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Synchronicity: An Acausal Connecting Principle. (From Vol 8. Collected Works) (Jung Extracts) Paperback – 21 Dec 1973

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press; 1st Princeton/Bollingen Paperback Ed edition (21 Dec. 1973)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691017948
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691017945
  • Product Dimensions: 21.5 x 13.9 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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Sonu Shamdasani is editor of "The Red Book" and Philemon Professor of Jung History at University College London. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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Not always satisfied with the causality of things and the underlying statistics, I am reading up on alternative explanations for relationships that are seemingly a-causal in nature, but feel to have more importance than a relationship based on chance. The concept of Synchronicity is surely an interesting one to dive into if you recognize yourself in the previous sentence.

True, there is quite some (basic) mathematics used to explain his ideas and to cement the foundation for his work. I actually like these explanations, because it paints a good picture of the times in which this concept was developed and it also shows that C G Jung is not just a theoretical scientist, but a practical one using common-day examples in his analysis.
The mathematical foundation takes about 25 pages of the 115 pages of the main book; as such it's not that you have to skip half the book if this part does not interest you personally. And honestly; the concept of chance explained by three matchboxes and white ants was an interesting one and I will surely use it as an example when explaining statistics and chance to others from now on. Very visual.
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This book is very much a product of the age it was written in. Jung was describing a weird, ground breaking concept and took exceptional pains to demonstrate that a) synchroncity was real and b) he wasn't barking mad. Unfortunately the pains he took to persuade a sceptical scientific audience, for it was them he particularly wanted to convince, don't always make for an interesting read.

At least a quarter of this book gets bogged down in the tedious maths surrounding his research data. Its not remotely interesting to most people and I found myself skipping large chunks of it. On the other hand a lot of the rest of the book is very thought provoking indeed.

Many people use the word synchronicity, often incorrectly and clearly few of them have read this book. They really should. I'm glad I did.
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This is a remarkable book but seems to me to get rather bogged down with facts and figures that make irksome reading. For this reason I have not given it a five star rating but the ideas that the book contains are certainly worth reading about.
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Clear and open book on the co-incidence phenomena. Basic explanation on the matter where Deepak Chopra (Synchrodestiny) picks up the thread and turn theory into active design of your life.

A bit thin on forcefull examples but that could be due to the era in which it was written (1927-ish)

Fits in nicely in my growing Jung collections on views and theories on life.

Must-have together with SynchroDestiny...
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Statistically it will likely not be possible for a while to prove that meaningful coincidences, as postulated by dr Jung, exist. Just like statistically it is currently impossible to prove (or more likely disprove) the existence of god. But let's keep an open mind, maybe one day it will happen.
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