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Jung and the Modern Evolutionary Synthesis.

Carl Jung, Darwin of the Mind is addressed to the general intellectual reader. It is both for readers who want to know more about Carl Jung’s psychology and for those who are skeptical of it. One of its objectives is to convince such readers, as well as psychologists and philosophers, to take Jung’s work seriously -- not in the woolly way one often finds in pop-psychological treatments of Jung, but philosophically, and particularly with respect to the plausibility of the idea that the Modern Evolutionary Synthesis supports the notion of a collective unconscious.

The Evolution of Consciousness.

But what about consciousness? According to Jung it developed out of the collective unconscious; yet, unlike the collective unconscious, it is too late an arrival upon the scene to have a genetic base, developed through natural selection. Jung’s brilliant successor, Erich Neumann, was able to trace the advance of consciousness through successive expressions of Jungian archetypes, as recorded in the myth and ritual of culture, through history. Pursuing these findings, Carl Jung, Darwin of the Mind proposes that consciousness evolved non-genetically through a special sort natural selection -- that among cultural styles.

Jung and the Spiritual Void.

Finally, this book suggests an intellectual platform upon which a person sensible of a spiritual void in the modern world might build. Science is not intended to, nor will it in its present form, afford a predicate for spiritual fulfillment, and the present state of organized religion worldwide leaves hungry many educated, reflective people. This is to say that the encounter between the power to convince of secular science and the literalism of religious doctrine has left the spirit in an uncertain place in our times.
   In consequence there appears widely to be a desire, and indeed a need, for a spiritual element, a sense of meaning, presently missing in many peoples’ lives. Anyone sensible of this need might be warranted in looking to psychology -- as such a need is a psychological fact -- both to probe the ground of the contemporary malaise and perhaps to come upon a more relevant cosmology.

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