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Janus : a summing up

Author: Arthur Koestler
Publisher: New York : Random House, ©1978.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st American edView all editions and formats
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Janus is both a summing up and continuation of Koestler's work over the past twenty-five years, since he turned from politics to the sciences of life- or more precisely, to the 'evolution, creativity and pathology of the human mind'. The insights gained on that long journey are here assembled in a coherent and comprehensive synthesis, and in the last part of the book, he offers us a tantalizing 'glance through the  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Koestler, Arthur, 1905-1983.
Janus.
New York : Random House, c1978
(OCoLC)610034780
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Arthur Koestler
ISBN: 0394500520 9780394500522
OCLC Number: 3627241
Notes: Includes index.
Description: 354 p. ; 22 cm.
Contents: Prologue: the new calendar --
pt. 1. Outline of a system: The Holarchy --
Beyond eros and thanatos --
The three dimensions of emotion --
Ad majorem gloriam... --
An alternative to despair --
pt. 2. The creative mind: Humour and wit --
The art of discovery --
The discoveries of art --
pt. 3. Creative evolution: Crumbling citadels --
Lamarck revisited --
Strategies and purpose in evolution --
pt. 4. New horizons: Free will in a heirarchic context --
Physics and metaphysics --
A glance through the keyhole --
Beyond atomism and holism- the concept of the holon --
An experiment in perception --
Notes on the autonomic nervous system --
UFOs: a festival of absurdity.
Responsibility: Arthur Koestler.

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Janus is both a summing up and continuation of Koestler's work over the past twenty-five years, since he turned from politics to the sciences of life- or more precisely, to the 'evolution, creativity and pathology of the human mind'. The insights gained on that long journey are here assembled in a coherent and comprehensive synthesis, and in the last part of the book, he offers us a tantalizing 'glance through the key-hole' from subatomic physics to metaphysics.

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