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Robin Robertson - Author

About the Author

Robin Robertson is from the north-east coast of Scotland. His first collection won a number of prizes, including the 1997 Forward Prize for Best First Collection and the Saltire Scottish First Book of the Year Award. He recently received the 2004 E.M. Forster Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and was selected by the Poetry Book Society as one of twenty Next Generation poets.

Featured books by Robin Robertson

Hill of Doors

Hill of Doors

Author: Robin Robertson Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/02/2013

Shortlisted for the Costa Poetry Award 2013. Charged with strangeness and beauty, Hill of Doors is a haunted and haunting book, where each successive poem seems a shape conjured from the shadows, and where the uncanny is made physically present. The collection sees the return of some familiar members of the Robertson company, including Strindberg -- heading, as usual, towards calamity -- and the shape-shifter Dionysus. Four loose retellings of stories of the Greek god form pillars for the book, alongside four short Ovid versions. Threaded through these are a series of pieces about the poet's childhood on the north-east coast, his fascination with the sea and the islands of Scotland. However, the reader will also discover a distinct new note in Robertson's austere but ravishing poetry: towards the possibility of contentment -- a house, a door, a key -- finding, at last, a 'happiness of the hand and heart'.

Other books by Robin Robertson

The Long Take: Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize

The Long Take: Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize

Author: Robin Robertson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/02/2019

Winner of The Roehampton Poetry Prize 2018 A noir narrative written with the intensity and power of poetry, The Long Take is one of the most remarkable - and unclassifiable - books of recent years. Walker is a D-Day veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder; he can't return home to rural Nova Scotia, and looks instead to the city for freedom, anonymity and repair. As he moves from New York to Los Angeles and San Francisco we witness a crucial period of fracture in American history, one that also allowed film noir to flourish. The Dream had gone sour but - as those dark, classic movies made clear - the country needed outsiders to study and dramatise its new anxieties. While Walker tries to piece his life together, America is beginning to come apart: deeply paranoid, doubting its own certainties, riven by social and racial division, spiralling corruption and the collapse of the inner cities. The Long Take is about a good man, brutalised by war, haunted by violence and apparently doomed to return to it - yet resolved to find kindness again, in the world and in himself. Watching beauty and disintegration through the lens of the film camera and the eye of the poet, Robin Robertson's The Long Take is a work of thrilling originality.

One-Dish Vegan Revised and Expanded Edition 175 Soul-Satisfying Recipes for Easy and Delicious One-Pan and One-Plate Dinners

One-Dish Vegan Revised and Expanded Edition 175 Soul-Satisfying Recipes for Easy and Delicious One-Pan and One-Plate Dinners

Author: Robin Robertson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/09/2018

Get your nutrition the right way with One-Dish Vegan Revised and Expanded Edition. This cookbook features 175 nutritionally sound vegan recipes that are fast and easy-all, brimming with flavor. The first edition of One-Dish Vegan was a nutritionally well-rounded vegan cookbook that captivated home chefs. In the Revised and Expanded Edition, you will find all of this and more in the 175 fast and convenient one-dish meals, all beautifully photographed, and ready to get you cooking. The bold and vibrant recipes-including 25 new to this edition-range from the most popular categories of one-dish dining like stews, chilis, and casseroles, to a host of stove top sautes and stir-fries. You will also enjoy substantial salads, as well as pastas and other noodle-based dishes. Convenience and easy cleanup are key in One-Dish Vegan; not only can each meal be served and enjoyed in a single dish, but most can also be prepared in a single container. Now you can spend more time eating and less time cleaning. The recipes are at once homey and adventurous, comforting and surprising. Above all, they demonstrate that it really is possible to get a complete vegan meal into one dish, full of good-for-you nutrients and bright, satisfying flavors.

