Archive for April, 2006

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 I’m most concerned about the current rage of uncritcal thinking and outdated views on science and Wilentz.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…)