On Darwin and Freud
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Peter L. Rudnytsky: My project involves interviewing people who have worked in the field of psychoanalysis, whether as analysts or scholars, and when Phyllis Grosskurth suggested that I contact you it seemed like a great idea. What I think you can bring to bear in a very valuable way is a perspective from outside the discipline, which people in psychoanalysis need to take into account more than they do. I expect you and I will find that we agree about many things, but probably there will be times in our conversation when I show greater sympathy with psychoanalysis than you do. Your two books-the Freud book of 19791 and now Born to Rebel2-take Freud and Darwin as central figures, and one thing that I want to explore with you is the role of Freud and Darwin in your thinking and how your assessment especially of Freud has changed. Your admiration for Darwin seems to have been consistent, but clearly there has been an evolution in your thinking about Freud in the two decades since you published Freud, Biologist of the Mind. I'd also like to hear about how you got interested in Freud and Darwin and how you see your theoretical work connected to your own life experience. So maybe we could start with something autobiographical and then move on to issues of theory and substance.