The Politics of Experience and The Bird of Paradise
In ‘The Politics of Experience’ and the visionary ‘Bird of Paradise’, R.D. Laing shows how the straitjacket of conformity imposed on us all leads to intense feelings of alienation and a tragic waste of human potential. He throws into question the notion of normality, examines schizophrenia and psychotherapy, transcendence and ‘us and them’ thinking, and illustrates his ideas with a remarkable case history of a ten-day psychosis. ‘We are bemused and crazed creatures,’ Laing suggests. This outline of ‘a thoroughly self-conscious and self-critical human account of man’ represents a major attempt to understand our deepest dilemmas and sketch in solutions.
‘Everyone in contemporary psychiatry owes something to R.D. Laing’ Anthony Clare, the Guardian.
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A book that was perhaps untimely even in the glory days of the 60s, a decade perfect for creative nonhomogenized thought. It today stands along with the work of Foucault (specifically the.anti-psychiatry stuff), Bataille (Specifically in that "Inner Experience" is an author's attempt to.establish interexperience due to.structural delocation), to Derrida (exposing text as a game of sociality that is.very real, or at least just as real as the patterns of Normative focused upon by non Derridean Social Theory...real as.the.depatterning pattern of hard qualitative science, deconstruction as achieved reflexivity), to Nietzsche himself, who had both ripoff artists Hitler and Freud to ruin his reputation.)
We love to allow.creativity into.science.but within.reason...this book is for those who wish to liberate.science from reason, thru.creativity.
The Politics of Experience ranks right up there with "Madness and Civilization" Foucault, "The Antichrist" Nietzsche, "Siganture Event Context" Derrida, and.Bataille's "Inner Experience."
Those who question it within the bounds of reason are not granting it a fair trial. it is not contained within those limitations.
When we're all as brilliant and loving as Laing the world will be a much better place. We will have to see like he does. If you get it you get it. If you don't, you don't.