The Pauli-Jung Conjecture and (Some of) Its Implications

Harald Atmanspacher, Collegium Helveticum, University Zurich and ETH Zurich 


The Pauli-Jung conjecture is a conceptual framework for relations between the mental and the physical that the physicist Wolfgang Pauli and the psychologist Carl Gustav Jung proposed in the mid 20th century. Its metaphysical core is the assumption of one undivided base reality from which the mental and the physical arise as dual aspects by distinction. The presentation will outline key features of this dual-aspect monist account and address some of its implications that have received comprehensive empirical support so far: (a) the relevance of non-commutative structures in the mental domain, and (b) a taxonomy of psychophysical phenomena at the interface between the mental and the physical. The significance of the known physical laws within the physical domain remains untouched.