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Advice To Clever Children

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Charles McCreery writes:

In Advice to Clever Children Celia Green develops the philosophical and psychological ideas first outlined in The Human Evasion. The starting point for thinking is a rigorous philosophical scepticism; one might say that in this book she describes the psychological consequences of making a Humean scepticism the starting point rather than the conclusi
Hardcover, First Edition, 191 pages
Published 1981 by Institute of Psychophysical Research, Oxford
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Read this a long time ago.

If memory serves - I recall this as being mostly a collection of aphorisms and written in a very proper clipped English manner of the 1950's. The contrast between the concepts being discussed and the writing style gave rise to inadvertent comedy.

Ms Green seems especially embittered about her early education and although self-conscious in many ways seems completely unaware of how the way she presents herself may be perceived by others or of the wider context of the soci
When I was twelve years old, at Boy Scout camp, on a dare, I chewed (and tried to swallow) a handful of raw acorns.

They weren't one-tenth as bitter as this book.
This is an amazing book. Celia Green, a British child prodigy, examines with not a small amount of bitterness the utter absorption of human beings in human affairs and our preference for this constructed reality (sanity) over the reality of the world. Her brand of existential psychology characterizes sanity, the absorption of the average person with human relationships and things, as an evasive response to human anxieties arising from the inherent contradictions of our existence.

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