Collective Cigar Consciousness

Discover recently published an article outlining research indicating our brains may actually synch! Deepak Chopra went a bit deeper exploring some possible implications. Both articles bring to mind Carl Jung's collective unconscious. The collective unconscious can be defined as "an universal datum" or "a universal library of human knowledge" (Carl Jung Resources).

Jung himself said "We can therefore study the collective unconscious in two ways, either in mythology or in the analysis of the individual." He studied the individual, developing his own psychological theories. Joseph Campbell, though, studied all of human mythology. He also used James Joyce's term monomyth.

None of this should surprise a cigar smoker. We often sit in groups and smoke the same cigar, comparing tasting notes. It isn't usually hard to find the notes that others describe. On your next trip in, we'll smoke the same cigar and see if our brains begin to synch...


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