MIND and LOVE: The Human Experience
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This refreshingly new explanation of the way our minds work in everyday experience combines the latest social neuroscience with the new-paradigm biology of Maturana and Varela. It reveals blindspots that spoil our lives, e.g., the mistaken ideas that meaning is transferable, that decisions come from conscious awareness, or that knowledge is a commodity. The biological significance of love and the value of embracing uncertainty and respecting the unknown point to a very hopeful vision for our future.
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Feb 20, 2011This is a lovely book. It is also an important book. Lovely as it covers components of our lived experience which may touch you, the reader, in ways which will likely surprise and delight. It is well written and easy to read. I suspect that you will receive much pleasure, indeed feel happy, as you follow the train of thought and receive the illumination and inspiration this will bring forth. Important as the author has, in my opinion, produced a book of great potential significance on the core of our being as humans, Mind and Love. For he has drawn on modern ideas in neurobiology, with their links to age old wisdom, and tucked them into a structure which you may find particularly helpful to grasp the very practical significance of deeper understanding of these twin essences. The focus on ‘blind spots’ is a nice pointer to key elements of our experience which we may well have found puzzling. To identify, outline and suggest the significance of ‘blind spots’ is a substantial achievement... More > in regard to creating a structure with which to express the remarkably emancipating ideas in the book. A close look at each of these could bring an ‘aha’ experience as you come to appreciate the errors of judgment we all make arising from our assumptions in regard to perceptions of issues and events being similar to those of others. Could having these brought to your attention also help you to observe what goes on in the world around through general ‘failing to notice’ them? On the premise that: "The range of what we think and do is limited by what we fail to notice. And because we fail to notice that we fail to notice there is little we can do to change until we notice how failing to notice shapes our thoughts and deeds." R.D.Laing The author claims that he is bringing new ideas about how our mind works in our everyday experience in a thoroughly readable - yet accurate - way. A bold claim indeed and one I feel is fully justified. The proof of the pudding, naturally, is what you experience when you read and reflect, share this with others and notice what a difference this makes to how you operate in the world. As Heinz von Foerster has noted: “If you wish to learn how to see learn how to act.” Could the understanding which this brings lead to our using our ‘mind’ more effectively to live more harmoniously with ourselves, with others and with the natural world in which we are an integral part? To help to bring about what Anita Roddick, founder of ‘The Body Shop’, was quoted as saying: "If civilisation is going to survive, business and policy makers must move on, to find within themselves more developed emotions than fear or greed." The means by which to do this through love is clearly at the core of the book. Just how important this is becomes ever more urgent as we now know as a species that: In our globalized world, everybody is fast becoming our neighbor. To be treated well. Do we have a choice other than to act through using our mind to connect lovingly with others in the present moment of life? I wish to declare my personal interest in this book. Lloyd Fell and I have had a fine friendship since we met ‘by chance?’ in Sydney in 1988. Over the next twenty plus years we have had many conversations and also personal encounters in different parts of Australia. I feel greatly privileged to have observed how his abilities as an author and song writer have blossomed and matured, culminating in this lovely and important book. As a mutual friend who has a copy has conveyed to me personally: “Thank you so much Lloyd for all of your work and thinking on Autopoiesis that culminates in this book at this time! … I understand the enormous value of what you've created. Your work will be treasured.”< Less
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- Lloyd Fell (Standard Copyright License)
- January 4, 2011
- Perfect-bound Paperback
- Interior Ink
- Black & white
- 1.05 lbs.
- Dimensions (inches)
- 6 wide x 9 tall
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