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Jung and Pauli

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Jung's insistence that the Ground of Being is also the origin of evil was not gnostic, as he thought, but is in accordance with the most primitive form of the Christian religion we know, Judaic Christianity. In private conversation he would admit that this was true. These ideas of Jung profoundly influenced Wolfgang Pauli. He was an active member of the Jung circle in Zürich. He was critical of Jung, whose quotations he distrusted. But, together with Jung, he published a book on the relationship between psychology and the sciences, The Interpretation of Nature and the Psyche. In this book, Jung wrote about synchronicity, an indirect demonstration of God; Pauli argued that the imaginative thinking of the alchemist Robert Fludd was just as valid and true as the analytical thinking of modern scientists. Pauli was among the audience when the discovery of the Jung Codex was announced.

Keywords: gnostic; Jung; Wolfgang Pauli



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