#45: Return to the Circle
Updated: Apr 17
(03/16/2022) If last episode described how we become trapped in a suicidally destructive feedback loop between biology and technology, this one is devoted to escape. Again examining societies and their politics in terms of brain hemisphere differences, we look at the role of empathic embodied communication in catalyzing social rupture, in scenarios such as dancing epidemics and riots. We examine the depth and complexity of non-linguistic communication, the hyper-legalistic and ostensibly rational dialogues about religion of the Middle Ages, the fundamental symmetry between processes of traumatic integration at the individual level and revolution at the collective level, frameworks for confronting fear in various cultures, and the psychology of abuse in creating acquiescence to the power structure.
Bibliography for episode 45:
Jung, C. (1971) Individual dream symbolism in relation to alchemy. In: The Portable Jung. Penguin Books.
McGilchrist, I. (2009) The Master and His Emissary: The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World. Yale University Press.
Popova, M. Review of When Things Fall Apart by Pema Chödrön. https://www.themarginalian.org/2017/07/17/when-things-fall-apart-pema-chodron/