Understanding Gregory Bateson

Understanding Gregory Bateson

Mind, Beauty, and the Sacred Earth

By Noel G. Charlton

State University of New York Press, Hardcover, 9780791474518, 276pp.

Publication Date: May 2008

Gregory Bateson (1904 1980), anthropologist, psychologist, systems thinker, student of animal communication, and insightful environmentalist, was one of the most important holistic thinkers of the twentieth century. Noel G. Charlton offers this first truly accessible introduction to Bateson's work, distilling and clarifying Bateson's understanding of the mind or mental systems as being present throughout the living Earth, in systems and creatures of all kinds. Part biography, part overview of the evolution of his ideas, Charlton's book situates Bateson's thought in relation to that of other ecological thinkers. This long-awaited volume opens up this challenging thinker's body of work and introduces it to a new generation of readers.