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Arabella: Weiner Philharmoniker (Solti) [DVD] [2008]
Arabella: Weiner Philharmoniker (Solti) [DVD] [2008]
Dvd ~ Gundula Janowitz
Price: £24.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended, 25 Feb. 2014
This short review mainly to give the five stars. See the fine reviews of Matt and those on the US Amazon site. Furthermore the cuts to the libretto in ACT III are in no way as extreme in certain other productions.


The Singing Neanderthals: The Origins of Music, Language, Mind and Body
The Singing Neanderthals: The Origins of Music, Language, Mind and Body
by Prof Steven Mithen
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting speculations, 29 Aug. 2013
An interesting discussion on the origins of music from an evolutionary perspective with contributions from the fields of archaeology, anthropology, psychology along with a bit of of neuroscience thrown in, along with some discussion of the origin and development of language.

Much is speculation and at times one has the impression that the author sees his own speculation as not being all that speculative (e.g. even his main argument that Neanderthals are music-using but not language-using animals is, I believe, still open to debate - as is his statement that music emerged after language evolved). Furthermore some of his assumed truths (such as genetic proof that there was no interbreeding between Neanderthals and modern humans) appear to me to be more a matter of belief than fact.

In all as other reviewers have indicated a work worth reading, also well-referenced.


To Raise Happy Kids, Put Your Marriage First
To Raise Happy Kids, Put Your Marriage First
by David Code
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars If the parents are ok ..., 5 Feb. 2013
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His ideas that a mother in an unsatisfying marital relationship seeks that which is missing in the marital relationship in her child and that anxieties of the parents taken over by the child can lead to problems in the child's development and later mature life, seem plausible. He is rather influenced by Bowen (and Michael Kerr) and seemingly ascribes to Bowen's ideas on schizophrenia which I do not think have stood the test of time all that well. In the matter of nature/nurture he is pretty much 100% nuture, which to me is a simplification.

The style is quite anecdotal which should appeal to a certain audience, although his descriptions of middle-class American families seem at times to verge on parody. And at times too general, e.g. he talks about the nature of the mother-child 'addiction' and the necessity for weaning, yes, we know that, thank you, but the issue is the when and the how.

Simplified his - valuable - message is the importance of a good marital relationship being the basis for the child's healthy development; if the parents are ok, the kids will be ok.

The following excerpt sums this aspect up rather well and saves you buying the book:

"To raise happy kids, put your marriage first.
We must regain a balance between tending our marriages and nurturing our children. When our marriages meet our intimacy needs, then we can stop marrying our children. This frees up our kids to build their own identity, learn self-reliance, and become happy, independent adults who pursue their passions in life. Our marriage can also set a great example for their future relationships."

Certainly good ideas in my opinion, but a well-formed article would also have sufficed. And his idea of letting babies cry themselves to sleep is rather dubious and in my opinion harmful. A more interesting work on parenting would be Margot Sunderland's 'The Science of Parenting'.
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Elizabeth Jennings. Collected Poems 1953 - 1985
Elizabeth Jennings. Collected Poems 1953 - 1985
by Elizabeth Jennings
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars Author's selection, 29 Jan. 2013
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A collection of around 300 poems from works of 1953 to 1985, selected by the poet herself.
'... not a Complete Poems. It contains all the work which I still hope is worth preserving...'


Schizophrenia: Understanding and Coping with the Illness (Thorsons Health)
Schizophrenia: Understanding and Coping with the Illness (Thorsons Health)
by Dr. John Cutting
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars A fine introduction, 29 Jan. 2013
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Obviously not the most recent work, but still accurate. Very readable, a fine and useful introduction for the layman, in addition it can be acquired at a quite inexpensive price. Recommended.


A Critique of Psychopathology
A Critique of Psychopathology
by John Cutting
Edition: Perfect Paperback
Price: £31.08

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking perspective on anomalous human experiences, 24 Jan. 2013
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Another excellent and unusual book from John Cutting. His earlier work 'Principles of Psychopathology' does have a more detailed discussion of the various disorders, but I find this volume even more thought provoking. What a fascinating writer, clear in his judgements and opinions.

If you are interested in the area of philosophy/psychology/psychopathology (and especially if you are partial to the philosophy of Max Scheler) then this is certainly a work well worth trying to think through.

Below an abbreviated table of contents (to download parts of this work go the parodos.de website, search for the book, click on book, then click on 'Inhaltsverzeichnis' for the table of contents and 'Leseprobe' for an excerpt(chapter 1 and first pages of chapter 2):

1. The Scope of Psychopathology [the different levels of analysis]

2. Descriptive Psychopathology [description of the manifold disorders with case examples, an exhaustive discussion of descriptive psychopathologies based on the categories of experience, representation, behaviour and expression.]

3. Syndromal and Nosological Psychopathology [brief discussion of syndromal and nosological groupings of psychopathological entities. Syndromal of little use and nosological having the problem of at present viewing the entities as physical illnesses]

4. Psychological / Functional Analysis of Psychopathology [A short and pretty much devastating discussion of the usefulness of psychological and functional classifications.]

