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Einstein-de Saussure-Jung



The Thing and the Thought.
The concrete and the abstract.
The Thing as a Thought.
The Thought as a Thing.

The Signifier and the Signified.
God as The Signified.
God’s image as The Signifier.
The Signifier as God The Son.

Made visible by The Invisible.
As God The Father.
Becoming God The Son.
The Spirit of One in “The Other.”

The abstract made concrete
by the form-action of the concrete,
bereft of abstraction:
An indeterminate symbol reduced to a sign!

An in-sign-ificant unit of meaning.
A meaning-less sign of signs:
Words, images, actions—
pointlessly hidden, obscured!

In a Saussure’s riddle of arbitrary signs
lies an Einstein’s quantum riddle,
Juxtaposed in Jungian synchronicity
as a-causal space-time phenomena.

All three in kinetic display as signifiers
revealing potential energy of the signified
that is stored by quanta of symbols
in relative space and time.

About this poem

This poem suggests intuitively that there appears to be an underlying connection between Ferdinand de Saussure’s Cours de linguistique générale, Jung’s a-causal principle of synchronicity and its association with the Jungian notion of the collective unconscious; and Einstein’s space-time theory of relativity. With all three theorists — the semiotician, the theoretical physicist, and the analytical psychologist — we suggest that there appears to be an underlying commonality, as follows: The phenomenon of quanta particles can be identified as appearing in Saussure’s linguistics as elements of phonemic quanta (the signified); and in Jungian psychology as indeterminate quanta of forms (identified as “the signified”), called symbols by Jung. When loaded with kinetic energy, these symbols or archetypes become “signifiers” or”signs” that have the potential to appear in the external world of form, and to consequently act upon it. I propose that Einstein’s “quantum riddle” of subatomic particles that mirror changes in each other instantaneously over distances is, in some ways, akin to Jung’s notion of a-causal phenomena of synchronicity; and to de Saussure’s “abstract phonemic quanta” where the phoneme, postulated as the smallest unit of speech sound (sound quantum) , is capable of acting upon and distinguishing one word (a concrete, signified manifestation) from another word (another concrete signified manifestation) in linguistic space and time. Clearly, multidisciplinary scientific research is recommended, and is required to investigate and shed light on a subject that is unclear, hazy, fuzzy, and shrouded in ambiguity. 

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Written on January 18, 2022

Submitted by karlcfolkes on January 18, 2022

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Karl Constantine FOLKES

Retired educator of Jamaican ancestry with a lifelong interest in composing poetry dealing particularly with the metaphysics of self-reflection; completed a dissertation in Children’s Literature in 1995 at New York University entitled: An Analysis of Wilhelm Grimm’s “Dear Mili” Employing Von Franzian Methodological Processes. The subject of the dissertation concerned the process of Individuation. more…

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