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Three Interesting Books
2003-03-03

I think that I've been following a particular vein of thought ever since I started working at Caversham Booksellers over a year ago. But it was only during a recent intense conversation (read fierce debate) with one of my friends, now a psychotherapist, that I came to realise exactly what that vein is. I have been studying cognitive science at U of Toronto for a while now, and looking at the books on my bookshelf, this has been a passion that I have been pursuing off and on for most of my inteligent life. For those of you who do not know what it is, cognitive science is an attempt to bring several fields and disciplines together, disciplines that have traditionally been at odds with one another but which have more or less been concerned with studying the same thing. That thing is, of course, how the brain, a biological organ, can produce dazzling behaviour such as music, space missions, schizophrenia and poetry, just to name a few. And the disciplines interested in this research are just as disparate, from linguistics to literary criticism, from neurology to philosophy, from anthropology to computer science.

Working in an incredibly busy bookstore rarely seems to give me time just to sit back and work on my own projects. However, I only have to turn 360 degrees from behind the counter to see so many different fields, from psychoanalysis to mindfulness to hypnosis to family therapy, all concerned with roughly the same thing yet seemingly all speaking completely different languages. Two things become abundantly clear though - first that each of these psychological professions can tell us a lot both about how the mind works and how best to help people in their lives, and second, that people in each of these fields could greatly benefit from a more open dialoague with professionals from other fields. With this in mind, I'd like to recommend a few books that we in the bookstore have read that could help to narrow some of the gaps between the assorted professionals who are all working for the same goals. - K

by: Karl

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