Notebook Notes – Ed Reither – 1975

Notes from my first day in Tulane Library, New Orleans, 1975.

I went to Tulane to study or I should rather say ‘investigate’ what various kinds of literature had to say about what I was experiencing.  I needed to find a way to integrate what I was understanding (non-verbally) with the ‘world’ and verbal minds.

I found a section in the library that had books on psychology and I started to comb through them searching for ‘something’ that reflected back to me – in verbal terms – what I ‘knew’.

Here is what I wrote down the first day.


“The Farther one pursues knowledge the less one knows”

“Before I utter a word and you have heard it, the whole history of the universe is enacted”

“The cause of death is birth”

“No one can understand things human who does not first understand things divine”

“There is a world which is not of this world though inseparable from it”

“The Wild geese do not intend to cast there reflection;

The water has no mind to retain their image.”

An Appeal to Intuition

Study Subjects:

Theories, inheritance, motivation, systems, evolution, dynamics, history, comparative, feeling, statistics, perception, emotion, computation, psychophysics, personality, methods, learning, social, measurement, memory, attitudes, test, thought, opinions, differences, cognition, cultures, physicological, language, behavior, disorders, development

Though and Language

Words and Things,

Syntactic structure

Universals of Language


Cultural anthropology

Culture and personality


Paul Federn p. 72

“The ego is the lasting or recurring psychical continuity of the body and mind of an individual in respect of space, time and causality”

p. 591 The Annual survey of psychoanalysis, John Frosh, Nathaniel Ross, Vol IV

The ego is felt and known by the individual as a lasting or recurring continuity of the body and mental life in respect of time, space, and causality, and is felt and apprehended by him as a unity”

Freud – Reasons for unconscious

1. Posthypnotic suggestion

2. latent dream content

3. parapraxias

4. The fact that the ideas suddenly appear in consciousness from some other source which obviously serves as some storehouse of information in order to prevent clutter in the conscious mind

5. Unconscious problem solving

6. The result of analytic investigation in the individual patient


Jung – Personal unconscious

Collective unconscious racial inheritance of significant memories, which are not ideas per se but germs of ideas. It is the wisdom of the ages handed down from man to man, and is superior in shaping his life. These images or archetypes are revealed through dream interpretations