Warwick Sweeney: Hardy Tree

This is an extremely interesting book by Warwick Sweeney, with a foreword by Pr Andrew Lees, on Dr Dent’s treatment of apomorphine, on William Burroughs, and on the evolution of the medical area since the fifties in the domain of drugs and the changes of the nature of relation towards patients in the economical context. Hence, the lightening it brings on those latest decades allows a better understanding of the present goals, very useful to health workers and to potential or actual patients as well.

The edition itself by Bracket Press is very good quality, containing many black and white and color illustrations and original documents, for a cheap price compared to the result.

Isabelle Aubert-Baudron

http://www.bracketpress.co.uk/

HARDY TREE – A Doctor’s Bible
by J. Warwick Sweeney

The current rises in anxiety, depression, mental ill-health and addiction are out of control. In the middle of the 20th century, John Yerbury Dent, a pioneering London doctor from the ‘do no harm’ tradition, campaigned for a deeper understanding of these ailments, better treatments and policies. Few listened.

Hardy Tree is a biographical novel written by Dent’s grandson, J Warwick Sweeney, and plots the life of Dent using the doctor’s own writings; his unpublished memoirs and correspondence.

Towards the end of Dent’s life an anonymous and unfulfilled literary genius suffering from heroin addiction came to London. Knocking at death’s door he was sent to knock on Dent’s. His name: William Seward Burroughs.

Hardy Tree is the previously untold story of Burroughs’ rebirth and the crucial part played by his doctor’s compassion, and the lost art of healing. An inspirational and timely story.

Production details: 215mm x 153mm, 448 pages, litho printed on Munken Premium Cream 90gsm, illustrated (colour + b/w), black endpapers, sewn-section binding with fully blocked cover and printed dust jacket. Limited edition of 500 hand-numbered copies. Weight: 1kg approx.
ISBN 978-1-9996740-3-8. Publishing date: 23 August 2019.
RRP: £30.00 + P&P

This book is only available to pre-order from www.bracketpress.co.uk
at special pre-order price: £23 + P&P.

La machine à rêver à En ces lieux… des livres 2019

Comme lors de ma participation aux festivals d’années précédentes, la dreamachine (machine à rêver) était présente le dimanche 28. Ci-dessous avec Henri Boileau, le 28 août 2019. Pour plus de documentation, voir les documents de recherche effectués par le réseau Interzone, les pages d’Interzone Editions et le livre « Le Temps des Naguals – Autour de Burroughs et Gysin« , en version imprimée ou en pdf.

Voir également les recherches récentes sur l’utilisation des ondes cérébrales dans les articles suivants parus dans des revues scientifiques:

How flashing lights and pink noise might banish Alzheimer’s, improve memory and more (Nature, 18 février 2018) Traduction google approximative: « Comment les lumières clignotantes et le bruit rose pourraient-ils bannir la maladie d’Alzheimer, améliorer la mémoire, etc.

Scientists ‘Clear’ Alzheimer’s Plaque From Mice Using Only Light And Sound (Science alert, 15 mars 2019) « Des scientifiques nettoient la plaque d’Alzheimer chez des souris seulement avec des lumières et des sons » Traduction google approximative

Isabelle AUBERT-BAUDRON, le 28 juillet 2019.  Photo Francine DELAIGLE

Ci-dessous avec Henri Boileau

En ces lieux des livres 2014

En ces lieux des livres 2012: La Nouvelle République, 31 juillet.

Henri Laborit: L’Alchimie de la Découverte (extraits)

Henri Laborit – Fabrice Rouleau

 « L’Alchimie de la Découverte » (Grasset)

–  Extraits  –

PDF

En raison des différents points de vue exprimés sur le net sur le gamma OH et la minaprine (Cantor) , il m’a semblé intéressant de mettre en ligne celui de leur inventeur, le Professeur Henri Laborit, tiré du livre « L’Alchimie de la Découverte », le plus qualifié pour en parler sur une base scientifique.

Des hommes-grenouilles au gamma OH……1

Sur la minaprine Agr 1240 (Cantor) ………….. 9

Pour le meilleur des mondes (extraits) …….. 9

L’inhibition de l’action………………………………… 11

Les propriétaires de sites qui s’approprient ma documentation sur Henri Laborit sont priés de bien vouloir citer leurs sources, à plus forte raison quand ils la détournent  dans des objectifs commerciaux, idéologiques, etc., qui n’ont rien à voir avec le travail de Laborit,  ni avec le mien. Cette documentation est en ligne en accès libre, ce qui signifie qu’elle est accessible à tout le monde. Elle n’a pas pour vocation d’être récupérée ni monopolisée, ni instrumentalisée.

