Sean Quigley

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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.
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Sean Quigley
Posted over 1 year ago
What is the Collective Unconscious exactly?
Well here's my 2 cents.. It seems Jung's collective unconscious is one of those "not even false" things, as we can't prove it directly by current means, but at the same time can't disprove it as there is no method allowing it's testability in its theory. So I guess it comes down to something completely related to it: the nature of consciousness. Philosophy of mind has been debated by scientists and philosophers alike for centuries. Due to the nature of consciousness, it has no definite physical blueprint yet. We can only link some some mental processes to physical processes; we have yet to come even close to mapping the whole spectrum of mental states and processes to physical states/processes. It seems that the complexity of consciousness will be out of reach for many years, if not indefinitely, as some speculate it can never be known by science due to its subjective nature. It can't be denied that all our conscious experiences are unique. We all feel and see things differently, this is very true, but what we can't prove yet is a physical cause to this mental state. It is a very difficult thing to measure: how pain feels to one person from another, how we see color, etc. So this current state of affairs certainly does leave enough room for speculation as to the nature of consciousness and its relation to physical states. So in light of what I've seen, here and there, It really does come down to personal philosophy. A lot of scientists think consciousness is just like many things in history that for years were thought to be untouchable by science, like aether being the material which makes up the space above our atmosphere until we figured out how light travels in space (as it was presumed light needed a substance to travel through), and the shift from Ptolemaic to Copernican models of the universe. Others propose the true nature of consciousness can never be known to man, so it becomes a semantic matter of understanding.
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Sean Quigley
Posted over 1 year ago
What is the Collective Unconscious exactly?
All of this has been very informative. I think the "collective" is definitely real, and that it does represent a part of our minds that is completely separate and hidden from normal unconscious activity. So I feel confident that it is real and its effects can be felt. Whether or not it is something genetic or biological, or something outside of science*, I am still unsure. No one can convince me either way. I am going to have to reread Jung's works carefully sometime. I am not really a spiritual person... but I like the idea; kind of like telepathic twins. There is actually evidence for that. That kind of stuff is cool. *outside of current science
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Sean Quigley
Posted over 1 year ago
What is the Collective Unconscious exactly?
I like hearing evidence from both sides. Both Modern Science and the more controversial Gnostic side. They both hold meaning to me, as I am hesitant to be totally atheist towards our existence. I feel slightly compromised, as I would really like to believe there is something "special" about me, or us. I find it better not to indulge in this wishful thinking however. As it IS, just that.
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Sean Quigley
Posted over 1 year ago
I need help with a dilemma: What does it mean to be American? And Why does it work?
You are right, a lot of the information I stated was unsubstantiated. Thank you for reminding me to do my research before I state things as if they were fact. I edited that fluff out. The fact that I will stand by is that the America envisioned by its founders is slipping away from our view each day. Is this truly the result of greedy lobbyist and corporations, or the result of a necessary shift in response to a changing and rapidly developing world? I can't truthfully know. It is hard to see the true motives of politicians.
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Sean Quigley
Posted over 1 year ago
I need help with a dilemma: What does it mean to be American? And Why does it work?
Being American used to mean something. Let me assure you that nowadays it means nothing. America is mostly controlled by the wealthiest white people in the world; yes white people. Multinational corporations would like to take our rights away so they can exploit us for profit. Same with the govermnent though the government doesn't need to be as subtle about it. America started off great: the first real democracy; but is evolving into something worse: a mock democracy. The founding fathers are rolling over in their graves no doubt. If men like that were still in power, it would be truly different. America fell out of the hands of visionaries into greedy lobbyists.