5. Neuropsychological Analysis of Psychopathology [An extensive and important discussion of neuropsychological analysis of psychopathology. His discussion is essentially limited to the cerebral cortex (therefore largely leaving out sub-cortical considerations) from a hemispheric perspective. Relevance of the Schelerian distinction between Drang and Geist [in a Freudian universe perhaps Id and Ego] and their mapping to the right- and left-hemisphere respectively. Includes a thorough discussion of schizophrenia from this viewpoint along with a discussion of depressive illnesses.]

6. Metaphysical Analysis of Psychopathology [An historical overview of the philosophical psychopathologists of the last 100 years, followed by a discussion of/paen to Scheler and the importance of his philosophy for psychopathology. A discussion of some pathologies such as delusions and schizophrenic autism follows, whereby the Schelerian distinction between Drang and Geist proves especially fruitful for their analysis and understanding.]

7. Conclusions [Closes with a three-page discussion of schizophrenia (a right-hemisphere dysfunction, overactive left-hemisphere, an extreme phenomenological reduction with Drang attentuated or abolished) and depressive illness (left-hemisphere dysfunction and a Dionysian reduction to a Geist-less being)].

As well as containing an extensive, interesting and current bibliography.


Charlotte Mew (Poetry Classics)
Charlotte Mew (Poetry Classics)
by Charlotte Mew
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £10.99

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fine edition, 11 Oct. 2012
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A selection(60+) of Charlotte Mew's poems in a finely printed and quite attractively bound small volume, along with a short introduction from Ian Hamilton.


Principles of Psychopathology: Two Worlds - Two Minds - Two Hemispheres (Oxford Medical Publications)
Principles of Psychopathology: Two Worlds - Two Minds - Two Hemispheres (Oxford Medical Publications)
by John C. Cutting
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £190.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Psychopathology is applied philosophy, not applied psychology, 28 April 2012
An admirable and important work, Iain McGilchrist aptly calls it Cutting's magnum opus. Its breadth - from philosophy to neuropsychology - and his treatment of these worlds is impressive, and it is rather presumptuous of me to write a review, but as there is none listed, here an attempt. A professional review by Michael Trimble is to be found in Brain Magazine (2000) and an amazon.com review is also available.

Cutting begins his discussion of psychopathology with a consideration of philosophy as the theoretical underpinning. He categorizes philosophies as follows: manifold world - multiple souls; one world - one mind; two worlds - one mind; one world - two minds; no world - one mind; one world - no mind; no world - no mind - something else; two worlds - two minds (his preference: 'The book evolved out of my reading of Schopenhauer and Bergson, and my conviction that they were correct to suspect a duality in the scheme of things: in the former case an opposition between representation (incorporating experience, thinking, and language) and will (known through emotions and activating bodily action); in the latter case an opposition between intelligence (reflection on a past inert spatial reality) and instinct/intuition (pushing forward through action')).

And then from the two minds on to two hemispheres and their role in the causation of psychiatric disorders (a previous work of his being 'The Right Cerebral Hemisphere and Psychiatric Disorders'). After a brief discussion of the historical classification of disorders and a short chapter on neurology and neuropsychology follows a detailed description of psychopathologies in their interpretation of the phenomenal world and the role of the two hemispheres thereby, this considered from the viewpoints of philosophy&psychology, psychopathology, and neuropsychology. An extensive collection of observations from his own clinical practice and a (re-)consideration of previous neuroscience research studies are important sources for his positions. Dr. Cutting rejects the unitary psychosis theory and within his scheme of (philosophical and neuropsychological) duality he discusses the nature of schizophrenia and depression, along with other disorders.

The next chapters are descriptions of:
(1) disorders of the phenomenal world - things, classes and qualities
(2) disorders in their temporal and spatial aspects
(3) disorders in their bodily context
(4) disorders of self
(5) disorders of mind
(6) disorders of emotion, will and action (A very interesting discussion of difficult matters. Unfortunately he does not mention the neuroscience research of Jaak Pansepp, this due perhaps to Dr. Cutting's hemispheric orientation. Max Scheler is an important philosophical source for the author concerning emotion).
(7) disorders of language

In his conclusion he again emphasizes the importance of philosophy for psychology: 'Psychology is a narrow field of enquiry welded to a particular philosophical position, and the extant schools of psychology this century are themselves subspecies of this viewpoint and cannot illuminate more than a fraction of the matter.'

Dr. Cutting describes his main concern throughout the book to be 'with deriving principles from philosophy and neuropsychology by means of which the nature of traditional psychopathological conditions can be better understood'. And this he has admirably achieved.

[The book's price is, for someone of my circumstances, a consideration, I was fortunate enough to find this work used at an affordable price. The volume came from a Primary Care NHS Trust Library and was seemingly unread (which is a commentary of sorts, I fear). Based on this experience and this being the first review on Amazon UK, I fear that Dr. Cutting's unique work is not known well enough to the educated public, certainly our loss.]

Addendum: in May 2012 Cutting's work 'A Critique of Psychopathology' was published by Parodos.


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