Veganize it! Easy DIY Recipes for a Plant-Based Kitchen

Veganize it! Easy DIY Recipes for a Plant-Based Kitchen

Author: Robin Robertson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/03/2017

This is the ultimate DIY pantry book, doing double duty with recipes for vegan staples, plus ideas on how to use them as building blocks in both new and classic recipes. Many cooks prefer to make their own basics rather than buy expensive store versions, which are often loaded with additives and preservatives. These easy recipes make it easy to stock a home pantry. Enjoy milks, cheeses, bacon, burgers, sausages, butter, and vegan Worcestershire sauce in your favourite dishes, and then try delicious recipes using the staples. Sample Bahn Mi, Sausage Biscuits, Meaty- Cheesy Pizza, Milk Shakes, Jambalaya - even Jerky and Lemon Meringue Pie. With more than 150 recipes and 50 colour photos, this will become an indispensable cookbook for vegans - and everyone else who enjoys animal-free food.

Jungian Archetypes Jung, Goedel, and the History of Archetypes

Jungian Archetypes Jung, Goedel, and the History of Archetypes

Author: Robin Robertson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/10/2016

Twenty-five hundred years ago, Pythagoras taught that the simple counting numbers are the basic building blocks of reality. A century and a half later, Plato argued that the world we live in is but a poor copy of the world of ideas. Neither realized that their numbers and ideas might also be the most basic components of the human psych: archetypes. This book traces the modern evolution of this idea from the Renaissance to the 20th century, leading up to the archetypal hypothesis of psychologist C. G. Jung, and the mirroring of mathematical ideas of Kurt Goedel.

Jungian Archetypes

Jungian Archetypes

Author: Robin Robertson Format: eBook Release Date: 28/06/2016

Twenty-five hundred years ago, Pythagoras taught that the simple counting numbers are the basic building blocks of reality. A century and a half later, Plato argued that the world we live in is but a poor copy of the world of ideas. Neither realized that their numbers and ideas might also be the most basic components of the human psych: archetypes. This book traces the modern evolution of this idea from the Renaissance to the 20th century, leading up to the archetypal hypothesis of psychologist C. G. Jung, and the mirroring of mathematical ideas of Kurt Gdel.

100 Best Vegan Recipes

100 Best Vegan Recipes

Author: Robin Robertson Format: Hardback Release Date: 22/03/2016

Expert vegan teacher, chef, and food writer Robin Robertson is more than qualified to provide the quintessential vegan recipes in 100 Best Vegan Recipes. Her enticing collection of 100 recipes and 23 beautiful photos will inspire any cook, vegan or not, with recipes such as Asparagus Edamame Bisque, Bahn Mi Tostadas, Provencal Burgers, Country-Fried Tofu with Golden Gravy, and Crazy for Carrot Cake. With complete information on the vegan kitchen and pantry, vegan proteins, and vegan baking, this indispensable kitchen companion makes anyone into a successful cook with recipes covering snacks and appetizers, soups and stews, lunches and brunches, pasta, beans and grains, sides, and desserts. This essential and approachable book provides creative and delicious recipes for every meal of the day. Robertson's authoritative knowledge makes this a must-have guide for vegans, vegetarians, or omnivores - anyone wishing to incorporate the benefits of vegan eating into a healthy diet.

Cook the Pantry Vegan Pantry-to-Plate Recipes in 20 Minutes (or Less!)

Cook the Pantry Vegan Pantry-to-Plate Recipes in 20 Minutes (or Less!)

Author: Robin Robertson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/11/2015

Plant-based cooking has never been easier. Now you can prepare delicious and nutritious meals using ingredients from your pantry in 20 minutes or less. The easy and economical recipes were developed by renowned chef and cookbook author Robin Robertson. Create tempting desserts, too, such as Chocolate-Walnut Date Puffs, Stovetop Blueberry Crumble, and Pecan Pie Squares. This must-have cookbook provides simple instructions to get you in and out of the kitchen in no time using healthy plant-based ingredients. Robin shows you how to create a well-stocked pantry so you always have the makings of a delicious home-cooked meal. She also shares her time-saving tips to make these easy recipes for weeknight dinners, lunches on the go, or to feed unexpected guests.

