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Number as archetype



   

The metaphysical assumptions in Chapter gif allow us to connect results in mathematics and physics directly to the human mind and psyche  . The physical structure of the mind and its conscious structure  are the same thing. Jung felt that there was a unity of matter and psyche  related to the archetypal structures in the psyche and to number. The physical structure of our bodies was determined by evolution. Some structures were evolved earlier and others later. More complex structures are built on simpler ones. Jung recognized that the same is true of our minds. Archetypes 

are the psychic shapers of ideas, images and behavior that have been molded by evolution over the eons. Archetypes are not emotions, thoughts or mental images. They can be sources of all of these. Archetypes do not have a specific meaning. They create meaning.

After C. G. Jung had completed his work on synchronicity in ``Synchronicity: An Acausal Connecting Principle,'' he hazarded the conjecture, already briefly suggested in his paper, that it might be possible to take a further step into the realization of the unity of psyche and matter through research into the archetypes of the natural numbers  . He even began to note down some of the mathematical characteristics of the first five integers on a slip of paper. But, about two years before his death, he handed the slip over to me with the words: ``I am too old to be able to write this now, so I hand it over to you.'' --- Marie-Louise von Franz, from the preface of Number and Time  [32].





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