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Wayward Mind
By Guy Claxton

The Wayward Mind

An Intimate History of the Unconscious

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Wayward Mind by Guy Claxton

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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?

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780349116549
ISBN-10: 0349116547
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 126mm x 26mm)
Pages: 416
Imprint: Abacus
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Publish Date: 2-Feb-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - 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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