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Before We Were Young: Exploration of Primordial States of Mind

: Paul, Michael I

This work represents a convergence of the Michael Ian Paul’s background with neuroscience, art, aesthetics, psychoanalytic practice, tutorial and psychoanalytic experience. Read more…

Unbounded Consciousness: Qualia, Mind and Self

: Singer, Ming

The enigma of consciousness fascinates psychologists, philosophers, neuroscientists and physicists. The author of this book, Ming Singer,  is interested in the qualitative aspects of consciousness, known by the philosophical term qualia. In this book she puts forward an original and integrative theory of consciousness that argues for the inseparability of qualitative and non-qualitative aspects and for the restoration of the concept of psyche. Read more…

Distinguishing Psychological from Organic Disorders: Screening for Psychological Masquerade

: Taylor, Robert L.

This volume is designed to help clinicians assess medical conditions which are “masquerading” as psychological ones. The author, Robert L. Taylor,  provides essential clues to our understanding of organic disease and shows how to look for these clues during the clinical interview process. Common clinical pitfalls, simple assessment tests, and over 100 case studies are included. New to this edition: obsessive/compulsive disorders; the “love delusion”; postictal psychosis; an update on AIDS; dementia complex; atypical neuroleptics; SSRI’s and newer general medications; and alternative medicine section; multiple sclerosis; ADHD; Lyme’s disease; and an updated bibliography and references. Read more…

Cyborg Worlds: The Military Information Society

: Levidow, Lev

Lev Levidow has been Managing Editor of Science as Culture since its inception in 1987, and of its predecessor, the Radical Science Journal. He is Research Fellow at the Open University. He has been involved in the Palestine Solidarity Campaign. Collection of 7 essays + Introduction on military technology, cyborg soldiers, infotech, the post-Fordist interface between man & machine, automated war, & much more. Read more…

Sentience: Companion to Reason

: Singer, Ming

Ming Singer’s work is about bridging the current deeply-held divide between sentience and reason. It focuses on the pragmatic role of sentient experience and its unceasing and inseparable interplay with the exercise of reason. Part I of the book deals first with the need for synthesizing the hitherto separate “truth-finding” knowledge traditions: the third-personal scientific-technological, and the first-personal humanistic-wisdom tradition. A conceptual framework for a mind reality is then proposed. Drawing from the unifying natural laws in current physical and biological sciences, the mind reality is portrayed in terms of one interlocking open dynamic system with both a manifested and a covert aspect. In this entire system, each individual mind constantly “co-creates” and “co-evolves” with other collective or group minds at various levels. It is also presumed that the basic unit of interaction in the mind reality is thought or intent. Supporting evidence from psychology, parapsychology and the ancient perennial philosophies is presented. The second part of the book addresses the pragmatic consequences of the proposed mind reality. At the individual level, it is argued that sentient experience can serve the function of guiding, affirming and fostering an individual’s life’s work. A selection of existing first-personal accounts is presented to illustrate this point. At the collective level, the current dominant collective thought of “new capitalism” has the unfortunate consequences for humanity’s sense of freedom, education and morality. Such consequences pertain to the “exteriorization” and the “deconstruction” of the intrinsic self and intrinsic values. To avoid this to happen, a collective effort at changing consciousness becomes necessary: the core task lies with the closure of the reason and sentience divide. Read more…

Judo with Words

: Berckhan, Barbara

This is a handbook for verbal self-defence. Barbara Berckhan describes the techniques for protecting and defending oneself effectively in challenging communication situations, and how to shorten hostile interchanges, and to stop provocations. It gives constructive alternatives to being tongue-tied and feeling powerles in the face of aggression, teaches how to shorten angry interchanges and how to gracefully exit an argument, how to give a verbal riposte without getting emotionally too involved, and how to build an invisible mental “shield” that serves to protect our integrity. Read more…

Scientification of Love

: Odent, Michel

Until recently love existed in the realm of poets, artists and philosophers. Latterly it has been studies from multiple scientific perspectives. The author argues that the specialist approach has overlooked the importance of love as a potential new strategy for human survival, and that the old survival strategy, the domination of nature and other human groups, is no longer appropriate. By weaving together data from a multitude of disciplines, Michel Odent is able to back up his argument in insightful and exciting ways, making the case for the adoption of radical new strategies for human survival. This revised edition includes two new chapters. Michel Odent is the author of The Farmer and the Obstetrician, also published by Free Association Books and and is more familiarly known as the obstetrician who introduced new birthing concepts which played a significant part in the radical change in attitudes towards maternity and childbirth in recent years. The author of 10 books in 19 languages, Dr Odent continues his research at the Primal Health Centre in London, which he founded. Read more…

The Farmer and the Obstetrician

: Odent, Michel

Michel Odent’s title seeks to show how farming and childbirth have been industrialized side by side during the 20th century with dramatic and disturbing consequences. In both cases innovations have been presented as the long awaited solution to an old problem. The advent of synthetic pesticides has increased agricultural productivity, similarly the advent of the safe caesarean section has offerd new reasons to create gigantic obstetrical departments. In both spheres sceptics voiced fears concerning the negative long term consequences of the use of novel, little tested practices. The industrialization of farming has sparked a series of disasters, industrialized childbirth has not, yet, reached the same phase of its history. Read more…