How can synchronicities exist in a world that is dominated by causality? At first sight the Newtonian vision of nature determines all events in the universe and therefore leaves no room for meaningful patterns of coincidence. While quantum theory has successfully challenged the exclusive nature of this worldview, the loophole it offers is simply not wide enough to admit synchronicity. It is only when causality is pushed to the limit that it is discovered that the actual context in which events take place must extend indefinitely. In other words, everything that happens in our universe is caused by everything else. Indeed, the whole universe could be thought of as unfolding or expressing itself in its individual occurrences. It is within this global view that it becomes possible to accommodate synchronicities as meaningful events that emerge out of the heart of nature.
Don’t miss our exciting new series
February 13 – March 7, 2021
with Allan Combs, Roderick Main, Cruz Manas Sabbadini, Mathew Mather, Remo Roth, Shantena Sabbadini, Yuriko Sato, Jean-Francois Vezina and special guest, poet Richard Berengarten
Register now for our exciting series on the Jungian concept of Synchronicity with a group of international experts. In addition to our faculty, we are delighted to announce that poet Richard Berengarten will begin each session with a reading from two of his collections: Notness which includes ten sonnets entitled ‘On Synchronicity,’ and his ambitious Changing, a homage to the I Ching.
Synchronicity is a concept, first introduced by analytical psychologist Carl Jung, which holds that events are ‘meaningful coincidences’ if they occur with no causal relationship yet seem to be meaningfully related. Join us for presentations and discussions with our guest speakers, scholars who have thought very deeply about the underlying principle behind synchronicities and their meaning.
Flickering Reality: Exploring Ideas in Film and Television
Saturday January 30, 2021
at 9:00 am PST | 12:00 pm EST | 6:00 pm CET
Would Christianity have taken off as successfully if Christ had been imprisoned and died out of sight? The horrific image of a nearly naked man, nailed to a cross and bleeding from his hands, feet, forehead and stomach has had greater impact. What is the relationship between horror, its images and the sublime?
From the ancient through the mediaeval to Victorian and contemporary forms of the genre, horror, and terror, have been used to impress upon us the frailty of humanity and, often, the value of a spiritual alternative. In one era, the paintings of Bosch or the original German folk tales could terrify their audience, while in the present day the horror film and its digital game equivalent offer a corresponding function.
Jung was aware of how myth and archetypal imagery took on modern forms when included in contemporary visual media—and yet the psychological impact remained. Jung maintained that evil was a real entity in the world. In their stories, horror writers and filmmakers rely on such an assumption. Christopher Hauke will be discussing a Jungian perspective on horror, the sublime and the role of terror with wide-ranging examples from literature and especially film. You may want to keep the light on…
This series is free and open to everyone! Join our Zoom meeting via the following link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81879261698
If you missed this first session and would like to see the recording:https://youtu.be/HbzND6KzXYM
In Memoriam: David Bohm 1917-1992
Pari Publishing, The Pari Center publishing house, congratulates Colin Tudge who has been awarded the Scientific and Medical Network 2020 Book of the Year for his The Great Re-Think: A 21st Century Renaissance. It’s a well-deserved win for a terrific book and we are proud to be the publishers. Colin contends that we and our fellow creatures could still be looking forward to a long and glorious future: at least a million years of peace and personal fulfilment, with abundant and diverse wildlife. But to achieve this we need to re-think everything that we do and take for granted, from the day-to-day mundanities of growing and cooking, to the economy and methods of governance, to the most arcane reaches of science and metaphysics. It all amounts to nothing less than a Renaissance. The Great Re-Think is a great read—available from high street and online bookstores.
Online Pari Dialogue:
What Breakthroughs in Science Can We Reasonably Predict?
FRIEND OF THE PARI CENTER
Membership Campaign 2021
None of us can predict what the next few months will bring. Our planned events for this year are now uncertain. We are fortunate to have few overheads at the Center but we still need an income to cover administration costs, maintain our website, publish Pari Perspectives, and so forth. We ask you to please consider becoming a Friend of the Pari Center. By so doing you will be helping the Center to extend the work of David Peat, to continue with its established events and projects, and to start new ventures.
We need your Help and Support!!
Your membership fee will entitle you to:
- a digital copy of the quarterly Pari Perspectives
- a 10% discount on all events at the Pari Center on any events you may choose to attend at the Pari Center within the year
- access to a Members Area of our website which will include blogs, discussion groups, and a library of past issues of Pari Perspective
Your Friend of the Pari Center membership is valid for one year from the date of purchase.