In 1931, the German psychologist Gunter Heidegger (homonymous, but not related to the Messkirch philosopher) proved an incredible theory and his claim to be able to decipher what is most obscure for the eyes of psychologists: the unconscious.
Professor Heidegger, antagonized for his reserved and potentially paranoid mannerisms, (he was known for example, to frequently wear a balaclava as to avoid recognition and "not waste time talking to people.") achieved his goal. He had labored in a serious and isolated manner as even his assistants branded him an absurd eccentric from the first day he proposed to read the people’s subconscious.
From as early as his doctoral studies (under the guidance of the esoteric father of psychoanalysis, Professor Kuntz), Heidegger had been fascinated by Jung’s theories, which he took to demonstrate the unconscious as a real thing: a living agent.
He often quoted Jung, saying: “The unconscious is real, because it works.”
However, he knew that if it worked, it could also be located. If there is time, it must exist in space. With this in mind, he based his analysis on entirely empirical premises. Therein could be found, the extraordinary nature of his theory. He posited that the unconscious transcends space and time categorizations, posing the grand metaphysical problem, which was not, he said, his concern. Heidegger found this matter simple and was fascinated not by the effects, but ultimately by the causes. He wanted the root of the issue.
The unconscious IS ….
His desire was to encounter the unconscious and to do so he entered territory that no philosopher, no scientist, no psychiatrist had ventured into.
In Berlin, at a Conference hosted by Humboldt University in April 1929, Heidegger openly spoke of his impending discovery for the first time, going so far as to say that his technique had been successful for decades. He defined this as ‘uncomfortable.’
This talk was followed by numerous controversies, and significant peer assaults. Most significantly from Professor Minosser (University of Bonn and dogged enemy of Jung’s discoveries or ‘derivatives’ as he called them) whose comments were clearly designed to diminish or ridicule Heidegger’s discovery. Heidegger temporarily retreated.
Finally, a year later, on October 24th, the psychologist from Hamburg was to present the Machine of the Unconscious in Heidelberg. Again, the scientific community boldly objected. Instead of presenting his findings, Heidegger was forced to defend himself against harsh criticism.
Naturally, this criticism came in large quantities from the University of Bonn. The long awaited event was postponed again. Meanwhile, his accusers unexpectedly aided his cause as a slanderous campaign made sure his name was recognized across Europe and the United States.
Then, on February 9th, 1931, Heidegger was invited to M.I.T and on this occasion, the psychologist was able to talk about his machine without worrying about a defense. His reputation had created such curiosity that the highest scientific authorities silenced even his most ardent opponents.
The scientific community was now eager to know, to see and to judge his findings scientifically- empirically.
Minosser arrived with his mother for the occasion. She was an audacious nonagenarian who dedicated her life to the natural sciences and was well respected by German academics for her bizarre collection of bedbugs, amongst other things.
Minosser’s latest attack was instantly squashed by Sinvoice and Chan Pei (the contemporary luminaries of Quantum) who were particularly fascinated by the physical implications of Heidegger’s revelations.
Directed by Rocco Pezzella
Text by Lucio Giuliodori
Translation by Harlan Levey
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