Richard Windshield's The Living Mind, on the surface, seems to be a thorough and systematic discussion of the mind, psyche and consciousness. I was highly motivated to delve into his perspective based on the table of contents, reviews and book jacket descriptions. The retail price of $96 seemed out of line, but I was hungry for a new well-thought-out perspective for my book in process on consciousness.
Unfortunately, I made the mistake of beginning to highlight some poignant points before I was able to truly understand his writing style and bias. His writing style is that of one who has achieved all the right answers, and is not hesitant to systematically build his case based on the conclusions (facts, opinions, logical conclusions, certainties, and misunderstandings) that his intellectual mind uses to create his truth (reality) of the world. His mental box is so tight and restrictive that he is able to produce a headache for one who truly seeks to understand him.
His bias comes from is his conclusion that mental certainty means truth and that his mental certainty is superior. Therefore, his bias shows through on every page through his 8 to 10 uses of words like must, requires, only, not, etc. If he was open when he was doing his research, he is closed in his writings. From what I did read (more than half), he seems to conclude that there is no higher source of insight, truth or revelation than the mental mind. This bias makes his book of little value to anyone who understands the reality of the realms of mind beyond the mental.
As to the information and knowledge that he attempts to communicate, his restrictive mental bias and style makes it difficult for anyone other than a mentalist to follow. This is also unfortunate because in his bibliography, he references many philosophers and scientists who have transcended mental certainty to achieve insights and conclusions that factor in the transpersonal as well as the personal.
For these reasons, I cannot recommend spending even a third of what his price is for this book. For me, the index he provided may be valuable in better understanding others' points of view on the topics he covered in his book.