In the creative process, Bion shows that thinking involves the dismantling of previous views and theories, allowing the formation of new ideas. In changing one's way of thinking, the container has to be dissolved before it is reformed. Bion regarded the effort of dissolution as having the quality of a small psychic , a "going-to-pieces". It was therefore a movement into the paranoid-schizoid position. The re-forming of a new set of views and theories is a synthesising move like that of the depressive position. Creative effort can therefore be viewed as an on-going process, on a small scale, of movements to-and-fro between the paranoid-schizoid and depressive position.
‘A thrilling novel that not only satisfies the need for action but also the intellect as the pieces of the elaborate narrative jigsaw fall into place and the reader begins to make sense of the danger. Bloodline explores the complexities of the ethical problems facing people connected with genetic research. Written in an accessible and direct style, Bloodline should appeal to teenagers both as a taut thriller and an engaging book that introduces some issues worthy of deep consideration.’ Jonathan Rooke, Writeaway website.
When Eve Perry, a controversial biologist who has made brand new bacteria from scratch, is killed in a road accident right in front of them, Karl and Finn find themselves in possession of her lab notebook. But the three men chasing them seem desperate to get their own hands on it. The boys discover that the notes contain top-secret research into creating the new life form. Initially developed to reduce pollution and global warming, the bacteria can also be used as a highly dangerous biological weapon. Karl and Finn are plunged into a nightmare which spins rapidly out of control and the notebook holds the key. But who can they trust with it?
‘The Death Gene looks at the frighteningly real possibility of synthesising life, the profound impact this might cause and the types of usage and abusage for which such knowledge might be appropriated. The book is admirably wide in scope, exploring the implications to modern religion, to morality and the study of science and the need for an intrinsic set of ethics as part of that. The novel packs an uncompromising, and for many of its characters, an unforgiving emotional punch and is a potent reminder that scientific intelligence can only be utilised responsively by those with emotional intelligence.’ Jake Hope, Achuka website.
Anyway, in the story, Tristan becomes at once fascinated and horrified at this tiny theatre of horror, and it appears to become absorbed in a much more literal sense - he gets sucked into the machine. The reason for that is also an open question, although a careful study of the illustrations shows that each image ‘disk’ has a figure walking beneath every picture, carry a certain kind of visual device particular to their historical time: a caveman with a stick, an Egyptian scribe with a scroll, a medieval nun with a book, an Aztec chieftan with a telescope, a WWI nurse with a camera, a toxic-waste worker with a video camera. The idea was that these were anonymous people that had perhaps come across the box, and been entrapped by it and made to silently witness and record the disasters of their time. An image of their own eye appears at the centre of each disk; the suggestion at the end with Tristan’s own eye looking out from the centre of a blank disk is that he is the next ‘witness’ to an uncertain future.
Gary had a vague initial idea about a kind of corrupted Viewmaster toy that showed horrible scenes, rather than the usual delightful ones, and that there would be a circular motif involved disks and many small paintings instead of the usual picture book page layouts. The only clear concept either of us had at this beginning was actually what the cover was like - normally the last thing you worry about - that it would have holes in it and ‘hidden inner workings’ when you open it up. Gary also suggested that there was an extra-terrestrial element driving a mysterious narrative, and that it would have an unclear ending where the main character simply disappears, somehow zapped into oblivion.
Although Bion is better known for his work on groups, the inroads he made into the understanding of psychosis and the study of thinking have probably been the most profound contributions that he made to psychoanalysis.
Book reviews appear in a variety of publications including academic journals, magazines, newspapers and on websites. However, surprisingly little has been written about how a book review should be written. These activities, aimed primarily at postgraduate research students focus on writing book reviews for academic journals, though the principles can be applied to writing other kinds of book reviews too.
Added to these adverse effects of bovine and porcine insulin, were fears of long term complications ensuing from the regular injection of a foreign substance, as well as a projected decline in the production of animal derived insulin. These factors led researchers to consider synthesising Humulin by inserting the insulin gene into a suitable vector, the E.
‘I was surprised at the amount of action that could be fitted into one book. Straight away, it grasped my attention and I read it in one 4-hour sitting. Excellent.’ Chris Fraser, Priestnall School, Stockport Schools’ Book Award website.
Unlike students of most spoken languages, learners of BSL do not have a huge range of dictionaries and grammar books at their fingertips, and so students often find themselves learning the foundations of the language through trial and error. These language awareness tasks aim to provide a series of structured activities that will enable students to discover new language features for themselves and deepen their existing grammatical knowledge.
‘A tense, thought-provoking thriller in which the charismatic Pat redeems a series of lost teenagers and brings them into the family of the Fellowship. The central character Joel is one of these, scarred by leprosy but able, through Pat, to release a great talent as a long-distance runner. Maria, deeply traumatised by her experiences in Uganda, is first helped by Joel and then helps him to understand what Pat is doing. It’s a great read with a marvellously dramatic climax.’ Books for Keeps.
‘The book is extremely well written, capturing the atmosphere of the ordinary track races and Joel’s phenomenal race against time in the closing chapters. The only complaint is that after a spectacular end part, the book runs out of steam and finishes with a disappointing feeling of anticlimax. But then again, after great things, life does return to normal, so feeling that something else could be achieved is very realistic. This book is very good, detailed but not confusing and very easy to get into. The characterisation is excellent, Joel, Kristin and Maria are especially well drawn.’ In Brief.