CRUISING THE "ID" (Requiem for SIGI)

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A "Clinical" piece! - Jazz fusion styled instrumental (just to avoid being predictable!) in honour of the very controversial Dr Sigmund Freud

For decades now, the Viennese doctor has been a caricature, a pop icon of the unconscious and sexual urges. Ego, id, and superego are terms familiar to all, but for many years, Freud's psychoanalytic theory has thrived in English departments around the country as a tool for interpreting literary texts but has rarely, if ever, been discussed in science departments. Part of the problem is that Freud has been perceived as an isolated figure who appeared out of nowhere with crazy ideas about how our minds work that have now been disproved. But Sigmund Freud was very much a creature of his time. He did not "invent" the unconscious. Versions of it had been around since the philosopher Leibniz responded to Descartes and Hume in the seventeenth century. By 1860, in Germany, the scientist Gustav Fechner had formed a theory of unconscious processes. Hermann von Helmholtz and Wilhelm Wundt, formidable scientists of their day, also argued for the existence of an unconscious. In the 1870's, the English physiologist William Benjamin Carpenter came up with an "adaptive unconscious" in his work. Many thoughts and feelings, he argued, are outside of our awareness. *Annon

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