Review: Casey Schwartz’s ‘In the Mind Fields’ Considers the Brain, on the Couch and in the Lab

December 16, 2015 Books of The Times By JENNIFER SENIOR Neuroscience and psychoanalysis are not on particularly good speaking terms at the moment. One is glamorous and cutting edge, attracting all the pretty research grants; the other is old and unfashionable, redolent of Oriental rugs and vanquished by Lexapro. One expresses itself in numbers; the other in words. One strives for predictability and order; the other embraces ambiguities, chaos, mess. With “In the Mind Fields: Exploring the New Science of Neuropsychoanalysis,” Casey Schwartz hopes to bring the opposing perspectives of these two disciplines into alignment — “to bring some of the old ideas about the mind into the new landscape of the brain.” It’s an ambitious objective. But common sense tells us that Ms. Schwartz is onto something. Why should…


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