Hot Vegan 200 Sultry & Full-Flavored Recipes from Around the World

Hot Vegan 200 Sultry & Full-Flavored Recipes from Around the World

Author: Robin Robertson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/09/2014

Take a trip around the world with delicious, meatless, dairy-free, and egg-free recipes ranging from mildly spiced to nearly incendiary. Explore the spicy cuisines of the US, South America, Mexico, the Caribbean, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, India, and Asia. Some of the recipes include: Tunisian Couscous, Szechuan Noodle Salad, Jambalaya, Penne Arrabbiata, Thai Coconut Soup, and Red Hot White Bean Chili. Organized by global region, these 200 inventive recipes are all made using readily available ingredients. Best of all, you can adjust the heat yourself and enjoy these recipes hot, or not!

Sailing the Forest Selected Poems

Sailing the Forest Selected Poems

Author: Robin Robertson Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/09/2014

Sailing the Forest, Robin Robertson's Selected Poems, is the definitive guide to one of the most important poetic voices to have emerged from the UK in the last twenty-five years. Robertson's lyrical, brooding, dark and often ravishingly beautiful verse has seen him win almost every major poetry award; readers on both sides of the Atlantic have delighted in his preternaturally accurate ear and eye, and his utterly distinctive way with everything from the love poem to the macabre narrative. This book is both an ideal introduction to a necessary poet, and a fine summary of the great range and depth of Robertson's work to date.

Sailing the Forest Selected Poems

Sailing the Forest Selected Poems

Author: Robin Robertson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2014

Sailing the Forest, Robin Robertson's Selected Poems, is the definitive guide to one of the most important poetic voices to have emerged from the UK in the last twenty-five years. Robertson's lyrical, brooding, dark and often ravishingly beautiful verse has seen him win almost every major poetry award; readers on both sides of the Atlantic have delighted in his preternaturally accurate ear and eye, and his utterly distinctive way with everything from the love poem to the macabre narrative. This book is both an ideal introduction to a necessary poet, and a fine summary of the great range and depth of Robertson's work to date.

The Nut Butter Cookbook 100 Delicious Vegan Recipes Made Better with Nut Butter

The Nut Butter Cookbook 100 Delicious Vegan Recipes Made Better with Nut Butter

Author: Robin Robertson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/08/2014

The Nut Butter Cookbookis a culinary treasure trove filled with easy, protein-rich vegan recipes for every meal of the day. Easy methods and variations for making delectable butters, cheeses, creams and more from nuts and seeds aEURO plus 100 delicious recipes enriched with great texture, flavour, and nutrition from these nut butters and cheeses, including: * Artichoke Walnut Butter Bisque * Grilled Vegetables with Almond Romesco Sauce * Szechuan Stir-Fry with Fiery Peanut Sauce * Ginger-Walnut Scones * Pineapple Coconut Cheesecake With gluten-free, soy-free options and nut-free options and an informative foreword by Julieanna Hever, the Plant-Based Dietician, on the health benefits of nuts and nut butters.

The Vegan Planet, Revised Edition 425 Irresistible Recipes With Fantastic Flavors from Home and Around the World

The Vegan Planet, Revised Edition 425 Irresistible Recipes With Fantastic Flavors from Home and Around the World

Author: Robin Robertson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2014

When it first appeared in 2003, Vegan Planet revolutionized animal-free cooking. Robin Robertson's pioneering book played a leading role in the passage of veganism from subculture to mainstream culinary lifestyle. Its breadth and variety of fantastically flavorful food not only gave vegans what they craved, it gave them food they could serve up happily to their non-vegan family members and friends. One decade and more than 100,000 copies later, this important classic is back in a thoroughly revised edition. Vegan cookbooks are big sellers today, but in a thicket of topical and niche titles there's a need for an everyday cooking bible on which vegan cooks can rely. The new Vegan Planet meets that need handsomely. Robertson's extensive updates cover such things as: the newly expanded range of whole grains that are available; super greens, such as kale and chard, that are rising in popularity; new facts concerning which cooking oils are healthiest and most earth-friendly; and new saucing and flavoring ideas from the global pantry. Throughout, there's the spirit of adventure and of culinary creativity that has cemented Robertson's reputation at the top of the vegan pantheon.

