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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 bunch on the root of the universe? A primal quantity that every little thing on the planet hinges on?

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

137 explores the profound intersection of recent technological know-how with the occult, yet exceptionally it's the story of a unprecedented, fruitful friendship among of the best thinkers of our instances.

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18 Emerson wrote this for himself. 20 Emerson’s position here was that the analyst may hope to be scientific but will inevitably fail. The Freud of Dora, by contrast, maintained the analyst could be scientific despite the secret, messy, and feminine stuff with which he dealt daily. ”21 Negotiating the divide between the necessarily secret nature of the case notes and the public, scientific quality of the published case was no doubt difficult for Emerson, as indeed it had been for Freud. Commentary: Sessions 1–80 The same difficulty would surface in Emerson’s tense relations with Psychopathic Hospital director E.

61 It is possible Rachel unconsciously summoned up the prohibiting mother-in-the-cloud as counter to Emerson’s insistent prodding, as the only means she had to control the pace and the content of her revelations. Further, not only did she admit to worshipping the mother (session ), but, through a number of sessions, she fused the mother with Jack, about whom she several times expressed a double wish—either that she could have never even known him on the one hand or that she could have had him completely on the other.

Freud’s paper, published in , opens with the case of a divorced middle-aged woman, suffering from anxiety states, reporting to him what another physician had told her—that lack of sexual satisfaction was the cause of her anxiety, that she would have to either return to her husband, take a lover, or satisfy herself, and that Freud would bear him out on this. Freud, while allowing that the woman’s account might have been distorted, launched an attack on the sort of loose and wild theorizing the second physician’s advice exemplified.

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