The Passionate Mind: Sources of Destruction and Creativity

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Consciousness, declares Robin Fox, is "out of context." Useful as an adaptation in the Stone Age, it brought humanity to the top of the food chain but has now created a world it cannot control. The Passionate Mind explores this paradox not through academic demonstration but through satiric dialogues, blank-verse ruminations, lyric, narrative and comic verse, and Aesopian fables. This mix of genres and styles forces us out of our usual linear modes of thinking to confront a harsh thesis. Because of consciousness we cannot operate without ideas, but once in thrall to ideas--whether of love, power, religion, or ideology--we cannot operate without destructiveness lest we become imprisoned by them.

The range of subjects and genres Fox covers includes a verse summary of the key points of human evolution, a conference of farm animals ruminating on their social problems, visions of a desperate future from a neolithic hunter and a shaman at Lascaux, Kafkaesque trial scenes, and a new version of "God is dead." George Washington, having lost at Yorktown is put on trial with Adams, Jefferson, and Benedict Arnold giving evidence. Through the persona of Humbert Humbert as decadent Europe, the new world of Lolita/America is faced with the consequences of its pursuit of happiness. Scandinavian utopianism and salvation through romantic eros get their turn, and the basic "design failure" of humanity is examined in a Platonic dialogue. A bullfight and the struggle for existence in New Jersey farming lead up to a monologue from a decidedly unlikely Jesus who turns out to be part of an alien plan to control an otherwise out of control human race. Through this kaleidoscopic mix, Fox mounts a case for a thorough revision of consciousness that breaks "realistic" boundaries between science, the humanities, religion, and myth.

"If ever there was a book to show that there is more than one way to say' anthropology, this is it."--Ivan Brady, American Anthropologist

"A beautiful, strange worka wild, free book."--Dame Iris Murdoch

Robin Fox is University Professor of Social Theory at Rutgers University and the author of Conjectures and Confrontations, Reproduction and Succession, and The Challenge of Anthropology, all available from Transaction.

 

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INTRODUCTION
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to establish some basic things
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THE FOOL SINGS OF HIS SKULL AND ITS CONTENTS
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HE APOLOGIZES TO HER FOR COMPARING HER EYES TO THE WINGS OF CAPTIVE HUMMINGBIRDS USED IN NAVAHO RITUALS
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THE CONFERENCE OF FOULES
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CONFERENCE ODE
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WHAT THE HUNTER SAW
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OVERHEARD IN THE PUB
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Hommage to Prufrock
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NEATLY ROLLED UMBRELLAS
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with redeeming social content
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NEW SONGS OF INNOCENCE AND EXPERIENCE
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MAN IN A HANGGLIDER
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LAST REQUEST
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Four Daughter Poems
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KATES EYES From The French
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EVOLUTIONARY POETICS
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TWO MORE LYRICS
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LE PRINCE COCHON
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RITUALPOWERAUTHORITY
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LOVE AMONG THE PLANETS BALLAD FOR THE GHOST OF YEATS
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DIVINA COMMEDIA FOR BYRONS GHOST
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A Nightmare
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NOTE TO THE THEOLOGIAN
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LETTER TO THE PUBLISHER
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LETTER FROM LT JOHN BRIDGES HANDLER TO HIS FATHER SENATOR JAMES WHITMORE HANDLER
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HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT FROM THE BOX
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FRAGMENT 1 THE CHARGE AGAINST COLONEL WASHINGTON
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FRAGMENT 3 THE EVIDENCE OF GENERAL SIR BENEDICT ARNOLD
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THE EVIDENCE OF MR JOHN ADAMS
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FRAGMENT 5 THE EVIDENCE OF MR THOMAS JEFFERSON
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FRAGMENT 6 THE VERDICT OF THE COURT
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STATEMENT OF COLONEL WASHINGTON
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FRAGMENT 8 THE SENTENCE OF THE COURT
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more than twenty years on
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of the Olympic Hotel Seattle Washington
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WORDS FOR A BOSTON BLUES
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BORING CONFESSION
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FOR MY DAUGHTERS
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HAPPINESS PURSUED
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STATEN ISLAND INTERLUDE
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SAN FRANCISCO SUMMER
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INDIAN GIRL
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WHAT CAN BE DONE ABOUT SWEDEN?
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IMAGE DE LA COMTESSE
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INTUITION STRUCTURE AND PASSION REVISITED
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STRUCTURAL SONNET
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SAD SONNET
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A PostTutorial Dialogue
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COMING OF AGE IN JUST ABOUT EVERYWHERE An Ode to the Selfish Gene
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MUSIC OF THE SPHERES
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THREE INTERRUPTIONS OF RATIONAL ARGUMENTS
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PATRIMONY FOR A POSSIBLE POSTERITY
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REASON IS AND OUGHT TO BE FUTILE
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LYRICS ON THE FEMALE ENIGMA
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GIRLS WHO LOST THEIR FATHERS
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PROSPECT OF NUCLEAR WINTER
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THE SEA AT SANTA MARTA
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PSALM ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTYONE
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FROM CATULLUS TO LESBIA
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CLAIRE DE LUNE FÊTES GALANTES
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Undergraduate Poems 195557
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Hommage a la Rive Gauche
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Inauthentic Lives
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TAME KILLERS
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A TEARDROP WRAPPED IN AN ENIGMATO ANNE
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AMERGINS SONG REVISITED
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THE MINDS I
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THE LEGACY Belfast 1997
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WHERE WERE YOU WHEN KENNEDY WAS KILLED?
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THE ALLEGORY OF THE CIRCUS
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ALPINE INTERLUDE
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THE MOUNTAINEER
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LA FEMME QUI ADORAIT LA LUNE
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CHANSON DU VAMPIRE
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EARTHWORMS
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CROWS
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TREES
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VULTURES
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Incident at Lascaux circa 15000 BP
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THE HEDGEHOG AND THE FOX
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WHERE HAVE THE HEROES GONE?
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OEDIPUS DENTIFREX
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THE LONG LINE
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A DOROTHY PARKER MEMORIAL
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HIPPIE GIRL
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TIREDNESS
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PRIMATOLOGICAL FLIBBERTIGIBBET
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MR TITMARCH
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UNBORN SONNET
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HAIKU engraved on a medical bracelet
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KISSING YOUR SISTER
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HIGH LIVING
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SERIOUS OLD SOCIALISTS
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LE ROI SAMUSE
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THE GRAND MARQUIS TO HIS EXECUTIONER
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SNOWFLAKES AND SIMILES
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MANDELBROT SONNET
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THE MESSIAH MISSION
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THE INCARNATION PLAN
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THE FOLLOWERS
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JUDAS AND THE TRUTH
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THE CLEANSING OF THE TEMPLE
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THE MIRACLES
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THE TRANSFIGURATION
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PILATE AND THE TRIAL
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THE MOTHER
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THE MAGDALENE
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FROM THE GAELIC
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EPITAPH ON AN INTELLECTUAL MERCENARY
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GROWING OLD GRACELESSLY
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THE DREAMMAN
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