‘Knots’ – By R.D. Laing

(Sorry for posting so much today, keep finding old bits on my computer that never got published)

I read a really good psychology book today (March 19th, 2008): ‘Knot’s by R.D. Laing. Some parts I felt were sexist, but a lot of the book is cynical, insinuative, and intelligently ironic, so I concluded that maybe the ‘sexism’ was in fact just mocking sexism…thereby rendering it free of sexism. It’s a book full of delightful moderate contradictions, and explores the cycles of thought in a typical human mind, it does so through poetry and formulas of wording. It’s basically a case of ‘she knows that he knows that we know that they know that he doesn’t know that they know’

7 responses

  1. I’ve heard of this book, but never read it before. I doubt the tiny town library I go to would have it but I’ll see if they can get it. Sounds interesting. I read a “book” you might like. It is called “The man who mistook his wife for a hat” by Oliver Sacks. It’s 24 case studies involving people Dr. Sacks has treated. The ones I remember well: one guy loses all of his short term memory a la memento, and a woman who’s brain loses all feeling to her own body. It is really interesting and makes you think about what makes you who you are…whether you are your body, your brain, your memories, etc.

    • Ok that’s it, you’re psychic, it’s official. ‘The man who mistook his wife for a hat’ has been top of my ‘Need to Read’ list on my iPhone for ages. I still haven’t gotten round to it, so I’m really glad you’ve reminded me in your comment. I’ve only read a few pages of it, online that is, but wanted to wait to get a hard copy.

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