S2 Ep98 Transhumanism. Part 2. Replacement of Human Nature
Alan Mulhern
by Alan Mulhern
1w ago
Transhumanism believes in a transition of Homo sapiens into a trans-human and even post-biological state made possible by accelerating technological progress, for example Artificial General Intelligence. The recent emergence of Large Language Models (LLMs) not only push the boundaries of AI but may also play their part in the Transhumanist enterprise. In reply to the question what are the dangers of such technologies to human consciousness, Gemini, one of the well known LLMs, gave a very frank and disturbing reply. All is revealed in the episode ..read more
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S2 Ep96. The Origins of Evil Part 3. The destructiveness in the human psyche.
Alan Mulhern: The Quest & Psychotherapy (Jungian Approach to Healing)
by Alan Mulhern
2M ago
What is the origin of the destructiveness in humans towards the world of nature? We examine firstly the consequences, values and paradigms of Business Civilization such as  removal from nature, hyper-technological rationalism, intense consumerism, over-emphasis on science and calculation, exaggerated individualism and so on. These become more intensified in the contemporary period with huge destructive consequences. It is these traits that need to change in order to modify our destructive impact. Secondly, we explore depth psychology, with reference to ideas of Freud, Jung, Klein and Grof ..read more
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S2 Ep95. The Ecological Catastrophe. Part 9. Climate tipping point reached. Red alert.
Alan Mulhern: The Quest & Psychotherapy (Jungian Approach to Healing)
by Alan Mulhern
3M ago
This is the final episode in this miniseries. It covers the following points. 1. A tipping point has been reached in the climate crisis past the 1.5 degree centigrade threshold and the planet is now in a stage of unpredictable runaway effects. 2. Climate defiance is in the ascendant and there is crisis, confusion. and perhaps despair in the Green ranks. The Green agenda will, however, make a come-back as the true damaging costs of fossil fuel dependency hammer home. 3. The climate crisis has to be gone through – quick fixes are not possible. It is useful to view this whole period as a rite of ..read more
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S2 Ep94. The Ecological Catastrophe Part 8.The green climate agenda is in reverse.
Alan Mulhern: The Quest & Psychotherapy (Jungian Approach to Healing)
by Alan Mulhern
4M ago
The green climate agenda is going backwards. Fifteen examples from across the world are given. Preparing for survival on a degraded planet should be a policy with the status of a national emergency. Just focussing on one component of this crisis - rising seas levels - practical policy responses are put forward ..read more
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S2 Ep93.The Ecological Crisis. Part 7. Psychoanalytic Diagnosis of Business Civilization.
Alan Mulhern: The Quest & Psychotherapy (Jungian Approach to Healing)
by Alan Mulhern
5M ago
The climate crisis and the ecological catastrophe are an existential threat to Homo sapiens especially when combined with other crises of the 21st century. This is of immense evolutionary and even metaphysical significance. As our species gained in technological power the exploitation of nature became more extensive and under business civilization this has become a world wide phenomenon. The competitive state of the world economic and political system prevents adequate international cooperation on climate matters. Psychiatry and psychoanalysis have provided diagnostic terms that are useful whe ..read more
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S2Ep92. The Ecological Catastrophe. Part 6. Too little, too late.
Alan Mulhern: The Quest & Psychotherapy (Jungian Approach to Healing)
by Alan Mulhern
7M ago
The COP commitments are critically scrutinised.  Even if all its  pledges were kept on GHG emissions, the tripling of renewable capacity, and energy efficiency  improvements - and that is a tall order - the world is heading for an increase in emissions (by around 10%) by 2030, instead of the 43% reduction required to keep global warming under the 1.5 degree threshold. Following further research post Cop28 I see no reason to change my central warning: prepare for survival on a degraded planet. A new attitude on the global scene is noted - Climate Defiance. Arguments for climate d ..read more
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S2 Ep90. The Ecological Catastrophe. Part 4.
Alan Mulhern: The Quest & Psychotherapy (Jungian Approach to Healing)
by Alan Mulhern
9M ago
This is the final epsiode in this miniseries on the ecological catastrophe of our age. The GHG emissions targets are not being reached on time. We need to prepare for survival in a degraded world. There needs to be a spiritual vision to give us insight into the climate and other crises of our age. This spiritual vision should also provide guidance.   ..read more
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S2 Ep89, The Ecological Catastrophe. Part 3
Alan Mulhern: The Quest & Psychotherapy (Jungian Approach to Healing)
by Alan Mulhern
10M ago
Climate crisis is only one of the planetary thresholds that we are crossing after which we are in unpredictable territory. Other thresholds include: biodiversity loss, chemical pollution, particle pollution of the atmosphere, deforestation and land use, freshwater unsustainability, the phosphorous and nitrogen cycle .The episode ends with an exploration of the Romantic poet Shelley and his poem Ode to the West Wind ..read more
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S2 Ep89 The Ecological Catastrophe. Part 3 - to be published October 1st 2023
Alan Mulhern: The Quest & Psychotherapy (Jungian Approach to Healing)
by Alan Mulhern
10M ago
There are now some changes to the structure and timing of these podcasts. Firstly, the Spanish language podcasts, which have explored the life and work of Carl Jung, have now ended. For the forseeable future there will only be the English speaking podcasts. Secondly, I am moving the podcast release dates to the first of the month - an easier date to remember rather than the mid-month timing. Hence S2 Ep89 will be released on October 1st 2023 with subsequent podcasts on November 1st, December 1st etc. The overall theme of the podcasts remains - the quest for vision in an age of crises. The curr ..read more
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S3 Ep37. Últimas visiones y pensamiento de Carl Jung. Spanish Language.
Alan Mulhern: The Quest & Psychotherapy (Jungian Approach to Healing)
by Alan Mulhern
11M ago
Este es el episodio final de nuestra serie de podcasts sobre la vida y obra de Carl Jung. Este ha sido un proyecto conjunto entre el Instituto Venezolano de Psicología Analítica (representado por María Leonor de Planchart y Beatrice Rojas) y el Quest (representado por Alan Mulhern). Terminamos, como deberíamos. con las propias visiones y pensamientos de Jung al final de su vida, tal como se cuentan en los capítulos finales de Recuerdos, Sueños, Pensamientos. Estos incluyen: su experiencia cercana a la muerte; su posterior convicción de que la vida en esta tierra era como una caja tridimensiona ..read more
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