Ideas and learning

The Owl of Learning.

- not necessarily in that order.

Studying the thoughts behind myths

Although I studied the natural sciences at college — or maybe therefore — I have always felt ambiguous toward the academic world. School, all the way to that level, had in my eyes mostly rewarded conformity and the ability to memorize — hardly true understanding of any kind.

Archetypes of Mythology. Book by Stefan Stenudd. Archetypes of Mythology
by Stefan Stenudd
This book examines Jungian theories on myth and religion, from Carl G. Jung to Jordan B. Peterson. Click the image to see the book at Amazon (paid link).

Psychoanalysis of Mythology. Book by Stefan Stenudd. Psychoanalysis of Mythology
by Stefan Stenudd
This book examines Freudian theories on myth and religion, from Sigmund Freud to Erich Fromm. Click the image to see the book at Amazon (paid link).

       With a sharper choice of words one might call it obedience — although in Swedish educational statutes there is talk about "independent and critical thinking". As mentioned in my bio, I prefer the auto didactic, even within the framework of formal education.

       In spite of this, I complied and did, at the beginning of the 80s, study for some time at the Stockholm University: popular culture, social anthropology and the history of ideas, whereof only the latter for more than one semester. What fascinated me with the history of ideas was that in this subject, one dares to embrace practically all human thinking — at least that of the western tradition.

       So, when I decided to approach the Lund University a decade later, the same department was a natural choice. In Lund, though, it is called history of ideas and learning, whereof the first intrigues me much more than the second, but it proved to be the kind of learning that leads to understanding (to the extent I am able of it).

       The owl above, a drawing I have had the nerve to borrow from the department at Lund, appears here as a harsh reminder for man never to cease in curiosity. So far, there seems not to be any real threat of that, as far as I understand myself — but you never know.

       The Tao te ching says:

Those who know are not learned,
and those who are learned do not know.

       In spite of my lack of education — and of respect for such a thing — I have remained at this institution, specializing in research on creation myths. In this, I am particularly interested in the patterns of thought and reason, which may be traced through the creation myths, and thereby perchance it is also possible to distinguish patterns of the human mind — if any generalization of that kind is at all meaningful.

       Enough history of ideas I have adopted, though, to regard the sciences of our time as neither more certain nor more wise than those of ancient times. What is true is still a matter of opinion — at least in fields that are most dear to us, and such fields are the settings of every creation myth.

Stefan Stenudd

Myths of Creation


Creation Myths: Emergence and Meanings
Psychoanalysis of Myth: Freud and Jung
Jungian Theories on Myth and Religion
Archetypes of Mythology - the book
Psychoanalysis of Mythology - the book
Ideas and Learning
Cosmos of the Ancients
Life Energy Encyclopedia

On my Creation Myths website:

Creation Myths Around the World
The Logics of Myth
Theories through History about Myth and Fable
Genesis 1: The First Creation of the Bible
Enuma Elish, Babylonian Creation
The Paradox of Creation: Rig Veda 10:129
Xingu Creation
Archetypes in Myth

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The ancient Chinese system of divination and free online reading.

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Stefan Stenudd

Stefan Stenudd

About me
I'm a Swedish author of fiction and non-fiction books in both English and Swedish. I'm also an artist, a historian of ideas, and a 7 dan Aikikai Shihan aikido instructor. Click the header to read my full bio.