This site is about the way the creative intellect holds society together.

At this time when we are all linked across the world by ideas and events it is essential to understand the processes behind the globalizing of psyche. I discuss this further in cultural analysis.

Globalization is a social process; it's a new scale of civil society — of people living together in large groups. The essence of a civil society is the creation of safe spaces where instabilities in our human nature are able to be defused.

The current phase of globalization began in the late 17C with the emergence of capitalism and science as the new models of thinking. They have been since that time the chief metaphors that have shaped the way people relate to and use the world.

Book cover photo I didn't understand the full significance of what I was writing about 25 years ago. As can now be seen in light of my later research in 20C society, it was a study of the way people use the creative intellect to adapt to expansion of the scale of knowledge and experience. They do it by linking new experience to familiar symbols of belonging. It is a pattern that can be found in Western literature at other periods of radical globalization during the past 2500 years. The process and its context is set out in my book The Country-House Ethos in English Literature, 1688-1750 (1984), published by Harvester Press, (UK) and St Martin's Press, New York and available through Barnes & Noble .

The pen really is mightier than the sword: the creative intellect in each person guarantees this. It shapes and uses the safe spaces of civil society, whether these are the symbolic spaces of play, custom, ritual and the arts or the practical expression of ideas in the places and technologies we use to conduct our lives.


The phrase the creative intellect holds society together is based on Nicholas Humphrey's

I propose that the chief role of creative intellect is to hold society together.

See 'The social function of intellect,' P.P.G.Bateson and R.A.Hinde (eds), Growing Points in Ethology (Cambridge: 1976), p.307.