Dr. Andrew Fellows – Jung and the Anthropocene: A New Relevance


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“The world hangs by a thin thread, and that thread is the psyche of man.” Although C.G. Jung died a year before Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring alerted us to planetary human impacts, his warning is more pertinent than ever today. So too is his understanding of psyche and matter, including his famous collaboration with Wolfgang Pauli. I will extend this through synergies with other holistic thinkers, in particular James Lovelock and Arne Næss, which are remarkable because their theories arose in other disciplines and completely independently of Jung. More importantly, the resulting consilience lays the foundations of a radically different worldview with which to address global heating and other unprecedented challenges of the Anthropocene epoch.

 

ANDREW FELLOWS holds a Doctorate in Applied Physics, is a former Fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society (U.K.), and enjoyed two decades of international professional engagement with renewable (especially wind) energy, sustainable development and environmental policy before moving from the U.K. to Switzerland in 2001 to study Jungian Psychology. He is now a Training Analyst at ISAPZURICH with private practices in Bern, Zürich, online and outdoors. His special interests include the anima mundi, the mid-life transition, and the synergy of Jungian Psychology with the new sciences, notably systems dynamics, Gaia theory, the Pauli-Jung conjecture and theories of nonlocal mind. The aim of exploring this synergy is to understand and address global collective and environmental problems, especially climate change and other aspects of the Anthropocene. He has presented his evolving ideas since 2007 at international conferences and other events throughout Western Europe, in Japan and in the U.S., in addition to teaching at ISAPZURICH. He was instrumental in moving AGAP and ISAP towards carbon neutrality, and in AGAP’s attempt to get the IAAP to do likewise. His first book, Gaia, Psyche and Deep Ecology: Navigating Climate Change in the Anthropocene (Routledge, 2019) is a joint winner of the Scientific & Medical Network 2019 Book Prize.