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Intellectual Property and the Collective Unconscious

Updated on November 20, 2013

Collective Unconscious

Carl Jung, the great Swiss psychologist and contemporary of Sigmund Freud was a proponent of the idea that that from which we all are connected is sprung from a collective or world consciousness. This would explain why there are some things we innately know about the world and each other, without knowing each other or ever having met. This type of consciousness is only accessible trough the unconscious mind and is expressed as our humanity more than our personal ego and it is how we all process human experience. experience.

Jung distinguished our personal consciousness as individual to each of our own experience, we also have a collective consciousness that collects and organizes all personal experiences in a similar way with each member of a particular species. Perhaps this explains why we can feel empathy for those who suffered before us in concentration camps, or those ancestors whose DNA and blood run through our veins? But it goes further than that. The theory of paradigm shifting and what it takes for the consciousness to change has to do with the idea that we can all access this collective consciousness and change things if we are aware it exists and make the shift together.

Hale Bopp Comet

One of the most recent discoveries found literally at the same time was the Hale Bopp Comet. While searching the skies for mysteries, these two men, both in different parts of the United States, discovered what came to be known as the Hale Bopp comet. This comet was widely observed in the 20th century when it became visible for about 18 months as it made its way across the skies of the planet Earth.

Discovered on July 25, 1995 by Alan Hale and Thomas Bopp, both observing the skies from the southwest, one in New Mexico and one in Arizona, reported the comet sighting on the same day. This led to the comet bearing both their names as the finders of the comet, thereby allowing them both the notoriety of being the discoverers.

Many would say that they simply were at the right place at the right time, but others might say that they had positioned themselves to be astronomers as part of the collective unconscious, with which the great psychologist Carl Jung believed we all have the ability to have access.Sigmund Freud was known to call these archaic remnants or: " - mental forms whose presence cannot be explained by anything in the individual's own life and which seem to be aboriginal, innate, and inherited shapes of the human mind".

Hale Bopp Comet


Intellectual Property

In a nutshell intellectual property is a creation of the mind. So, my hub here is my own intellectual property in that even though I am discussing things that are known to others, I am writing it here and making it a Hub that is protected from someone else stealing it without recourse. A painting, a book, a play, a poem a song, all are intellectual property of the "artist" who has made the piece. Many would argue that their original work was their own idea and that if something similar has shown up, that someone has copied it.

The patent office in the United States was formulated in order to patent inventions that someone made when people started copying them and claiming them to be their own. Much like the idea of intellectual property, many people thought it was necessary to preserve their hard work and to keep their ideas safe from others wanting to steal them. In 1899, the commissioner of the US patent office claimed: "Everything that can be invented had already been invented. ". which as we know was quite a funny thing for him to say!

Carl Jung

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Trends in Film and Literature

Over the years the trends in themes in both literature written and films being made could be a reflection of how the collective unconscious works in the minds of artists. In the early 1960's books, plays and movies were westerns and many dramas about Wold War Two, the Atomic bomb and crises of the working man and the American Dream. One only need to look at Will Loman in "The Death of a Salesman" to see the dream fade in the minds of many men, especially the ones in the audience who left the theater weeping from feeling similarly.

In the late 1960's the focus was on freedom, drugs, disillusionment, Vietnam war and Love stories, and adding in some rather sexual "X" rated themes as well. Collective unconscious? You bet.

In the 70's we had some feminist themes, Mafia movies, Rocky and his dreams of Glory, Racing downhill skiers and spy thrillers, nostalgia for the 50's and of course, Sharks who liked to bite!

The 80's was disco fever, but it also introduced other themes as well: the Brat pack, Back to the Future, Mannequin, a lot of movies centering on 20 somethings.then Star Wars, ET and all of the India Jones Adventure movies...!!!

The 90's, the 00's and now??? Themes> Horror, Violence, Espionage, Vampires, Zombies, Wars, AIDS, all of those things we think about all the time, or is it vice versa? Do these types of movies and books filter into the collective unconscious so that is WHY we have these movies, books, plays and writings?

The key here is that what the focus of our minds is we manifest. So, in the collective unconscious we bring in intellectual property that is what we think and what we think is made manifest into a form and that form is then made manifest into reality. But, who owns it? Are we the ones who create it, or are we the mere channels of the collective unconsciousness?



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