GUY CLAXTON THE WAYWARD MIND PDF

Guy Claxton’s beautifully written book takes in intellectual and cultural history, literature, and spirituality. In The Wayward Mind, the common image of the mind is. The Wayward Mind: An Intimate History of the Unconscious. Guy Claxton, Author Little Brown and Company $35 (p) ISBN The Wayward Mind – An Intimate Happiness of the Unconscious Guy Claxton explores the history of the unconscious, as well as up to the minute science.

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Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. In The Wayward Mind, the common image of the mind is skillfully redrawn to acknowledge the constant influence of its invisible foundations on everyday human behavior.

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To ask other readers questions about The Wayward Mindplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Jan 10, Lee Kofman rated it really liked it.

I love the sheer ambition of this book, and the author’s erudition and the breadth of references. I learned a lot from the book. Still, overall this book is a gem in many ways, and I particularly enjoyed the discussion of creative processes. Nov 11, Ed rated it it was amazing.

Really interesting intellectual history of the idea of the unconscious, coupled with some relevant neuroscience. In delineating the unconscious he of course has a lot of interesting things to say about the conscious mind.

I loved the way he used so much intellectual history to tell his story, while continually connecting it back to emerging neuroscience. A very generative book that I will have to read a second time to get the most out of it.

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It’s insights continue to reverberate and change how I Really interesting intellectual history of the idea of the unconscious, coupled with some relevant neuroscience.

Tje insights continue to reverberate and change how I think about how I think, decide and what goes on in my brain that I am not consciously aware of. Apr 16, Tom Goulter rated it really liked it. Better in the earlier “these are some things that people have thought” chapters than in the later, breathless-exclamation-laden “these are some things I know” portion particularly with leading neuroscientists coming forward to assure Claxton his facts are kind of all wrong.

Gets its shit back together in the closing chapter, in which the book returns to humbler, more exploratory ground – even if the warnings against taking unsubstantiated scientific speculation too seriously might be better di Better in the earlier “these are some things that people have thought” chapters than in the later, breathless-exclamation-laden “these are some things I know” portion particularly with leading neuroscientists coming forward to assure Claxton his facts are kind of wwyward wrong.

Gets its shit back together in the closing chapter, in which the book returns to humbler, more exploratory ground – even if the warnings against taking unsubstantiated scientific speculation too seriously might be better directed back at Claxton himself. Aug 09, Gordon rated it really liked it Shelves: My impressions were up and down all through the book.

Invariably clever, but not consistently insightful and certainly not quite what I was expecting. The best part in my opinion, and not surprisingly given Claxton’s training came towards the end, on the neurological aspects of unconsciousness. All in all a convincing portrait of what’s going on “in there” – one that challenges many fundamental beliefs.

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His many publications include Hare Brain, Tortoise Mind: He lives in the UK. Books by Guy Claxton. Trivia About The Wayward Mind No trivia or quizzes yet. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.