The Police - Synchronicity 1 + lyrics





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Uploaded on Nov 26, 2010

The Police introduce their large international audience to a concept, which was developed by the Swiss psychiatrist C. G. Jung (1875- 1961) — a concept which has remained, even to a great number of those familiar with Jung's intricate psychology - esoteric knowledge.

Jung, who was the founder of Analytical Psychology, first introduced the term synchronicity in 1930. His principal essay on this subject "Synchronicity: An Acausal Connecting Principle"

The concept of synchronicity is based on the idea that the individual, through the unconscious, has access to an "absolute knowledge" which is not bound by the limitations of space or time. Jung's primary source of material for this hypothesis was to be found in his study of dreams especially those which were of a parapsychological nature.

The synchronicity phenomena indicate that the unconscious is able to transcend the space and time factors as they are known to us. With respect to the former, it would seem that space has been transcended when, for instance, one has an accurate inner knowledge, possibly in the form of a dream or fantasy, that a friend, who is living hundreds of miles away, has suddenly taken ill. This type of synchronistic experience is not at all uncommon. With respect to the time factor, it would seem that it too can be transcended. The synchronistic experiences which are of a precognitive character demonstrate this quite well.

Jung's concept of synchronicity provides, therefore, an image of a psyche which, not being restricted by the limitations of space and time, participates in the events of nature as a whole.

With the hypothesis of synchronicity, Jung felt he had achieved, from the point of view of psychology, an understanding of the nature of the phenomenal world that was analogous to that of modern physics. Both had achieved an understanding of reality that went beyond our everyday notions of solid bodies, empty space, cause and effect, space and time. Physics understanding of this new frontier was for the most part quantitative in that it was expressed mathematically. Jung's understanding was, in contrast to this, principally qualitative in that it addressed the problem of "meaningful parallels."
Both views, Jung had hoped, would eventually come together creating a new unified scientific model — a new world view linking the psychic and the physical. It is a scientific goal which, given the limited knowledge of psychology and physics, is at present unattainable.

Effect without a cause
Sub-atomic laws, scientific pause

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