|aOriginally published: San Francisco : Chandler Pub. Co., 1972. With new foreword.
|aIncludes bibliographical references and index.
|aIntroduction: The science of mind and order -- Metalogues. Why do things get in a muddle? -- Why do Frenchmen? -- About games and being serious -- How much do you know? -- Why do things have outlines? -- Why a swan? -- What is an instinct? -- Form and pattern in anthropology. Culture contact and schismogenesis -- Experiments in thinking about observed ethnological material -- Morale and national character -- Bali: the value system of a steady state -- Style, grace, and information in primitive art -- Form and pathology in relationship. Social planning and the concept of deutero-learning -- A theory of play and fantasy -- Epidemiology of a schizophrenia -- Toward a theory of schizophrenia -- The group dynamics of schizophrenia -- Minimal requirements for a theory of schizophrenia -- Double bind, 1969 -- The logical categories of learning and communication -- The cybernetics of "self": a theory of alcoholism -- Biology and evolution. On empty-headedness among biologists and state boards of education -- The role of somatic change in evolution -- Problems in cetacean and other mammalian communication -- A re-examination of "Bateson's Rule" -- Epistemology and ecology. Cybernetic explanation -- Redundancy and coding -- Conscious purpose versus nature -- Effects of conscious purpose on human adaptation -- Form, substance and difference -- Crisis in the ecology of mind. From Versaille to cybernetics -- Pathologies of epistemology -- The roots of ecological crisis -- Ecology and flexibility in urban civilization.
|aGregory Bateson was a philosopher, anthropologist, photographer, naturalist and poet, as well as the husband and collaborator of Margaret Mead. This anthology of his major work contains a foreword by his daughter Mary Catherine Bateson.