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November 1, 2005

Carl Jung - Flying Saucers: A Modern Myth of Things Seen in the Sky

Posted by barry

Carl Gustav Jung - Flying Saucers: A Modern Myth of Things Seen in the Sky

Flying Saucers: A Modern Myth of Things Seen in the Sky (Amazon.com)

Flying Saucers: A Modern Myth of the Things Seen in the Sky (Amazon.co.uk)

This is by no means a book that will entertain everyone, especially those who are partial to a sweet slice of the extraterrestrial hypothesis, i.e. that UFOs are most definitely craft from other worlds. Jung attacks the phenomenon from (obviously enough) a sceptical and psychological angle, with an emphasis on the *psychic* aspect, and correctly predicts how 'ufology' was to spawn a plethora of quasi-religious cults.

Rather that immediately treating UFOs as external phenomena, 'visionary rumours', presented to the conscious mind, he spends much of the book comparing them to phenomena known to come from the unconscious - dreams. He spends much of the *rest* of the essay interpreting the artwork of various artists, and their use of disc like objects, and unconscious 'fourth dimension' references within their artworks. It is at this point that I began feeling a smidgen irritated, and wondered whether or not Jung was tried to milk too much from too little evidence.

The author appears quite sure of his findings, but from a cautious fortean perspective Jungian theories would appear to be no more than important *models* for examining the UFO phenomenon. However, this can be said about the proponent of any theory, and shouldn't really be regarded as a criticism, but rather something worth bearing in mind.

So, whilst not a comprehensive bible of psycho-social ufology, 'Flying Saucers' is indeed an inexpensive and indispensable jigsaw puzzle piece, and it's addition to the library of anyone with a serious interest in the field is certainly recommended.


- daev





Posted by barry at November 1, 2005 5:41 PM



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