Steps to an Ecology of Mind: Collected Essays in Anthropology, Psychiatry, Evolution, and Epistemology
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
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Bateson is an absolutely brilliant thinker and is worth reading just for the insight into the way his mind works. He covers a wide variety of topics in these collected essays, with the joint thread ... Read full review
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Extremely intelligently written but at times quite hard to follow. Bateson was evidently an extremely intelligent man and his essay on "Morale and National Character" (written during the Second World ... Read full review
Why Do Things Get in a Muddle?
Why Do Frenchmen?
About Games and Being Serious
How Much Do You Know?
Why Do Things Have Outlines?
Why a Swan?
What Is an Instinct?
Culture Contact and Schismogenesis
The Logical Categories of Learning and Communication
A Theory of Alcoholism
Comment on Part III
On EmptyHeadedness Among Biologists and State Boards of Education
The Role of Somatic Change in Evolution
Prohlems in Cetacean and Other Mammalian Communication
A Reexamination of Batesons Rule
Comment on Part IV
Experiments in Thinking Ahout Ohserved Ethnological Material
Morale and National Character
The Value System of a Steady State
Style Grace and Information in Primitive Art
Comment on Part II
Social Planning and the Concept of DeuteroLearning
A Theory of Play and Fantasy
Epidemiology of a Schizophrenia
Toward a Theory of Schizophrenia
The Group Dynamics of Schizophrenia
Minimal Requirements for a Theory of Schizophrenia
Douhle Bind 1969
Redundancy and Coding
Conscious Purpose versus Nature
Effects of Conscious Purpose on Human Adaptation
Form Suhstance and Difference
Comment on Part V
From Versailles to Cyhernetics
Pathologies of Epistemology
The Roots of Ecological Crisis
Ecology and Flexihility in Urhan Civilization