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Reply To: Archetypal-Mechanics from an Unseen Aid,” with Craig Deininger, Ph.D.”


Day’s work done, so wanted to come back on and continue. Since didn’t hear back from you for potential directions, I reckoned I’d spend some time on the what you mentioned you are working on, and to me is sounds very intriguing and valuable. In your words:

“an explication of how Jung’s hypothesis of the archetype and the principle of synchronicity anticipate the later developments in complexity science and the mathematics of category theory. In other words, the archetype and synchronicity are intuitive notions of that which became rigorously defined and proved such as strange attractors in dynamic systems, emergence of order from chaos, self-organization, etc.”

And then you continue addressing that through these disciplines we may get a better sense of whether or not archetypes are deduced, although that direction is less intriguing to me than the so many other potential discoveries awaiting you in your inquiry—and by the way, I also am intrigued by this not only because archetype and synchronicity are favorites of mine, but because you’re bringing in, like you mentioned earlier, multidisciplinary approach. And I am sold on that, too. To a mythologist: multidisciplinary approach is like meta-amplification. And if not meta-, then mega-amplification. So you mention disciplines like mathematics (a field which excels at being clear and unambiguous—and usually I laud ambiguity, coming from a literature-ish angle, but I think the mathematics’ value is its precision and non-ambiguity, which speak to the necessary (clear) structure for ambiguity (I could go on from a poetry-angle on clarity in ambiguity, but back to the math, somewhat, like all that great stuff on imaginary and irrational numbers, which I know only a little about)(And I go on about this, because I am hoping that you might show me where mathematics stretches beyond itself into the likes of ambiguity, intuition, and all that stuff that I like to camp out in.)

Speaking of which, it was your key phrase: “In other words, the archetype and synchronicity are intuitive notions…” (I can’t speak to the “strange attractors in dynamic systems” in chaos theory, etc.—had to look that part up, sounds awesome: that strange attractors predict “the formation of semi-stable patterns..” ) And again, ‘semi-stable’ is what captures my intrigue there. Something ambiguous. Or clearly unambiguous in that it occupies both stable and unstable, uh, dimensions, maybe?

Anyway, it sounds like a great direction to me. But back to what originally captured my attention: ‘archetype and synchronicity as intuitive notions.’ And I suppose you’re on a great track if it leads into intuitive terrain, into terrains that involve “semi-.” Would love to hear some of your take on the relationship between archetype/synchronicity and intuition, with emphasis on the “intuition” part. Though, I must confess I am being selfish, as this latter is way up on my list of favorites.