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137: Jung Pauli and the Pursuit of a Scientific Obsession by Arthur I. Miller

By Arthur I. Miller

Title note: initially released in 2009, in hardcover as Deciphering the Cosmic quantity: The unusual Friendship of Wolfgang Pauli and Carl Jung

Is there a host on the root of the universe? A primal quantity that every thing on the planet hinges on?

This query exercised many nice minds of the 20 th century, between them the groundbreaking physicist Wolfgang Pauli and the well-known psychoanalyst Carl Jung. Their obsession with the facility of convinced numbers—including 137, which describes the atom’s fine-structure consistent and has nice Kabbalistic significance—led them to enhance an not going friendship and to embark on a joint mystical quest achieving deep into medieval alchemy, dream interpretation, and the chinese language publication of alterations.

137 explores the profound intersection of recent technology with the occult, yet specially it's the story of a rare, fruitful friendship among of the best thinkers of our occasions.

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And, of course, the recognition of the meaning of the oracle represents more than an increase in propositional knowledge—for Â�example, that I am the one who murdered his father [â•… 15â•… ] t h e l e c t u r e s and married his mother. It is the occasion for a more or less massive disruption of my sense of who I am; and a disorientation in a world that, until now, had been familiar. With this robust form of irony, the movement is in the opposite direction: a person gives a familiar designation to himself.

But if, in one’s blinkered view, Â�social pretense is all there is, then it is easy to view irony as it regularly is viewed. “Lear hasn’t handed in his grades—typical; and now he’s jabbering on about not knowing how to grade. Of course he knows how to grade; he’s just being ironic. ” To the socially embedded, it is precisely this manifestation [â•… 19â•… ] t h e l e c t u r e s of commitment that will appear as lack of commitment—perhaps as dissembling or as sarcasm. ) If we get away from misleading appearance, and try to capture what is Â�really going on with me, the language that suggests itself is that of Platonic Eros: I am struck by teaching—by an intimation of its goodness, its fundamental significance—and am filled with longing to grasp what it is and incorporate it into my life.

40 I take the mature Kierkegaard to be making fun of himself as a young man: The Concept of Irony, his Magister’s thesis, was written too much under the influence of Hegel, and thus focused one-sidedly on the negativity of irony. What we need to understand is how ironic activity can be as affirming as it is negating. Certainly, we need a better understanding of how it Â�could be that, though he spends his life undermining each particular pretense to virtue, Socrates never falls into nihilism, questioning the reality of human virtue.

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