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Runaway: Gregory Bateson, the Double Bind, and the Rise of Ecological Consciousness

Anthony Chaney


The anthropologist Gregory Bateson has been called a lost giant of twentieth-century thought. In the years following World War II, Bateson was among the group of mathematicians, engineers, and social scientists who laid the theoretical foundations of the information age. In Palo Alto in 1956, he introduced the double-bind theory of schizophrenia. By the sixties, he was in Hawaii studying dolphin communication. Bateson’s discipline hopping made established experts wary, but he found an audience open to his ideas in a generation of rebellious youth. To a gathering of counterculturalists and revo ... More

Keywords: Gregory Bateson, information age, double-bind theory, schizophrenia, 1960s, dolphin communication, counterculture, greenhouse effect, climate change, postmodern

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781469631738
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469631738.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anthony Chaney, author
University of North Texas, Dallas