Psychoanalysis and Science-Fiction

By | October 6, 2015

Beyond the academic notions of psychoanalysis, Patrick Mahony endeavors to explore the underlying affective motivations in storytelling and the process of creating mythology in science-fiction.

In the early 20th century, the relationship to the “self” evolved from the philosophical considerations of Descartes, Kant and the likes, so did human fascination with the future and things to be. Freud explored the fictional world of dreams as an expression of the mind.

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The complex synergies at play between “me”, “it” and “superego” play out to depict coded and fantastical scenes. In the beginning, there is the quest for personal meaning and self-identification. On the other side of the exploratory journey, the definition of one’s relationship to the world and the acknowledgement of an all too subjective reality that serves only as a catalyst that preserves from cognitive dissonance. Patrick Mahony argues for an anthropological view of science-fiction, postulating that creativity and futurism are the attempt of men to empower themselves and “hack” the subconscious process of creating meaning.

Patrick Mahony compares this process to the principle of evidential existentiality, whose advocates argue that “the reality of an entity’s existence gives greater value to prove its existence than would be given through any outward studies”.

Purpose is often found in things to come. Taking ownership, even fictionally, of a world and fulfill deeply rooted aspirations allows the mind to escape the less satisfactory present.

The creation and consumption of science-fiction are akin, in the sense that they ultimately serve the same purpose.

Patrick Mahony