Gravity and Levity: The Philosophy of Paradox

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Daimon, 1994 - Psychology - 164 pages
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As the title suggests, this book addresses its subjects with wit and with weight, as the author brings the latest insights of contemporary physics into the perspective of an everyday life that is shown to be full of paradox. We can only come to terms with life if we accept that there are no final answers, and that unconscious processes are just as relevant as conscious ones. Reality cannot be anything but paradoxical, and our attitude to this fact has much to do with our state of being.
 

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Contents

Introduction
9
Le Coup de Vide
14
Looseningup
22
In Praise of Time
30
Blind Mans Bluff
38
Concerning Humbug
44
On Sacred Cows
55
In Defense of Play
64
Natures Monstrous Failures
91
A Fresh Look at the Dreaming Mind
99
Psyche Assailed
107
Chaos and Order
120
Rhythm
128
Two Impertinent Speculations Concerning the Nature of Space and Time
143
The Reconciling Link
148
The Time of Our Lives
152

Paradox and Play
70
Dementia Praecox
76
Youth War and Myth
85
Selected References
161
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About the author (1994)

The author has practiced as a psychiatrist in London for more than forty years. In his long, colorful and many-sided life, he has also served as a pilot for the R.A.F. (with MC and Croix de Guerre decorations), been an officer on a tramp steamer and a dramatic critic for the Observer, to name just a few of his stations.

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