Have you ever wondered what goes into creating a WIE feature article? With our new series, WIE Editors Live, you can now find out firsthand what makes the creative process at WIE so unique. Inaugurating the series, executive editor Carter Phipps takes us behind the scenes of his groundbreaking investigative piece, The Cosmos, the Psyche, and You (Issue 39, February–March 2008). He shares the origins of the article in his own fascination with the ideas of Carl Jung, the great depth psychologist, and Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, Jesuit priest and gifted paleontologist. And he explains why he’s convinced that their influence on postmodern culture and our many assumptions about the nature of reality is more profound than we may ever have imagined.
Taken from a recording of a recent teleconference with WIE subscribers, this week’s audio includes Q&A with participants in which Phipps freely embellishes on many of the original points in the article and shares others that didn’t appear in the final version. Outlining the affinities and dissonances between Jung’s theory of archetypes and Teilhard’s evolutionary spirituality, he explains why the two perspectives imply very different orientations toward the future and why it’s so important for to us to choose which will determine our worldview as we move through the twenty-first century.
Recorded on: 3/24/2008
Social and Cultural Evolution