Tagged: Gregory Bateson

Bateson: The Cybernetics of “Self”: A Theory of Alcoholism

The following excerpt for Ecology of Mind by Gregory Bateson is one of the best articles about alcoholism I have found so far. It is also an example for Bateson’s style of thinking. He outlines some of his basic assumptions. Quoted From: Gregory Bateson: ‘Steps to an Ecology of Mind’ ‘Part III: Form and Pathology in Relationship’  Originally published 1972, University of Chicago Press edition 2000. ISBN 0-226-03905-6 The Cybernetics of “Self”: A Theory of Alcoholism The “logic” of alcoholic addiction has puzzled psychiatrists no less than the “logic” of the strenuous spiritual regime whereby the organization Alcoholics Anony­mous is...

Gregory Bateson – Quotes

What is the pattern that connects all living creatures? (Bateson, Mind and Nature, 1979, p.8) ‘But the bits and pieces of mind which appear before consciousness invariably give a false picture of mind as a whole. The systemic character of mind is never there depicted, because the sampling is governed by purpose. We never see in consciousness that the mind is like an ecosystem – a self-corrective network of circuits. We only see arcs of these circuits. And the instinctive vulgarity of scientists consists precisely in mistaking these arcs for the larger truth, i.e., thinking that because what is seen...