Reviews & Blurbs
with Sarah McConnell on the WVTF radio program, "With Good
by Leslie de Galbert, Cahier jungiens de psychanalyze,
129, June 2009: 112-13. Click here
of Carl Jung, Darwin of the Mind on Spinalnature.com:
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
"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.