Carl Jung: Darwin of the Mind, by Thomas T. Lawson
Karnac Books, 9781855754683, 226 pp., 2008
Jung is often considered what of the greatest minds of the age, one of the founding fathers of psychology. Lawson seeks “to pull together the thought of Carl Jung and place it in a non-technical way within a contemporary context, so as to make it accessible to the general reader” as Jung never wrote much for the public. Rather than being a “Jung 101″ book, or a dumbed down version of his writings, this book is an intelligent exploration of Jung’s ideas relying less on the professional language of psychology, focusing on the consciousness and unconsciousness as a direct product of evolution.
“we have a mechanism whereby conscious might evolve. The mechanism is directly analogous to genetic evolution and operates according to the basic formula of natural selection”
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The Psychopath’s Bible: For the Extreme Individual, by Christopher S. Hyatt and Dr. Jack Willis
New Falcon, 1561841749, 216 pp. (incl. appendices), 1994, 2000, 2003
The Psychopath’s Bible opens with a disclaimer, and the next dozen or so pages continue this theme, warning the reader about the hazards of reading the terrible and horrifying material within, which is more than a little over the top for my taste, but entertaining nonetheless. It is primarily compiled of three ‘manuals’ and three appendices. Nicholas Tharcher sums up the basic theme of the book well in the forward when he says, “In some ways this is a book of social philosophy; in other was it is a book of technique. Which it is for you may depend more on your attitude than anything else. Continue reading
The Illuminatus! Trilogy: The Eye in the Pyramid, The Golden Apple, Leviathan, by Robert Shea and Robert Anton Wilson
Dell, 0440539811 816 p.
It’s a classic. That’s what everybody says about it. It’s got style, class, and a very neat way of fucking up your head. It jumps, changes, moves, twists and turns all the way through until you’re no longer sure what the plot is, or why you’re even trying to follow it any more.
It plays games with you. It entices you in by being all cute and cuddly and voluptuous and entertaining and then [wap] it beats you over the head with a wet penguin from mars to break your complacency.
Pay attention. It’s fun, but there’s an undercurrent of seriousness in the gameplay that you’ll be able to pick out if you pay attention.
Four and a half wet fishes out of three.
Prometheus Rising, by Robert Anton Wilson
New Falcon Publications, 1561840564, September 1992
Where do you begin? This book is, in essence, an examination of Timothy Leary’s eight-circuit model of consciousness. However, along the way of exploration, it also calls into question many other different ways of looking at the world. It contains a series of exercises designed to help you understand the import of the eight circuit model, with each set of exercises building on the last. It would make sense to read this book through once, and then re-read it at each stage, stopping to perform each set of exercises.
If you’re looking for a detailed examination of the model, it’s a decent book, but it’s also well worth looking up Leary’s own thoughts on the subject because Wilson is essentially concentrating on getting you to apply the model more so than explain it in detail or trying to prove it to you.
The book is an entertaining read in itself, and should open your eyes a little along the way too. At the very least, it could widen your reality tunnels a little further, and at best could turn your understanding of the world around you inside out and upside down.