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Flying Saucers: A Modern Myth of Things Seen in the Sky (Routledge Classics) 2nd Edition

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ISBN-10: 0415278376
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'A book that no one seriously interested in the subject can afford to ignore.' - Punch

'Convincing and impressive.' - New Statesman

About the Author

Carl Gustav Jung (1875-1961). Founded the analytical school of psychology and developed a radical new theory of the unconscious.

Product Details

  • Series: Routledge Classics
  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Psychology Press; 2 edition (June 10, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415278376
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415278379
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.4 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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By D. A. Caruso on May 21, 2006
Format: Paperback
In the book's title, the word "myth" refers to a psychological framework or imagery, not 'falsehood'. Jung's premise is that whether the phenomenon of UFOs is physically real or not, it is very important; because if it is real, then its importance is obvious, and if its not real -- but thousands of people all over the world are saying they are seeing UFOs -- then that is also very significant.

Jung explores, then, the psychological meaning of the UFOs. He compares the shape of the UFO to the mandala image, or the archetypal image of the Self. He explores various art that has UFOs or strange objects in the sky as a theme, found in art of ancient and in modern history.

Jung also analyzes some stories or tales that have appeared in the modern literature, for instance, a man who says the space beings gave him spiritual enlightenment, or a science fiction writer telling a tale of a great black cloud approaching Earth, or a tale of mysterious children with extraordinary mental abilities. All of these tales have meaning that exposes the underlying psychological dynamics of our present culture and way of life, the deeper significance of which is not well understood.

This book is an important book not only because it exhibits the visionary thinking of a widely-respected psychologist and philosopher, but because the phenomenon is a significant part of our culture, and the way we relate to it says a lot about our civilization at the current time. Therefore, the psychological significance of the UFOs is an important topic of study for anyone who would try to gain insight into the unprecedented and rapid changes our society is undergoing at the present time.
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