Isabelle Aubert-Baudron

L’île logique, rentrée

Bonjour à tous

Toute l’équipe de L’île logique vous souhaite une bonne rentrée, que de beaux, nombreux et nouveaux projets voient le jour !

Pour ce qui nous concerne, quelques dates à venir :

– 18, 19 et 20 septembre : création, en vingt heures, d’un spectacle scientifique avec la promo de 3e année de l’école d’ingénieur de Vannes, L’ICAM.

– 29 septembre, saynètes de Pilouface, dans les rues de Bordeaux, puis spectacle en salle : Galois Poincaré mythes et maths dans le cadre de la nuit des chercheurs organisée par cap Sciences.

– 7 octobre, à Lorient, 3h d’ateliers théâtre et sciences pour les 8-12 ans puis restitution en public suivie du spectacle Partons ici même pour le ccsti de Lorient (maison de la mer)

– 13 et 14 octobre, Spectacle Pilouface à l’école Polytechnique (Saclay) dans le cadre de la fête de la science.

– 21 octobre, Spectacle Pilouface à St denis, dans le cadre du festival Maths en ville organisé par la compagnie Terraquée

– 22 et 23 octobre à Nantes, L’île logique tiendra un stand aux journées nationales de l’Apmep, animera des ateliers théâtre et maths le lundi matin (pour enseignants) avec restitution l’après midi suivi d’une conférence échange sur le thème maths et clown.

– 17, 18 et 19 novembre, L’île logique co-organise comme chaque année, la 9e édition du festival Clown hors Piste qui se tiendra à Theix (56)

–  8 et 9 décembre, spectacle y a pas rien à Martigné (53) puis Hennebont (56)

Enfin, pour ceux que ça intéresse n’hésitez pas à commander « A l’endroit de l’inversion« , un petit travail (préfacé par Cédric Villani) sur les liens entre maths et clown…

N’hésitez pas à me contacter pour quoi que ce soit, nous avons encore quelques disponibilités pour la fête de la science et pour Noël !!!

Merci à tous,
Cédric
www.ilelogique.fr

THE DIFFERENT STEPS OF EVOLUTION OF THE WEST Aristotle Descartes Korzybski

THE DIFFERENT STEPS OF EVOLUTION OF THE WEST Aristotle Descartes Korzybski is on line at https://generalsemantics4all.files.wordpress.com/2014/01/the-different-steps-of-evolution-of-the-west-aristotle-descartes-korzybski.pdf

Alfred Korzybski, photo Institute of General Semantics

Korzybski called general semantics a “non-Aristotelian” logic. This requires clarifications on the meaning of this term and its origin.

Some important elements played a large part in the way Korzybski elaborated general semantics related to his experience of World war 1 : he found out that the mechanisms of thinking which had led to this war were based upon the premices of Aristotelian logic, elaborated 450 BC., which induced relations of opposition and conflict. This logic  rested upon the antique vision of mankind and of the world: the earth was conceived as flat, and at the center of the universe. Such a conception was of course obsolete and not valid anymore in the beginning of the twentieth century, as well as Aristotle’s logic. So Korzybski realized the gap between our evolution at the scientific level (XXth century), and in human domains (-450 BC and XVIIth century). He infered that, starting from the physics and mathematics of his time, he might elaborate a new logic fitting to the level of evolution of sciences, which would mentally free mankind from this logic of conflict. He built up general semantics, a a non-Aristotelian logic, upon the researches in modern physics : in the chapter XXXVII of Science and Sanity, “On the notion of “Simultaneity”  , he starts from Einstein’s work to integrate in his logic the role of the observer on the result of the observation, which was neglected in the previous logics (Aristotle and Descartes) and the physics they rested upon. This chapter seems to me very important because the reader can state the mathematical demonstrations and understand the scientific basis of general semantics.

