Cosmos and History: The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy, Vol 14, No 2 (2018)

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Quantum Physics on Freud's Couch

Andrea Careggio


Psyche is described by Homer as the energy of life and not as it is now understood, synonymous with the virtual organ named mind. Starting from the etymology of psyche it is possible to discover that the field of study of psychoanalysis is very close to that of quantum physics. In their correspondence Jung and Pauli had already guessed how the reality described by quantum theory is very similar to the description that psychoanalysis makes of the subconscious. Observing the ability of psychotherapists to interact with this inscrutable world could offer new insights to physics. The latter could finally undertake studies that lead to a theory and therefore a mathematical function that can include the psyche variable.

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