Monday, May 07, 2007

Ultimately my resistance to psychoanalysis comes down to the fact that it tries to destroy the spiritual and the sublime, reducing them into mere symptoms of societal and cultural conditons. One cannot make science out of the workings of the soul and the mind. Those should forever remain the things that science cannot touch. Once everything has been catalogued and explained (away) there is no more humanity.

6 comments:

OMC said...

Wellll, there's always Jung innit? :)

Fire in the Mind said...

LOL!

i have some jung on the shelves. i never managed to take it seriously. but if you see what philip k dick did with his influence, then i'll always prefer his mystical ramblings above sigmund and jacques' so-called science of the soul.

theo said...

the sublime and psychoanalysis can perfectly go hand in hand. without hegel's (well okay Kant's then) introduction of the self there would be no sublime or psychoanalysis.nw

Fire in the Mind said...

i'm not following you here theo

theo said...

well, what I mean is...

the sublime as a concept is acting on a different level than psychoanalysis does. thus they do not breath eachothers air.

have no time at the moment. will answer later.

just one thing: the way Zizek analysis popular culture with ideas of psychoanalysis does include the existence of the sublime (can only exist in fact with the idea of the sublime).

Martijn said...

One cannot make science out of the workings of the soul and the mind.

Did you ever try telling that to Oliver Sacks? ;)