Synchronicity: On the Spectrum of Mind and Matter

New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute’s Helix Center for Interdisciplinary Investigation is pleased to present

Synchronicity: On the Spectrum of Mind and Matter

Harald Atmanspacher
Joseph Cambray
Edgar Choueiri
Farzad Mahootian
Beverley Zabriskie
Saturday, April 12, 2014, 2:30 – 4:30 pmThe Marianne & Nicholas Young Auditorium 247 East 82nd Street, NYC
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“I have no doubt that the placing side by side of the points of view of a physicist and a psychologist will also prove to be a form of reflection.”
-Wolfgang Pauli

“Since physicists are the only people nowadays who would be able to deal with such a concept successfully, it is from a physicist that I hope to meet with critical understanding, although…the empirical basis seems to lie wholly in the realm of psychic phenomena.”
-C. G. Jung

The concept of synchronicity was developed by the Nobel Laureate quantum physicist, Wolfgang Pauli and the Swiss psychiatrist C. Jung in the middle of the twentieth century. It stressed the empirical fact of meaningful coincidence-a special sense of coincidence of two or more causally unrelated events which have the same or similar meaning. Synchronistic phenomena cannot in principle be associated with conceptions of causality, and thus the interconnection of meaningful coincident factors must be thought of as acausal. While such occurrences are improbable from the perspective of causality, they are not infrequent. How may such phenomena be noted and approached today? Both physics and psychology explore mind on a continuum with matter, and so operate at the conjunctions of the mental and material.  As an emergent meeting in the No-Time of fundamental physics and the tensed Time of daily life, synchronicity moves toward meaning at intersections of the objective and subjective, met both in our experimental sciences and in our felt registers of experience.


Harald Atmanspacher is a physicist, working at The Collegium Helveticum (ETH Zurich, Switzerland) as an associate fellow and also at the Institute for Frontier Areas of Psychology and Mental Health (Freiburg, Germany). He has been teaching at Heidelberg University, LMU Munich, TU Munich, UT Austin, Freiburg University, ETH Zurich. He is Privatdozent for theoretical physics at the University of Potsdam, and faculty member of the Parmenides Foundation Munich and the Zurich C.G. Jung Institute. He is president of the Society for Mind-Matter Research and editor-in-chief of the interdisciplinary international journal Mind and Matter. His publications include 9 books, 170 papers, and various special journal issues, and he has organized 40 international workshops and conferences. His fields of research are the theory of nonlinear dynamical systems and complex systems, conceptual and theoretical aspects of (algebraic) quantum theory, and mind-matter relations from interdisciplinary perspectives. His most recent book is The Pauli-Jung Conjecture and Its Impact Today (Imprint Academic, Exeter UK, March, 2014).

Joseph Cambray is a Jungian Analyst, and past President of the International Association of Analytical Psychology. He has been a faculty member at Harvard Medical School, Center for Psychoanalytic Studies, at Massachusetts General Hospital, Psychiatry Department, and adjunct faculty at Pacifica Graduate Institute. He is the former US Editor of the Journal of Analytical Psychology. His publications include Synchronicity: Nature & Psyche in an Interconnected Universe (Fay Lecture Series), College Station, TX (Texas A & M University Press, 2009); “The Influence of German Romantic Science on Jung and Pauli,” in The Pauli-Jung Conjecture and Its Impact Today (Imprint Academic, Exeter UK, March, 2014); “Jung, Science, German Romanticism: A Contemporary Perspective,” in Jung in the Academy and Beyond: The Fordham Lectures – 100 Years Later(New York: Spring Journal, Inc.; in press); Jung and Ferenczi “The emergent conversation’ Introduction.” J. Analytical Psychology 48(4), 2003; “How they see us now: psychoanalysts comment on core concepts and approaches of analytical psychology.” (2003) Cambridge 2001; Synchronicity and emergence”, American Imago 59 (4), 2002; “Who’s Really There? “Dreams and the Analytic Third,” Psychoanalytic Psychology, 49 (4).

Edgar Choueiri is Professor of Applied Physics at the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department of Princeton University, and Associated Faculty in the Department of Astrophysical Sciences, Program in Plasma Physics. He is also Director of Princeton University’s Engineering Physics Program and Chief Scientist at the University’s Electric Propulsion and Plasma Dynamics Lab for advanced spacecraft propulsion. He is the president of the Electric Rocket Propulsion Society. He is also Director of Princeton’s 3D Audio and Applied Acoustics (3D3A) Lab. The profile of Professor Choueiri by Adam Gopnik appeared in the January 28, 2013 The New Yorker, “Music to Your Ears: The quest for 3-D recording and other mysteries of sound,” in which he was described as “a distinctly modern type: engineer-aesthete.”

Farzad Mahootian is on the Faculty of Liberal Studies at New York University and an affiliated scholar with the Consortium for Science Policy and Outcomes at Arizona State University. His interdisciplinary research focuses on the interactions of myth, metaphor and science-most recently in the context of research laboratory ethnographies. Publications include: “Lab as Dynamic System: Refining Midstream Modulation,” in Nanoethics (forthcoming); “Jung and Whitehead: An Interplay of Psychological and Philosophical Perspectives on Rationality and Intuition” (with Linne, T.), in Held, B., and Osbeck, L. (eds.), Rational Intuition (forthcoming, Cambridge U. Press); 1. (with Linne’, T.): “Jung and Laboratory Ethnographies: Lab as Locus of Transformative Research,” in Jung in the Academy and Beyond: The Fordham Lectures – 100 Years Later (New York: Spring Journal, Inc., in press); (with Gorman, M., et al) “Integrating ethicists and social scientists into cutting edge research and technological development,” in Early engagement and new technologies: Opening up the laboratory (Springer 2014)

Beverley Zabriskie is a Jungian Analyst, a founding faculty member and past President of New York’s Jungian Psychoanalytic Association (JPA); associate editor, Journal of Analytical Psychology, (JAP) London; Board Member of The Philemon Foundation, which is producing the unpublished works of Jung. Her sixty publications include “Time and Tao in Synchronicity” in The Pauli-Jung Conjecture and Its Impact Today (Imprint Academic, Exeter UK, March, 2014); “Psychic Energy and Synchronicity” (in press) Journal of Analytical Psychology, London. 2014; “A Meeting of Rare Minds,” the Preface to Atom and Archetype: The Pauli-Jung Correspondence, (Princeton University Press, 2001) “Synchronicity and the I Ching: Jung, Pauli, and the Chinese Woman” (JAP, 50, 2005.) Her 2007 Fay Lectures at Texas A & M addressed “Transformation Through Emotion: From Myth to Neuroscience.”

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