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In His Steps

Auhtor: Charles Sheldon

Language: english

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fiction and literature,  religion,  women studies
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Review by O. Brown, December 2010


Rating: (*****)
Copyright: Public Domain in the U.S.
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Summary of the Book 'In His Steps':

Steps to an Ecology of Mind is a collection of Gregory Batesons short works over his long and varied career. Subject matter includes essays on anthropology cybernetics psychiatry and epistemology. It was originally published by Chandler Publishing Company in 1972. The book begins with a series of metalogues which take the form of conversations with his daughter Mary Catherine Bateson. The metalogues are mostly intriguing thought exercises with titles such as What is an Instinct and How Much Do You Know. In the metalogues the playful dialectic structure itself is closely related to the subject matter of the piece. The next section is a collection of anthropological writings many of which were written while he was married to Margaret Mead. Part III is devoted to the theme of Form and Pathology in Relationships. His essay on alcoholism is a good example of his commanding intellect. He examines the alcoholic state of mind and the methodology of Alcoholics Anonymous within the framework of the then-nascent field of cybernetics. Part IV is a collection of writings on Biology and Evolution. Part V is devoted to Epistemology and Ecology. Part VI is entitled Crisis in the Ecology of Mind.

Excerpts from the Book 'In His Steps':


... the sky was free from all threatening signs, and every one in Mr. Maxwell's parish prepared to go to church. When the service opened at eleven o'clock ...
... which he was even now moving. But something of his feeling passed from him to them, and it did not seem to him that he was acting under a careless impulse ...
... it what it wants, and let some one else do the reforming business. Yours,-. Here followed the name of one of Norman's old friends, the editor ...
... intelligent working men in the country today. But they are, as a whole, entirely removed from church influence. I asked, 'What would Jesus do.' and ...
... a pause. Oh, yes, quite often. said Rachel with a smile. Are you thinking of me now.. Yes. That is-yes-I am.. What.. Do you want ...
... foolish. What do you think.. I think you kept your promise, Fred. I cannot believe Jesus would do newspaper reporting on Sunday as you were asked ...
... a great many times. The effect of his message this morning owed its power to the unusual fact of his preaching about the saloon at all, together with ...
... I want to do something that will cost me something in the way of sacrifice. I am hungry to suffer something. Truly, Mazzini was right when ...
... smitten into helpless astonishment. The saloon-keeper had come to the door of the saloon and was standing there looking on with his hands on his hips. ...
... weeping a part of the time, sobbing when Rachel sang the song, I was a wandering sheep, clinging with almost visible, tangible yearning to the one hope ...
... The field where the tent now is, has been in litigation for years. We mean to secure the entire tract as soon as the courts have settled the title. ...
... to the point of extreme irritability when he was thwarted-served to thrust him into an isolation that was intensified by his habits as an author. All ...
... his entire fortune in obedience to what he believed was Jesus' action, and revolutionized his entire conduct of the paper at the risk of a failure. I ...
... I must have a talk with him about it.. He is at home and will preach tomorrow, said Felicia. Perhaps he will tell us something about it.. There ...
... and sent for Dr. Bruce. She had then insisted on seeing her husband. In spite of Felicia's efforts, she had compelled Clara to support her while she ...
... And in this particular case it was the nearest approach to anything that would satisfy the hunger of these two men to suffer for Christ. There had ...
... took off his hat and getting up from the stone walked over to the Bishop until they were near enough to touch each other. The man's hair was coal ...
... to men without families. Suppose a man's wife or children were ill. How would he move or get into the country. How could he pay even the meager sum necessary ...
... been to charity institutions, and I have done everything when out of a job except steal and lie in order to get food and fuel. I don't know as Jesus ...
... money to establish missions or relieve extreme cases of want. Is it any sacrifice for a man who is worth ten million dollars simply to give ten thousand ...