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
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
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