(08 December 07)

Authority is one of the big words in both life and study. Who to believe, who to quote, who to respect and who to obey? A few months ago I received a book via the SoFiA mailbox, kindly sent by the author. A thickish tome I was instantly interested by the title, The Mind of Consciousness. Over the next few weeks I dipped into it. The style of the writing was a little idiosyncratic and the content somewhat repetitious. Having a long-standing interest in psychology, spirituality and psychoanalysis with their attendant theme of self-awareness I kept going back to it. But I noticed there were no references to other thinkers and writers, no big names that I might I have recognized. I turned to the back and found no bibliography. But there was a web site so I got on line. There was a photo of the author but, and by now I was not surprised, no biography, except an assurance that the author had had a common enough run of life experiences including ones that lead to a search for answers and better solutions. No hint though of the sources that he had gone to, just the maxim, “taste and see”. Recently I have gone back to reading about the, again rather idiosyncratic, French psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan. He became impatient with the way psychoanalytic training in France tended to become rigid and rule-bound with little attention being paid to ‘formation’, the experiences that would bring about real involvement with the subject matter and so change, develop and mould the debutant analyst. But he was by all accounts an authoritarian character and when chaos broke out he dissolved the training school he himself had created. Yet he remains a ‘leading light’ in the discipline. I cannot help wondering who the ‘leading lights’ are that have guided the author of the “The Mind of Consciousness”? If you are curious then you can start at the web site.


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