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By Arthur I. Miller

Title note: initially released in 2009, in hardcover as Deciphering the Cosmic quantity: The unusual Friendship of Wolfgang Pauli and Carl Jung

Is there a bunch on the root of the universe? A primal quantity that every little thing on the planet hinges on?

This query exercised many nice minds of the 20th century, between them the groundbreaking physicist Wolfgang Pauli and the recognized psychoanalyst Carl Jung. Their obsession with the ability of yes numbers—including 137, which describes the atom’s fine-structure consistent and has nice Kabbalistic significance—led them to boost an not likely friendship and to embark on a joint mystical quest achieving deep into medieval alchemy, dream interpretation, and the chinese language ebook of adjustments.

137 explores the profound intersection of recent technology with the occult, yet certainly it's the story of a unprecedented, fruitful friendship among of the best thinkers of our instances.

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On the other hand, dogma in­ sists that three are one, while denying that four are one. Since olden times, not only in the West but also in China, uneven numbers have been regarded as masculine and even numbers as feminine. The Trinity is therefore a decidedly masculine deity, of which the androgyny of Christ and the special position and veneration accorded to the Mother of God are not the real equivalent. " As the reader has already seen from its title, this book is concerned with the psychological significance of alchemy and thus with a prob­ lem which, with very few exceptions, has so far eluded scientific research.

U Without the experience of the opposites there is no experi­ ence of wholeness and hence no inner approach to the sacred figures. For this reason Christianity rightly insists on sinfulness and original sin, with the obvious intent of opening up the abyss of universal opposition in every individual—at least from the outside. But this method is bound to break do\vn in the case of a moderately alert intellect: dogma is then simply no longer believed and on top of that is thought absurd. Such an intellect is merely one-sided and sticks at the ineptia mysterii.

The confessional proceeds like life itself, which successfully struggles against being en­ gulfed in an irreconcilable contradiction. Note that at the same time the conflict remains in full force, as is once more consistent with the antinomial character of the self, which is itself both con­ flict and unity. as the motive of his action, the father-confessor would be obliged to absolve him even if he were not of the same opinion. Escobar quotes a number of Jesuit authorities on the question of how often one is bound to love God in a lifetime.

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