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Runaway : Gregory Bateson, the double bind, and the rise of ecological consciousness

Author: Anthony Chaney
Publisher: Chapel Hill : The University of North Carolina Press, [2017]
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The anthropologist Gregory Bateson has been called a lost giant of twentieth-century thought. In the years following World War II, Bateson was among the group of mathematicians, engineers, and social scientists who laid the theoretical foundations of the information age. In Palo Alto in 1956, he introduced the double-bind theory of schizophrenia. By the sixties, he was in Hawaii studying dolphin communication.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Named Person: Gregory Bateson; Gregory Bateson; Gregory Bateson
Material Type: Biography, Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Anthony Chaney
ISBN: 9781469631738 1469631733
OCLC Number: 964698458
Description: 304 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: The way to Waimanalo --
Difficulties at the metalevel --
The hurly-burly of natural history --
Faith and fight --
Signals from the goal --
Double-bind generation --
Animal stories --
The good son --
Schismogenesis --
The curious twist --
Love and trust --
The back end of the probe.
Responsibility: Anthony Chaney.

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The anthropologist Gregory Bateson has been called a lost giant of twentieth-century thought. In the years following World War II, Bateson was among the group of mathematicians, engineers, and social scientists who laid the theoretical foundations of the information age. In Palo Alto in 1956, he introduced the double-bind theory of schizophrenia. By the sixties, he was in Hawaii studying dolphin communication. Bateson{u2019}s discipline hopping made established experts wary, but he found an audience open to his ideas in a generation of rebellious youth. To a gathering of counterculturalists and revolutionaries in 1967 London, Bateson was the first to warn of a ?greenhouse effect? that could lead to runaway climate change. Blending intellectual biography with an ambitious reappraisal of the 1960s, Anthony Chaney uses Bateson{u2019}s life and work to explore the idea that a postmodern ecological consciousness is the true legacy of the decade. Surrounded by voices calling for liberation of all kinds, Bateson spoke of limitation and dependence. But he also offered an affirming new picture of human beings and their place in the world{u2014}as ecologies knit together in a fabric of meaning that, said Bateson, ?we might as well call Mind.? --

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Helps to provide a foundation for the ecological consciousness that emerged from the counterculture ideas in the mid-20th century.--Library Journal

 
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