Thursday, November 26, 2020

Manly P. Hall on Carl Jung and flying saucers

Recorded in Los Angeles on August 30, 1959


Rare audio recording of Manly P. Hall lecturing on Dr. Carl Jung's book about the flying saucer phenomenon. This is a remarkable talk, and I've listened to it a few times.

The original title of the talk was: An Analysis of Jung's Recent Book on Flying Saucers.

Please Note: The audio quality is rough at first, but clears up dramatically after about 6 minutes.

Jung's short book, Flying Saucers: A Modern Myth of Things Seen in the Sky, was originally published in 1958. I've found this to be a tough read, Jung's writing is quite dense, and this lecture helped me better understand some of the core ideas. This book is now available in Kindle form.

First edition in English, 1959

I found this amazing image online. I had seen this a few years back, and its simplicity and boldness were an inspiration for the cover of the first book in The Messengers series. Whoever the artist was, they sure knew what they were doing. Beautiful.

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8 comments:

Brizdaz (Darren) said...

I've never read that book Mike.
Is it any good?
I'm still yet to watch that movie 'Skyman' that the Blair Witch director made about a character based on you.
Have you watched that movie yet?
Can't seem to get it out here in Australia at present.

Brizdaz (Darren) said...

You sure about your theory on the book cover artwork Mike?
You might want to check this web page out for starters -

https://www.biblio.com/book/flying-saucers-modern-myth-things-seen/d/1297121304

Mike Clelland! said...

Thanks -- updated the text with new info!

Bright Garlick said...

Looking forward to hearing this Mike. This book ought to be required reading for anyone interested in UFOs. Jung makes a good case for UFOs as psychic projections but near the end of the book remains open to the possibility of the phenomenon relating to beings from elsewhere. I wouldn't be surprised that during his time in his castle or away from formal work, when he conceived many of his more mature ideas, that he was being informed from external sources. Though he credits his internal guide Philo on (?) with most of the credit. Which is probably valid. Freud thought he was crazy exploring so called occult material but Jung remained open minded. Albert Einstein that Jung was completely wrong about his archetypes because he ignored the larger Greek concept which related to primordial patterns. Had Jung gone down this path instead he may have deepened his understanding of some UFOs as psychic projections - primordial manifestations from the life force itself. Still his contribution with this book is significant.

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Anonymous said...

“Had Jung gone down this path instead he may have deepened his understanding of some UFOs as psychic projections - primordial manifestations from the life force itself.”

Not sure Jung needed to deepen his understanding of anything— he was well aware of UFOs being primordial manifestations of the life force... in fact that’s the idea he developed.

Bright Garlick said...

Actually Anonymous Jung didn't reach that conclusion. He got stuck on a more superficial notion of archetypes. He could have gone further but he didn't.

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