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Human Development, Language and the Future of Mankind

The Madness of Culture

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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Louis S. Berger
    Pages 1-15
  3. Louis S. Berger
    Pages 16-30
  4. Louis S. Berger
    Pages 31-55
  5. Louis S. Berger
    Pages 56-71
  6. Louis S. Berger
    Pages 72-89
  7. Louis S. Berger
    Pages 90-120
  8. Louis S. Berger
    Pages 121-134
  9. Louis S. Berger
    Pages 135-154
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 155-177

About this book


Drawing on and integrating unorthodox thought from a broad range of disciplines including clinical psychology, linguistics, philosophy, natural science and psychoanalysis, this book offers a provocative, original analysis of the global threats to our survival, and proposes a remedy.


child development competent infant consciousness culture duality ecology environment Heidegger language acquisition linguistics literacy madness mental health nonduality orality parenting perception philosophy of mind Pirahã psychiatry development psychoanalysis psychology thought

About the authors

Louis S. Berger is a Clinical Psychologist based in the US, with experience spanning the fields of engineering, physics and music. He has been a Assistant Professor at the faculty of The University of Louisville, Department of Psychiatry, and the staff psychologist at Southwest Research Institute. He is the author of eight books and numerous papers.

Bibliographic information


"Why do we blithely destroy our own futures in the pursuit of self-interest? What kind of being has an interest in its own destruction? What if our current sense of 'normality' were in fact a particularly pervasive and stubborn form of madness? Making a clear, well-researched, and often compelling case for this provocative view, Berger suggests a way to restore some sanity to our world grown mad. By stepping back and thinking realistically about what human survival requires, we can develop child-rearing practices that will help us heal the malignant divide between our skillful embodiment and our linguistic self-understanding. There is much food for thought in this wise book." - Iain Thomson, University of New Mexico, USA