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Philosophy of Dreams
Author: Christoph Turcke

ISBN: 9780300188400
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 7 October 2013
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.6 x 2.6
Description:
Why has mankind developed so differently from other animals? How and why did language, culture, religion and the arts come into being? In this wide-ranging and ambitious essay, Christoph Turcke offers a new answer to these timeworn questions by scrutinizing the phenomenon of the dream, using it as a psychic fossil connecting us with our Stone Age ancestors. Provocatively, he argues that both civilization and mental processes are the results of a compulsion to repeat early traumas, one to which hallucination, imagination, mind, spirit and God all developed in response. Until the beginning of the modern era, repetition was synonymous with de-escalation and calming down. Then, automatic machinery gave rise to a new type of repetition, whose effects are permanent alarm and distraction. The new global forces of distraction, Turcke argues, are producing a specific kind of stress that breaks down the barriers between dreams and waking consciousness. Turcke's essay ends with a sobering indictment of this psychic deregulation and the social and economic deregulations that have accompanied it.

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