One Dish Vegan More Than 150 Soul-Satisfying Recipes for Easy and Delicious One-Bowl and One-Plate Dinners

One Dish Vegan More Than 150 Soul-Satisfying Recipes for Easy and Delicious One-Bowl and One-Plate Dinners

Author: Robin Robertson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/09/2013

Vegan books have risen to a dominant sales position in the vegetarian category. One-dish meals are perennially popular on American tables, and books devoted to one-dish cooking perform well. Robin Robertson's One-Dish Vegan is the first book at the intersection of these two powerful cookbook categories. Robin Robertson has built a publishing record of very successful titles in the vegetarian category. She is known for her creativity in the kitchen, for the breadth of enticing ingredients and flavors with which she works, and for her expertise in vegetarian nutrition - with a special focus lately on how vegans still can get enough protein in their diets. Typically, it takes two or three courses or dishes to make a well-rounded vegan meal. To meet this criterion in one dish takes the kind of ingenuity and expert knowledge that Robertson possesses. One-Dish Vegan contains more than 150 recipes. They range from the most popular categories of one-dish dining like stews, chilis, and casseroles (and other baked dishes) to a host of stovetop saut (c)s and stir-fries as well as substantial salads and dishes that feature pasta as well as other noodles, such as Asian noodles. The recipes are at once homey and adventuresome, comforting and surprising. Above all, they demonstrate that it really is possible to get a complete vegan meal into one dish, full of good-for-you nutrients and bright, satisfying flavors.

Hill of Doors

Hill of Doors

Author: Robin Robertson Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/02/2013

Shortlisted for the Costa Poetry Award 2013. Charged with strangeness and beauty, Hill of Doors is a haunted and haunting book, where each successive poem seems a shape conjured from the shadows, and where the uncanny is made physically present. The collection sees the return of some familiar members of the Robertson company, including Strindberg -- heading, as usual, towards calamity -- and the shape-shifter Dionysus. Four loose retellings of stories of the Greek god form pillars for the book, alongside four short Ovid versions. Threaded through these are a series of pieces about the poet's childhood on the north-east coast, his fascination with the sea and the islands of Scotland. However, the reader will also discover a distinct new note in Robertson's austere but ravishing poetry: towards the possibility of contentment -- a house, a door, a key -- finding, at last, a 'happiness of the hand and heart'.

Fresh from the Vegan Slow Cooker 200 Ultra-Convenient, Super-Tasty, Completely Animal-Free Recipes

Fresh from the Vegan Slow Cooker 200 Ultra-Convenient, Super-Tasty, Completely Animal-Free Recipes

