New Ideas, Old Ideas

Nicholas Humphrey

  • Mind and Nature: A Necessary Unity by Gregory Bateson
    Wildwood, 238 pp, £7.50

At the end of his life, the distinguished biologist C.H. Waddington took part in a discussion about the nature of mind. The circumstances were unusual. Waddington lay flat on his back, and his words were read from a prepared text by a friend. The discussion between him and the other two participants was lively: until, that is, there came a point when Waddington, having momentarily silenced his colleagues, abruptly left the room. The platform on which he was resting sank beneath him and his body was committed to the flames.

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