Notes on: Archetypes, Autonmous Complexes and the Polytheistic Mind By: Tim Boucher
Ok so I read this thing
. He warned me before hand that it would apparently blow my mind and that it was crazy. I didn't really find it all that crazy. Actually, it made sense and I really enjoyed reading it. There were a few moments of powerful observation when I had to put it down and start taking notes. Here are those notes:
- Overview and General Thoughts Post Article - After reading this I'm sitting here looking at people and myself in a different way. As if people are just building their lives and using stories to interact. Thanks Tim this ruled!
- General Notes While Reading - Ok, So archetypes are reaccuring themes or ordering principles. What is an ordering principle?
- "It's because archetypes are NOT these recurring characters. But these characters are how archetypes are expressed in the human mind, and the story system inherent to it." - I think making a definition by denouncing or disproving a vague misnomer is the best way. It seemes to make things stick a lot harded when you can say it's definately NOT what you thought it was.
- Archetypes and Entelechy - Are you just combining these two to make a point or are they actually meant to interact in anyway outside of your own cooking pot?
- "They are then expressed through the form..." - Where does this form come from? Are archetypes all in our minds or can they be socially extracted i.e. laws, architecture, art...
- "Think about the word information..." - I think that definition of information (to give form) is definately a little out of context from the current way we see information, it just seems like a reach back to an antiquated definition. I mean I can definately see where it is pertinant but it feels like a stretch.
- "...that seperates free flowing energy from patterned structural matter.." - Is that really yours? If it is than you are playing in a another realm - genius. One thing though, I think all there originally is, is free flowing energy that gets orchestrated into information. But now we are just getting symantec.
- WTF is a Gandalf
- You seem to be cornering archetypes into myths and stories. Now I don't know as much as you do about them but I feel like you are on to something bigger with your archetype theories and to put them into such a small box (even if you theorize that stories are life) paints you into a corner. I can feel you onto something but your focus maybe a little too narrow by using these examples. Can you possibly think bigger?
- "...it's the way. It just is." - Stories can't be the only way we communicate
- "Instincts and Scripts...that's what a religion/story-system or any larger cultural system is....replaces (responses) with new symbols" - So why does religion try to numb and dumb are animal senses and take us away from our raw human nature.
- "Each archetype attracts certain types and categories of experience to it." Example? How many categories are there? Is this every sensation or only those based around the story?
- Heros - What about no hero? Is everyone's ego a hero? What if the hero doesn't seek treasure or has been totally debilatated by life - think 70% of America?
- The rise of egocentric rule and the Judeo-Christian archetypal image of Yahweh - Yahweh was far from a dominant religous froce during the rise of the Caesars prime ego, chinese isolation ego, or the Khan's.
- Drugs, alcohol, lust for women - How do they play a role in overthrowing or enhancing the ego?
- Have you ever found new friends or tried something new and everything just seems so fresh; smells, converstaion, faces. They all seem so alive and new. I wonder if this has to do with building new archetypes based on the human interactions.
I enjoyed reading this. Thanks Tim!