After 200 pages of cutesy prose and anecdotal science, the final chapter of Steven Johnson’s Mind Wide Open has glimpses into ideas that, had they been explored, would have made the book a thousand times better.
He tantalizes us there and in the notes with the idea of a bridge between the post-structuralist’s concept of the subject and evolutionary psychologist’s idea of mental development. He hints at the links between Freud’s id-ego-superego and Paul MacLean’s Triune brain. It is all very frustrating. However, Mind Wide Open is a decent introduction to a frightening subject.