|I'm completely in agreement with RR here. I've studied Jungian psychology and physics. Divination is not based on anecdote and belief systems. There's aspects of physics that are incompletely understood- for example, the nature of time.
I'm not going to go into quantum mechanics on a web forum, though.
Speaking as a "hard" scientist I'd say that psychology is a collection of belief systems, often at odds with one another. For example, Jungian psychology has been almost ignored in psychology because it's considered unscientific. Freud today is thought of as bunk by a lot of psychologists/psychiatrists. Freud and Jung themselves split over certain beliefs.
If we knew what we were doing it wouldn't be research.
R Roffel wrote:
Thanks for your reply, Adam.
I have the feeling that you didn't quite get what I am after.
While divination systems have meaning, what I am interested is not how meaning is derived through psychology, for that is a topic for psychologists, but descriptions of how the components of divination system interact with each other in real-time and why most systems use "random" patterns and events to derive meaning from the components.
I just can't quite shake the feeling that there may be something interesting behind the phenomenon of divination, since it appears all over the world in nearly every culture.
The question may very well be instead: "How did all these cultures determine that by throwing or shuffling objects and otherwise creating "chaos", you can derive meanings from these events?"
Is this a question of mechanics and physics or of psychology and neurology?
I'm beginning to wonder...
Last edited on Tue Nov 10th, 2009 07:18 am by Cordwainer