Steps to an Ecology of Mind

  title={Steps to an Ecology of Mind},
  author={G. Bateson},
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… Expand
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Minimal requirements for a theory of schizophrenia.
  • G. Bateson
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • A.M.A. archives of general psychiatry
  • 1960
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