Sean Quigley Posted over 1 year ago What is the Collective Unconscious exactly? Here's my opinion: consciousness is something born out of physical states, and thus relies on a specific structure of the brain leading to it's development and existence. But from there I think the mind is something linked to but separate from the physical brain, as they both seem to influence each other, the brain through physical states, and the mind through mental states, both effecting chemical and mental changes in each other. So the physical structure of the brain allowed for the existence of the mind, but did not directly create it, hence my view could be described as Strong Emergentism, which is a subset of [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philosophy_of_mind] Property Dualism. [/url] Thus, my belief is that physical events can bear non-physical events (which are called mental properties in Property Dualism) not fully explainable by their physical origin, hence consciousness, and a collective unconscious, existing alongside our known physical structures.