Steps to an Ecology of Mind : Collected Essays in Anthropology, Psychiatry, Evolution and Epistemology, Paperback Book

Steps to an Ecology of Mind : Collected Essays in Anthropology, Psychiatry, Evolution and Epistemology Paperback

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Gregory Bateson was a philosopher, anthropologist, photographer, naturalist, and poet, as well as the husband and collaborator of Margaret Mead.

With a new foreword by his daughter Mary Katherine Bateson, this classic anthology of his major work will continue to delight and inform generations of readers. "This collection amounts to a retrospective exhibition of a working life. . . . Bateson has come to this position during a career that carried him not only into anthropology, for which he was first trained, but into psychiatry, genetics, and communication theory. . . . He . . . examines the nature of the mind, seeing it not as a nebulous something, somehow lodged somewhere in the body of each man, but as a network of interactions relating the individual with his society and his species and with the universe at large."--D.

W. Harding, New York Review of Books "[Bateson's] view of the world, of science, of culture, and of man is vast and challenging.

His efforts at synthesis are tantalizingly and cryptically suggestive. . . .This is a book we should all read and ponder."--Roger Keesing, American Anthropologist


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 564 pages, 5 line drawings
  • Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
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  • Category: Western philosophy, from c 1900 -
  • ISBN: 9780226039053



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This is one of the two books that I credit with shaping my education, my major in college, my metaphysics, my entire view of life. (The other one, in case you are curious, is "Goedel, Escher, Bach" by Douglas Hofstadter.)If you read and understand this book, it is not just a collection of essays on topics as disparate as schiophrenia, thermostats, entropy, and consciousness. It actually outlines a coherent metaphysics: a view of the world and the relationship of our consciousness to it.And on top of all that, the "Metalogues" are just plain fun to read, too.

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