Now, to understand what non-Euclidian geometry (XXth century) rests upon, you have to have a minimum of knowledge about Euclidian geometry (antiquity). Hence, before starting the GS teaching, what a non-Aristotelian discipline is about, a minimum of knowledge on Aristotle’s logic seems to me necessary, especially to to become aware of the ways it conditions our mechanisms of thinking and our behaviours, as well as its use in the domain of communication, so to become able to escape from its tricks.

Here is in pdf an English translation from my article “Les différentes étapes de l’évolution de l’Occident: Aristote, Descartes, Korzybski, Trois visions de l’homme et du monde”, THE DIFFERENT STEPS OF EVOLUTION OF THE WEST Aristotle Descartes Korzybski

One point to avoid misunderstandings: “non-Aristotelian” does not mean “anti-Aristotelian”:

The meaning of the terms “non-Euclidian”, “non-Newtonian” and “non-Aristotelian” does not mean that those domains would be “opposed” to the previous systems, but that the applications of the first ones, which appeared in the context of the sciences of the previous times, could not apprehend nor solve the new problems inherent in the level of scientific evolution at the Xxth century: for instance, Newton’s physic was helpless to solve problems created by modern technology: impossible to build or repair a computer or a radio with Newton, whose work was previous to the discovery of electricity.

Non-Newtonian physics are not opposed to the one of Newton, they are used to solve problems which did not exist when he was alive.

Those different systems are different element of the same set: without the Euclidian  and Aristotalian system,  the Newtonian and non-Newtonian ones could not have arisen. See 1. Que signifie « non-aristotélicien » ?  (What does « non-Aristotelian » mean ?)

We can compare those steps of evolution of the West to the different ages of a human being: as adults, we do not think nor act anymore as we did when we were born, nor during our childhood. Though our life is different when we are a baby, then a child and then an adult, those different ages are parts of a human life and cannot be opposed.

Isabelle Aubert-Baudron, Jan 17th 2014

More about Korzybski and general semantics:

Andrew Lees: Mentored by a Madman: The William Burroughs Experiment

https://www.amazon.fr/Mentored-Madman-William-Burroughs-Experiment/dp/1910749109

In this extraordinary memoir, neuroscientist Andrew Lees explains how William Burroughs, author of Naked Lunch and troubled drug addict, played an unlikely part in his medical career. Lees draws on Burroughs search for an addiction cure to discover a ground-breaking treatment for shaking palsy, and learns how to use the deductive reasoning of Sherlock Holmes to diagnose patients. Lees follows Burroughs into the rainforest and under the influence of yagé (ayahuasca) gains insights that encourage him to pursue new lines of pharmacological research and explore new forms of science.

Available at Notting Hill Editions: http://www.nottinghilleditions.com/authors/andrew-lees/409

Andrew Lees

Andrew Lees is a Professor of Neurology at the National Hospital, London. He is the recipient of numerous awards including the American Academy of Neurology Life Time Achievement Award, the Association of British Neurologist’s Medal, the Dingebauer Prize for outstanding research and the Gowers Medal. He is one of the three most highly cited Parkinson’s disease researchers in the world. He is the author of several books, including Ray of Hope, runner-up in the William Hill Sports Book of the Year and The Silent Plague.
REVIEW OF Mentored by a Madman: the William Burroughs Experiment

Mentored by a Madman. The William Burroughs’s Experiment is a fascinating personal account, by one of the world’s leading neurologists, of his quest to find better treatments for Parkinson’s disease. He takes the reader on an extraordinary journey inside and outside the brain, encompassing the commanding heights of academic neurology and the Amazonian Rain Forests. His deep humanity and honesty shines throughout. The inevitable comparison with late, great Oliver Sacks is entirely just. And Lees’ mentor William Burroughs would be well pleased.” – Raymond Tallis

More at:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mentored-by-a-madman-the-william-burroughs-experiment-prof-andrew-lees-tickets-23417904583

http://hqinfo.blogspot.fr/2016/05/mentored-by-madman-wiiliam-burroughs.html

https://www.waterstones.com/book/mentored-by-a-madman/andrew-lees/9781910749104

 

Isabelle Aubert-Baudron: Nouvelles possibilités économiques pour la Grèce dans un cadre de pensée non-aristotélicien

Grèce-Union européenne : des négociations limitées à un cadre de pensée aristotélicien.

Nouvelles possibilités dans un cadre non-aristotélicien.

Conclusion.

A lire :

– Dans le blog Pour une économie non-aristotélicienne

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