This is a book about Everything that tells you Nothing that you don’t already know. It just reminds you of what you have forgotten. I think you will feel yourself cleverer for reading it, and more important than you were before. More responsible. More hopeful. Its also a lot of fun.
‘A Daring Dantean feat...’ Alan Morrison. Editor The Recusant
A controversial hair-and-eye-brow-subject…totally insightful. Getting close to science as well as to God at the same time, that’s no mean feat. Ervin Laszlo
The author’s grasp of the principal elements of Western culture is masterly and her poetic narrative woven together with extraordinary subtlety. David Lorimer, Director
Scientific and Medical Network
‘…reflecting the act of genius’ Philip Franses Editor Holistic Science Journal.
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Book Blurb.(How the tale is told)
Coming Full Circle – Mavericks and Inspiration.Two companions, Reason and Soul, embark upon a light-hearted poetic journey through creation’s evolution, and its legacy: memory. Memory’s recovery is traced through the intuitions of scientific genius: from pre-Socratic Greece, through the epochs of Western thought to the dissolution of Modernism, where mind and matter re-approach their recovered and essential unity.
Synopsis: (What it seeks to show)
An epic poem in the ancient tradition to trace the informing of matter, the enfolding of memory. The history of scientific understanding reflects the recovery of evolutionary memory, through the inspirations of genius. Man’s intellectual ‘objective’ science is a model of his memory but divorced from his consciousness and its web of connections, thereby severing mind from matter, science from God.
Short Biography. (The bare bones-relevant perhaps but only after the reasons for the book)
I was born in South Africa in 1941 and, looking back, realise my solitude (only child, single mother) was the root of all enrichment in other directions, necessarily spending school holidays on safaris with my beloved multilingual grandfather inspecting schools in the remote interior of Botswana, or later on horseback with a Austrian doctor attending mountain clinics in Lesotho. My galleon grandmother had known Cecil Rhodes, and Jan Smuts and was related to Elizabeth Barrett Browning and her family had had a significant role in the life (and death) of George Eliot’s stepsons. All this extravagant narrative washed over my head, and I believed none of it, until recently when the evidence came to light. I discovered that much too late. However independent minded women… and the virtues of independence loomed large from an early age.
At University after indecisively sampling five faculties( such a rich choice of culture, where did one begin?) I fell into Psychology and Zoology under both the seminal palaeontologist Raymond Dart and the ‘father of embryology’ B.I. Balinsky. Then marriage to a marine biologist/photographer involved deserted mangrove islands in Mozambique scouring mud flats for supper (lavish sea food, coconuts and cashews for an exiled five star chef to turn into dinner) but starved for company. Then the sophistication of the Max Planck Institute with Konrad Lorenz in Bavaria with an unrepentant Nazi landlady (who, by then, should have been extinct but was alive and well and playing Schubert.)
The academic underpinning of this book was offered in lectures on Saints and Scientists at Bristol University, building an arts and music centre, raising four daughters, and living in Somerset, which continues. A large collection of writing, stories, poems and a novel now await attention.
This eclectic ‘everything-is-better-than-something’ life was probably written by a book in which I am simply a narrator.