Intriguing history of the unconscious

The Wayward Mind: An Intimate History of the Unconscious, by Guy Claxton, Little, Brown, €28.80.

22nd January, 2005

The Wayward Mind: An Intimate History of the Unconscious, by Guy Claxton, Little, Brown, €28.80.

Most human beings resist the idea that we are simply the sum of our physical parts. Conversely, we tend to accept that stones are simply stones, vegetables are simply vegetables and birds are simply birds.

We may admire, cherish and even celebrate them, but we don't consider them to possess more mysterious, metaphysical or unconscious aspects to their beings.

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