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PSYCHE=SINGULARITY: A COMPARISON OF CARL JUNG’S TRANSPERSONAL PSYCHOLOGY AND LEONARD SUSSKIND’S HOLOGRAPHIC STRING THEORY

ABSTRACT In this dissertation I discern what Carl Jung calls the mandala image of the ultimate archetype of unity underlying and structuring cosmos and psyche by  pointing out parallels between his transpersonal psychology and Stanford
 physicist Leonard Susskind’s string theory. Despite his atheistic, material
istically reductionist interpretation of it,
I demonstrate how Susskind’s string theory of
holographic information conservation at the event horizons of black holes, and the cosmic horizon of the universe, corroborates the following four topics about which Jung wrote: (1) his near-death experience of the cosmic horizon after a heart attack in 1944; ( 2) his equation relating psychic energy to mass,
“Psyche=highest intensity in the smallest space”
(1997, 162), which I translate into the equation, Psyche=Singularity; (3) his theory that the mandala, a circle or sphere with a central point, is the symbolic image of the ultimate archetype of unity through the union of opposites, which structures both cosmos
and
 psyche, and which rises spontaneously from the collective unconscious to compensate a conscious mind torn by irreconcilable demands (1989, 334-335, 396-397); and (4)
his theory of synchronicity. I argue that Susskind’s inside
-out black hole model of our Big Bang universe forms a geometrically perfect mandala: a central

 v Singularity encompassed by a two-dimensional sphere which serves as a universal
memory bank. Moreover, in precise fulfillment of Jung’s theory, Susskind used
that mandala to reconcile the notoriously incommensurable paradigms of general relativity and quantum mechanics, providing in the process a mathematically
 plausible explanation for Jung’s near
-death experience of his past, present, and
future life simultaneously at the cosmic horizon. Finally, Susskind’s theory also
 provides a plausible c
osmological model to explain Jung’s theory of
synchronicity
 —
meaningful coincidences may be tied together by strings at the
cosmic horizon, from which they radiate inward as the holographic “movie” of
our three-dimensional world...

PSYCHE=SINGULARITY: A COMPARISON OF CARL JUNG’S TRANSPERSONAL PSYCHOLOGY AND LEONARD SUSSKIND’S HOLOGRAPHIC STRING THEORY | Tod Desmond - Academia.edu


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