Author: Robin Robertson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2012

Robin Robertson has built a publishing record of successful books in the vegetarian/vegan category. Her earlier cookbook, Fresh from the Vegetarian Slow-Cooker, established her bona fides as an expert on the creative use of slow-cookers, and her entire body of work speaks to her ingenuity in the kitchen and the breadth of enticing ingredients and flavors with which she works. Fresh from the Vegan Slow-Cooker provides practical guidence on how to work with different models of slow-cookers, taking into account the sizes of various machines, the variety of settings they offer, and the quirks and personalities of each device. She addresses any lingering skepticism readers may have about whether slow-cookers can have delicious, meat-free applications, and she shows how to take into account the water content of vegetables and the absorptive qualities of grains when vegan slow-cooking. Fresh from the Vegan Slow-Cooker includes eleven recipe chapters, four of which focus on main courses. There are homey and comforting foods in the American and European style, such as a Rustic Pot Pie Topped with Chive Biscuits and a Ziti with Mushroom and Bell Pepper Ragu, and there are lots of East Asian, South and Southeast Asian, and Mexican/Latin dishes, too. Beans, which cook slowly under any circumstance, are fabulously well-suited to the slow cooker, and Robertson includes such appealing recipes as a Crockery Cassoulet and a Greek-Style Beans with Tomatoes and Spinach. Eighteen robust chilis and stews - two more categories that do well in the slow-cooker - include a warming Chipotle Black Bean Chili with Winter Squash and a surprising but yummy Seitan Stroganoff. Beyond the mains, there are chapters devoted to snacks and appetizers, desserts, breads and breakfasts, and even one on drinks. The many soy-free and gluten-free recipes are clearly identified. Altogether, the collection offers readers loads of ways to expand their vegan repertoire and to get maximum value from their investment in a slow-cooker.

Quick-Fix Vegan Healthy, Homestyle Meals in 30 Minutes or Less

Quick-Fix Vegan Healthy, Homestyle Meals in 30 Minutes or Less

Author: Robin Robertson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/10/2011

Quick-Fix Veganprovides 150 vegan recipes that can be prepared in 30 minutes or less of active preparation time. The recipes can be on the table and ready to eat in less than thirty minutes, with the exception of the Make-Ahead Bakes chapter which features convenient recipes that are assembled ahead of time (in less than 30 minutes) and then baked before serving. Some of the recipes include: Spicy Black Bean Hummus with Orange, Korean Hotpot, Capellini with Creamy Avocado-Herb Sauce, Moroccan Pumpkin Soup, BBQ Pinto-Portobello Sandwiches, Burmese Ginger Salad, Autumn Harvest Gratin, and Peach Creme Brulee.

The Shadow's Gift Find Out Who You Really Are

The Shadow's Gift Find Out Who You Really Are

Author: Robin Robertson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/05/2011

Quick-Fix Vegetarian Healthy Home-Cooked Meals in 30 Minutes or Less

Quick-Fix Vegetarian Healthy Home-Cooked Meals in 30 Minutes or Less

Author: Robin Robertson Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/09/2007

Featuring 150 delicious recipes, QUICK-FIX VEGETARIAN provides both novice and long-time cooks with practical and robust vegetarian dishes that can be prepared in less time than it takes to have a pizza delivered. Written by bestselling vegetarian chef Robin Robertson, QUICK-FIX VEGETARIAN is the answer for busy families who are looking for healthy food, fast. The UK market for vegetarian foods grossed over GBP670 million in 2006. Vegetarian expert Robin Robertson creates recipes such as Spinach and Sun-Dried Tomato Quesadillas, Chipotle-Kissed Black Bean Soup, Mediterranean Orzo Salad, Beat-the-Clock Lasagne, Five-Minute Slow-Cooker Chilli, and No-Bake Oatmeal Almond Cookies for this growing consumer base. In addition, QUICK-FIX VEGETARIAN shows how to use many of the new commercial vegetarian products and includes recipe variations and tips for speedy, stress-free entertaining without sacrificing flavour or mainstream appeal.

Swithering

Swithering

Author: Robin Robertson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/01/2006

WINNER OF THE 2006 FORWARD PRIZE In Scots, the verb 'swither' has two meanings: to be doubtful, to waver, to be in two minds; and to appear in shifting forms - indeterminate and volatile. From disarmingly direct poems about the end of childhood to erotically charged lyrics about the ends of desire, Robertson's powerful third collection is stalked and haunted by both senses. Hard-edged, pitch-perfect, effortlessly various, Swithering is a book of brave and black romance, locating its voice in that space where great change is an ever-present possibility. Swithering has just won the Forward Prize for Best Collection and is also shortlisted for this year's T.S. Eliot Prize.

