Steps to an ecology of mind : collected essays in anthropology, psychiatry, evolution, and epistemology

  title={Steps to an ecology of mind : collected essays in anthropology, psychiatry, evolution, and epistemology},
  author={Gregory Bateson},
arguments, that Gregory and others labored to “unpack” over the intervening years; and still there are surprises hidden within them that become visible as the reader comes to move freely in the text. Frequently , during his career, as his Introduction indicates, Gregory felt as if he were speaking and writing in a foreign language. People did not simply agree or disagree with him; they were bewildered or intoxicated. Mark Engels, in his 1971 Preface, recognized the analogy between the “mind… Expand
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