Bateson Reading Group
We will be reading one of the 20th Century’s seminal works, the collection of essays by Gregory Bateson assembled in the book called Steps to an Ecology of Mind, and, as a counterpoint, essays and poems by his daughter Nora Bateson under the title Small Arcs of Larger Circles.
Books We’re Reading
Steps to an Ecology of MindGregory Bateson
The idea of an “Ecology of Mind” is as relevant and innovative today as when Gregory Bateson first proposed this – that mind and natural systems are intimately linked together and follow similar patterns. Some of the papers (the chapters are reproducti …
Small Arcs of Larger CirclesNora Bateson
Nora Bateson’s book choreographs her father’s seminal ideas in a charming set of texts that deepens his thought in some areas and delights us in many others, providing a fresh perspective grounded in contemporary life.
Complementary Reading and Additional Media
- Gregory Bateson and Mary Catherine Bateson, “Angels Fear : Towards an Epistemology of the Sacred”, Hampton Press, 224 pp.
- Gregory Bateson, “Mind and Nature : A Necessary Unity”, Bantam.
- “An Ecology of Mind : A Daughter’s Portrait of Gregory Bateson” (film) : https://vimeo.com/ondemand/bateson