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

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University of Chicago Press, Apr 15, 2000 - Social Science - 565 pages
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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."óD. 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."óRoger Keesing, American Anthropologist

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

User Review  - Yang - Goodreads

Shortcut: Play with the metalogues he included in Part I; don't jump it off! Certainly I should not have expected an articulation of a sort of paradoxical thinking in concentrated anthropological ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Mike Klein - Goodreads

Started and couldn't finish. Not bad just not very interesting to me at this point. Read full review

About the author (2000)

Gregory Bateson (1904-1980) was born and educated in the United Kingdom, and spent most of his professional life in the United States where he was†lecturer and fellow of Kresge College at the University of California, Santa Cruz.†Among other†influentital books†he authored Naven and Mind and Nature.

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