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The origins of structuralism connect with the work of Ferdinand de Saussure on linguistics , along with the linguistics of the Prague and Moscow schools. Because different languages have different words to refer to the same objects or concepts, there is no intrinsic reason why a specific signifier is used to express a given concept or idea. It is thus "arbitrary". Signs thus gain their meaning from their relationships and contrasts with other signs.

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Welcome to the new biogenetic structuralism website! While it is safe to say that Freud has had a profound effect upon psychological anthropology, Jung has had very little. The reasons why anthropologists have ignored Jungian archetypal psychology are very revealing of the biases floating around in the discipline. In the first place, Jung cannot just be read, he must be studied — and by study we mean immersion in his entire oeuvre, for his ideas were never fixed into a seamless system, but rather evolved over the half-century of his writings.

Jung cannot be understood by merely googling Wikipedia and reading a page or two. Getting to understand Jungian thought requires a major commitment in time and effort — even more so than, say, the works of Levi-Strauss — but the time and energy are well spent, for there lies a treasure trove of insight in his many works. In the last analysis, one cannot understand Jung — especially the later Jung — unless one has walked at least part way in his experiential shoes.

Jungian methods require realization of concepts in driect experience. It is the difference between knowing that a 20 minute walk a day will better your health, and actually doing the walking and experiencing the benefits.

Jung was both a scholar and an advanced, disciplined and tenacious phenomenologist. Bastian believed that the elementary ideas are to be scientifically extracted from folk ideas such as the belief that ancestors may visit one during a dream and communicate important information as varying forms of collective representations Gesellschaftsgedanken.

Because one cannot observe the collective representations per se, Bastian felt that the ethnographic project had to proceed through an analytical process by which one deduces the elementary ideas e.

The history of anthropology during most of the 20th century has seen a resistance and rejection of structuralist or "essentialist" notions.

Meanwhile, the neurosciences have come of age and have flourished, thus presenting anthropology with a burgeoning problem. If the human brain is the organ of learning, knowledge, imagination, feeling, action, and all else cultural, for the constructivist account to be true, the brain must begin life as a blank slate upon which a society programs its individual and distinct culture. But the brain is never at any point in its development a blank slate Pinker , The brain is exquisitely organized since its initial formation in utero.

The resistance has been and continues to be intense. Tiberia My co-author on some of the Jung papers.

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Biogenetic structuralism

The Cycle of Meaning. Shamans may mediate the process by structuring the symbolic expression and again by helping to interpret experience. Many polyphasic societies encourage their members to explore multiple phases of consciousness through dreams, visions, meditation states, drug trips, trance states, etc. This process of exploring experiences of multiple realities, combined with social appropriation of the meaning of these experiences within a single cycle of meaning, is typical of polyphasic cultures see e. Many societies go so far as to compel alternative phases of consciousness by putting their members through initiation procedures, including ingesting psychotropic drugs and mandatory vision quests see Bourguignon , Naranjo The role of the shaman or ritual specialist in both initiating practitioners into experiences and interpreting those experiences for the practitioner and the society at large is frequently important.

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Welcome to the new biogenetic structuralism website! While it is safe to say that Freud has had a profound effect upon psychological anthropology, Jung has had very little. The reasons why anthropologists have ignored Jungian archetypal psychology are very revealing of the biases floating around in the discipline. In the first place, Jung cannot just be read, he must be studied — and by study we mean immersion in his entire oeuvre, for his ideas were never fixed into a seamless system, but rather evolved over the half-century of his writings.

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One important concept was neurognosis , a term coined to label the inherent, rudimentary knowledge available to cognition in the initial organization of the pre- and perinatal nervous system see Pre- and perinatal psychology. A human baby was conceived as taking its first cognitive and perceptual stance toward the world from the standpoint of a system of initial, genetically predisposed neurognostic models that come to develop in somatosensory interaction with the world. The principal function of the human nervous system at the level of the cerebral cortex is the construction of a vast network of these models. The notions of cognized and operational environments were borrowed by the biogenetic structuralist group from Roy Rappaport who coined the terms in his classic, Pigs for the Ancestors see Rappaport , , , The perspective began to take on a more developmental perspective as it incorporated the works of Jerome Bruner , Jean Piaget and others. Major foci: ritual and the symbolic function Edit The first book-length application of biogenetic structural theory was an account of the evolution and structure of human ritual. The general model was used to examine formalized behavior among animals generally, then specifically among mammals , primates and finally humans.

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Biogenetic Structuralism [Updated: 3 June ] Biogenetic structuralism is a body of theory which explains the interactions between brain, consciousness and culture in the production of individual experience. As such it is an interdisciplinary theory that draws from anthropology, phenomenology, neuropsychology, modern quantum physics and parapsychology. You may wish to read the short description of biogenetic structural theory by clicking "synopsis" below. Eugene G. Self-Guided tutorial in biogenetic structuralism Click here to enter a self-guided tutorial in biogenetic structural theory for the first time. Learn the basic tenets and concepts of this perspective that integrates what we know about human culture and consciousness with what we know about the evolution and development of the brain. If you are returning to the tutorial, go directly to the index.

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