CG Jung presents a Lecture by Geoffrey West, Ph.D. & Ronald Schenk, Ph>D.

October 13, 2017 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Santa Fe Center for Spiritual Living
505 Camino De Los Marquez
Santa Fe, NM 87505
$10.00 - 2 CEU's
Jacqueline West

Lecture: Uncertainty, Simplicity and Unity in Life from Cells to Psyche: Jungian Thought and the Science of Complexity 


This lecture will highlight the interface between ideas from the science of complexity and conceptual aspects of Jung’s thinking, particularly those related to archetypes and alchemy, such as anima mundi (the “soul” of the world) and unus mundus (the unity and interconnectedness of all things). The format will consist of presentations by a Jungian analyst who has focused on archetypal and cultural dynamics and a scientist who studies phenomena such as growth, innovation and mortality in complex adaptive systems including cells, organisms and cities. This will be followed by an interactive discussion whose spirit will be to bring into everyday thought and language, the complexities of contemporary, cutting edge science and forward looking aspects of Jung’s thought. Participation by the audience will round out the evening.

Traditional Jungian psychology views culture as something “other,” sees in it “crisis,” and responds with an introverted mode that says connection with the individual unconscious is the most efficacious psychological response for maintaining an awareness of “soul.” An alternative understanding inspired from ideas in both complexity theory and alchemy sees the world as a hierarchy of interwoven systems, each with its own dynamics and structure yet connected and interacting with others, so that the collective phenomena – whether conscious experience, personal relationships, “complexes”, dreams, traffic jams, economic patterns, the accelerating pace of life, death or the weather – are the result of emergent hierarchies in which “the whole is greater than, and different from, the sum of its parts.” The whole emerges via an on-going adaptive evolving process from the underlying non-linear nature of its individual components so that its dynamics and structure cannot easily be predicted, if at all. These examples will be integrated into the presentations and discussion.

Saturday, October 14 Workshop:
Cultural Character in Light of Complexity: Sustainability, Singularities, “Trump,” Cities, and “the 1%” 

The Saturday workshop will continue the discussion, focusing on diverse examples of the many challenges and crises we face whether individually at the psychic level or collectively at the socio-economic political level.

Geoffrey West, Ph.D. is a theoretical physicist, professor and past president of the Santa Fe Institute.  Named one of the “100 Most Influential People in the World” by Time magazine, his recent book Scale focuses on the simplicity and universality underlying the complexity, diversity, growth and sustainability of organisms, ecosystems, cities and companies.

Ronald Schenk, Ph.D., Jungian analyst, has practiced and taught in Dallas and Houston for the last 35 years. He has written on a broad range of subjects related to culture, clinical work and postmodern depth psychology in four books, The Soul of Beauty, Dark Light, The Sunken Quest, and American Soul.