new gospel.

Religious Attendance Extends Life

Weekly religious attendance nearly as effective as statins and exercise in extending life, study finds. In a study comparing the associations between faith and health, a University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) physician has shown the improvements in life expectancy of those who attend religious services on a weekly basis to be comparable to those ...

The Role of Dreams in Evolution

This paper presents an evolutionary argument for the role of dreams in the development of human cognitive processes. While a theory by Revonsuo (2000) proposes that dreams allow for threat rehearsal and therefore provide an evolutionary advantage, the goal of this paper is to extend this argument by commenting on other fitness-enhancing aspects of dreams. ...