Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

A gap in time: Thoughts on the implications of electronically inflated psychological acceleration
by Wood, Steven P., Ph.D., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2013, 204; 3605066
Abstract (Summary)

The overall structure of this research is an autoethnographic journey from the depths of deep space into the underworld of the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice while considering the depth psychological implications of co-mingling electronic computer-mediated virtual realities and our human-sensed biological reality. In so doing, the effect of screens, the psychological tempo and consumption of imagery, is considered from a phenomenological viewpoint. Proliferating computational devices, with their emphasis upon increasing speed and acceleration, are viewed as connectors as well as psychic retreats. The research examines the contrasts between the electronic virtual construct and our vital lived surround of oxygen and water while considering the legacy and effects of these machines upon our perception of an increasingly degraded environmental circumstance. The research suggests that through an intentional physical and psychological slowing it is possible to reconnect with the elemental rarities of earth and through that sensitivity there opens a possible pathway of re-enchantment and environmental stewardship of the earth as a life. The research presents an alternative scenario of an electronically blinkered and tethered cyborgized people burrowing further into a virtual world until the earth, utilizing its nuanced language of wind, heat, and storm, demands that they look up from their machines and pay attention to the anomalies in their lived surround. The research indicates that the choice is clear but far from sure.

Key words: Phenomenology, auto-ethnographic, myth, computers, cyborg, psychological acceleration, eco-psych, environment, slowed perception, psychic retreat, stewardship, re-enchantment.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Casey, Edward S.
Commitee: Mazis, Glen A., Sasser, Jennifer
School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
Department: Depth Psychology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-B 75/04(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Environmental philosophy, Climate Change, Psychology
Keywords: Computers, Eco-psychology, Environmental changes, Phenomenology, Psychological acceleration, Re-enchantment
Publication Number: 3605066
ISBN: 9781303610967
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