Carb Conscious Vegetarian

Carb Conscious Vegetarian

Author: Robin Robertson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/07/2005

The low-carb revolution continues to take the nation by storm. But the heavy emphasis these diets place on meats leaves vegetarians in the lurch. Now, acclaimed cookbook author, Robin Robertson offers 150 fabulous carb-conscious vegetarian recipes - meat and dairy-free dishes that banish refined carbohydrates, and bring out the best flavors from vegetables and other vegetarian ingredients. Within these pages are 150 dishes that are simple to prepare, yet offer the full rich flavors of more complicated fare. The delightful appetizers and main courses include lettuce-wrapped spring rolls with spicy peanut sauce, mushrooms stuffed with spinach and pine nuts, Moroccan vegetable tagine, and fennel and artichoke gratin with three-herb white bean pesto. Sensational stews, salads, soups, sauces, sides, and scrumptious good-for-you desserts round out the mix. At last, there's a delectably enlightened way for vegetarians - and the millions of other health-conscious individuals who want to up their fiber, and reduce their cholesterol - to reap all the benefits of a carb- conscious lifestyle.

The Beginner's Guide to Jungian Psychology

The Beginner's Guide to Jungian Psychology

Author: Robin Robertson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/07/2004

Beginner's Guide to Jungian Psychology

Beginner's Guide to Jungian Psychology

Author: Robin Robertson Format: eBook Release Date: 08/07/2004

"e;A clear and concise statement of Jung's psychlogy in a fresh and invigorating way . . . unique contributions to Jungian psychology from the point of view of science and the very latest in scientific research."e; --John A. Sanford, Jungian analyst.

Mortification Writers' Stories of Their Public Shame

Mortification Writers' Stories of Their Public Shame

Author: Robin Robertson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/05/2004

A collection of stories from some of the world's greatest writers about their own public humiliation. Humiliation is not, of course, unique to writers. However, the world of letters does seem to offer a near-perfect micro-climate for embarrassment and shame. There is something about the conjunction of high-mindedness and low income that is inherently comic; something about the very idea of deeply private thoughts - carefully worked and honed into art over the years - being presented to a public audience of dubious strangers, that strays perilously close to tragedy. Here, in over eighty contributions, are stories about the writer's audience, the fellow readers, the organiser, the venue, the `hospitality', or the often interminable journey there and back. Then there are the experiences of teaching and being taught, reviewing and being reviewed, of festivals and writers' retreats, symposia, signing sessions, literary parties and prizes, the trips abroad, with all the attendant joys of translation and, finally, the bright worlds of television and radio that can bring so many more people to share in your shame. These are the best stories: those told against the teller. And for the reader, apart from the sheer schadenfreude of it all, there is admiration too: for that acknowledgement of human frailty, of punctured pride, but also of the seeming absurdity of trying to bring private art into the public space. Contributions from, amongst others: Simon Armitage, Margaret Atwood, Julian Barnes, Louis de Bernieres, Margaret Drabble, Roddy Doyle, AL Kennedy, John Lanchester, Patrick McCabe, Rick Moody, Andrew Motion, Andrew O'Hagan, Colm Toibin, Irvine Welsh, James Wood.

Slow Air

Slow Air

Author: Robin Robertson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/02/2002

A Painted Field - Robin Robertson's first collection - was published in 1997 to unanimous acclaim. In language both sensuous and coolly forthright, the poems in Slow Air describe the arc of loss, the search for grace, and the radiances and shadows of the natural world - the work pitching its embattled romanticism, its lyric weight, against fear, grief and erasure. Praise for A Painted Field `A superb debut . . . darkly chiselled poems haunted by mortality and the fragility of life's pleasures' Kazuo Ishiguro, Sunday Times Books of the Year `The best new poet in Britain is Robin Robertson' Andrew O'Hagan, Independent on Sunday Books of the Year `A poetic voice of quiet yet charged maturity: lyrical and complex, transparent and gravid, it can treat both the public theme and the intensely personal with the same serenely wrought fire' William Boyd, Scotsman Books of the Year `Robin Robertson is a master of the poetic line; this is wonderful work, at once muscular and delicate, ringing with a plangent, bitter music. A marvellous debut' John Banville

