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"No Great Expectations, just Great Disappointments"
on March 7, 2006
"Pauli & Jung: The Meetings of Two Great Minds," David Lindorff, IL, Quest Books, 2004 ISBN: 0-8356-0837-9, HC 299/244 pgs., Notes 28 pgs., Apps. 8 pgs., Index 17 pgs., 9 1/4" x 6 1/4"
This Ph.D. author worked & taught eletrical enginnering, later a Jungian analyser for 24 years in New England. No previous books.
Chapter I stands alone to provide a meaningful chronology of the life & times of Wolfgang Friedrich Pauli (1900-1958), a child prodigy born in Vienna of Jewish parents but raised as Catholic. He studied at Univ. Munich, did physics research at Hamburg & later at Zurich's ETH. He soon became acquainted with renowned physicists as Bohr, Rabi, Born, Planck, Heisenberg, Fierz, Oppenheimer (visiting) & Einstein. At ETH he sought help in 1932 from C.G. Jung, psychologist, for despondency. When the Nazi anti-Semitism intensified, he left Europe for a position at Princeton's Institute for Advanced Studies in 1940, Einstein already arrived in 1933. Pauli received the 1945 Noble Prize in physics for discovery of the "exclusion principle."
MAJOR FLAW to my mind: - more than half of the treatise, nay 75%, deals with Pauli's recital of dreams spanning sme 25 years (periodically from 1932 - 1957) for Jung to analyze. So now we have embarked on a phantasmal supernatural & primordial journey into the imaginary discarnate world of apparition, archetypal imagery bearing a host of titular Greek names as 'manadala', "acausal connecting principle" of 'synchronicity' embracing ESP, anima/animus, where basic treatment involves introducing the Ego to the "collective unconsciousness." etc. For mythologists this could be a precious piece of prose, but frankly I'd expect readership to be severely wanting. The book is not about God nor about religion, but much closer to an ideology embracing magic, mystery, palmistry, phrenology, & peeking at Peking tea leaves. Speaking of leaves, I'd leave this one alone.