The modern mind : an intellectual history of the 20th century / Peter Watson

What a terrific story!  Watson describes the parade of ideas that have influenced human development since around 1900.  He identifies the turning points when a sudden advance in understanding or a discovery alters dramatically the playing fields of science, the arts, philosophy, religion, and culture.  Obvious examples are “Evolution” and “Relativity” but their repercussions are multifarious and sometimes contradictory as Watson explicates them.  Important to note: this massive tome should not be intimidating because Watson’s presentation comes in bite size chunks–usually focused on an individual or a school that arises as an avant-garde, but  with explosive impact (or, more commonly, with a percolating effect) that challenges first one discipline or art and then others.     Don 9/8/2017

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