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The Wayward Mind By Guy Claxton

The Wayward Mind by Guy Claxton

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Guy Claxton frees the unconscious from its narrow psychoanalytic confines and explores its evolution from the Sun God myths of Ancient Eygpt to the insights of 21st century neuroscience.

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The Wayward Mind: An Intimate History of the Unconscious by Guy Claxton

The unconscious has had a long and chequered history. For at least the last 4,000 years, societies have concocted comforting fables in the face of the recurrent puzzles of human existence - death, dreaming, madness, possession, inspiration - that invariably rely on some notion of the unconscious. Supernatural 'fairy stories' need some internal proxy or contact point through which the influence of demons and spirits can flow. And without such gods and forces, some psychological machinery is needed to take over their work. But what IS the unconscious? Is it 'God's viceroy', the soul? Is it the locked ward of Freudian desire? Is the subliminal mind the source of the sublime emotions of the Romantics? Is is the mental microchip of cognitive science? Or is it simply the brain?

The Wayward Mind Reviews

'Claxton's quest for the origins of the unconscious mind combines page-turning narrative with cutting-edge neuroscience. His ideas about how and why the brain creates our oddest experiences are both imaginative and credible. The book makes an important contribution to our understanding of what it is to be human' Rita Carter, author of MAPPING THE MIND and CONSCIOUSNESS.

About Guy Claxton

Guy Claxton is an internationally renowned writer, consultant, lecturer and academic specialising in creativity, education and the mind. He has a double first in Natural Science from Cambridge, a doctorate in psychology from Oxford and has held the post of Visiting Professor in Learning Science at the University of Bristol since 1993.

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The Wayward Mind: An Intimate History of the Unconscious by Guy Claxton
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Little, Brown & Company
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