chapter  17
Man’s picture of his world
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In one of Nigel Balchin’s novels, a character reflects on the oddity of any moderate or modest attitude to the ideas of psychoanalysis: like the notion of God, these ideas, if true, make so enormous a difference that one can hardly escape making them the centre of one’s thought and life. It also follows that the inquiry into their validity should be an important concern, and so should their falsehood if they turn out to be false.