Darwin of the Mind – Back Cover Endorsements
“Thomas Lawson offers Jung for the thinking and acting man and woman. Lucidly and humanely explicating Jung’s deepest insights, he also shows how they make sense in daily life as in a court trial or when a dog is run over or a bird ‘spooked’ by a vehicle, and he eschews vague mystique inviting us to think through Jung’s perspective in clear, mature language. He also develops a suggestive argument about the evolution of consciousness, drawing on contexts ranging from contemporary physics and genetics to philosophy. The argument will inform Jungians and others in the mental health field, but this work is helpful to anyone pondering and living in the world. I am grateful for this work!”
– James Peacock, Chapel Hill, past president of the American Anthropological Association, author of Consciousness and Change.
“As a follower for many years of the great Swiss psychiatrist C.G. Jung, I have enjoyed Mr. Lawson’s book very much indeed. It is gratifying that its principal effect can only be to widen and popularize Jung’s ideas. While I have always found Sigmund Freud a bit difficult, I cannot speak too highly of a book that explains to ordinary readers like myself Jung’s readily comprehensible work. I hope that it will be widely read by lay followers of Jung, both in the United States and the United Kingdom.”
– Richard Adams, Whitchurch, U. K., novelist, author of Watership Down and numerous other books.
“Publication of Tom Lawson’s Carl Jung, Darwin of the Mind can only be described as synchronistic when seen in the light of today’s awareness of the pertinence of the neurosciences to psychoanalysis and depth psychology. In developing his thesis of the evolution of consciousness through culture rather than through genetic selection, Lawson draws an original parallel between the theories of Jung and those of Darwin. With a minimum of jargon and a deep understanding of analytical psychology, the author reaffirms Jung’s own thesis that although archetype and instinct are the most polar opposites imaginable, they belong together as correspondences and must be regarded from a scientific standpoint. Along the way, the reader may acquaint or re-acquaint himself – perhaps from a new perspective – with Jungian thought. The Jung that emerges from this reading is the one he himself always claimed to be: a man of science for whom psyche and soma, the mind and the body, are of a whole.”
– Leslie deGalbert, Paris, Jungian analyst.