The Ghost in the Machine
With this new work, Arthur Koestler completes a cycle which started with The Sleepwalkers and continued with The Act of Creation. They were concerned with scientific discovery and artistic inspiration - the glory of man; The Ghost in the Machine culminates in a discussion of the predicament of man - the pathology of the human mind. The streak of insanity which runs through the history of our species points, he argues, to the possibility that somewhere along the line of its ascent to prominence something has gone wrong.
THE POVERTY OF PSYCHOLOGY
The Four Pillars of Unwisdom The Rise
How to Manipulate Tautologies The Philosophy
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