Science, Myth and the Trickster

Allan Combs and Mark Holland

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Examines the work of Jung and Pauli on the phenomena of 'meaningful coincidences'.

216 x 138 mm
Floris Books
Philosophy of Human Life
176 pages
Publication date:
01 Nov 1994


Carl Jung coined the term 'synchronicity' to describe meaningful concidences that conventional notions of time and causality cannot explain. Working with the great quantum physicist Wolfgang Pauli, Jung sought to reveal these coincidences as phenomena that involve mind and matter, science and spirit. This could provide rational explanations for parapsychological events like telepathy, precognition and intuition.

This book examines the work of Jung and Pauli, as well as the noted scientists Paul Kammerer, Werner Heisenberg and David Bohm. The authors give examples of synchronicity from everyday life, literature and mythology, particularly the Greek legend of Hermes the Trickster. They provide an accessible and intelligent exploration of this intriguing concept, giving a glimpse into the hidden patterns of nature.


'Combs and Holland view synchronicity as through a kaleidoscope of many fascinating shapes and colours. A unique exploration of one of life's most baffling mysteries.'
-- David Loye, author of The Sphinx and the Rainbow

'An excellent new treatment of a topic which may well turn out to be one of this century's most powerful challenges to the prevailing objectivism of science.'
-- Willis Harman, President, Institute of Noetic Sciences


Allan Combs teaches psychology at the University of North Carolina.
Mark Holland teaches English at East Tennessee State University and is a student of Jungian psychology.

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