Mining the Soul From the Inside out

Mining the Soul From the Inside out

Author: Robin Robertson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/12/2000

A Painted Field

A Painted Field

Author: Robin Robertson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/02/1997

This prize-winning first collection introduced one of the most powerful and original new voices to come out of Scotland. In language both dense and resonant, grave and lyrical, these poems are concerned, in the end, with the fugitive nature of things: the implacable coupling of desire and sadness, beauty and loss. `A superb debut . . . darkly chiselled poems haunted by mortality and the fragility of life's pleasures' Kazuo Ishiguro, Sunday Times, Books of the Year

Chaos theory in Psychology and the Life Sciences

Chaos theory in Psychology and the Life Sciences

Author: Robin Robertson Format: Hardback Release Date: 12/08/1995

This book represents the best of the first three years of the Society for Chaos Theory in Psychology conferences. While chaos theory has been a topic of considerable interest in the physical and biological sciences, its applications in psychology and related fields have been obscured until recently by its complexity. Nevertheless, a small but rapidly growing community of psychologists, neurobiologists, sociologists, mathematicians, and philosophers have been coming together to discuss its implications and explore its research possibilities. Chaos theory has been termed the first authentic paradigm shift since the advent of quantum physics. Whether this is true or not, it unquestionably bears profound implications for many fields of thought. These include the cognitive analysis of the mind, the nature of personality, the dynamics of psychotherapy and counseling, understanding brain events and behavioral records, the dynamics of social organization, and the psychology of prediction. To each of these topics, chaos theory brings the perspective of dynamic self-organizing processes of exquisite complexity. Behavior, the nervous system, and social processes exhibit many of the classical characteristics of chaotic systems -- they are deterministic and globally predictable and yet do not submit to precise predictability. This volume is the first to explore ideas from chaos theory in a broad, psychological perspective. Its introduction, by the prominent neuroscientist Walter Freeman, sets the tone for diverse discussions of the role of chaos theory in behavioral research, the study of personality, psychotherapy and counseling, mathematical cognitive psychology, social organization, systems philosophy, and the understanding of the brain.

Chaos theory in Psychology and the Life Sciences

Chaos theory in Psychology and the Life Sciences

Author: Robin Robertson Format: Paperback Release Date: 12/08/1995

This book represents the best of the first three years of the Society for Chaos Theory in Psychology conferences. While chaos theory has been a topic of considerable interest in the physical and biological sciences, its applications in psychology and related fields have been obscured until recently by its complexity. Nevertheless, a small but rapidly growing community of psychologists, neurobiologists, sociologists, mathematicians, and philosophers have been coming together to discuss its implications and explore its research possibilities. Chaos theory has been termed the first authentic paradigm shift since the advent of quantum physics. Whether this is true or not, it unquestionably bears profound implications for many fields of thought. These include the cognitive analysis of the mind, the nature of personality, the dynamics of psychotherapy and counseling, understanding brain events and behavioral records, the dynamics of social organization, and the psychology of prediction. To each of these topics, chaos theory brings the perspective of dynamic self-organizing processes of exquisite complexity. Behavior, the nervous system, and social processes exhibit many of the classical characteristics of chaotic systems -- they are deterministic and globally predictable and yet do not submit to precise predictability. This volume is the first to explore ideas from chaos theory in a broad, psychological perspective. Its introduction, by the prominent neuroscientist Walter Freeman, sets the tone for diverse discussions of the role of chaos theory in behavioral research, the study of personality, psychotherapy and counseling, mathematical cognitive psychology, social organization, systems philosophy, and the understanding of the brain.