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JMBarrie / Why does Barrie refer to specific books in many of his works?
« on: September 29, 2017, 09:35:38 AM »
J M Barrie often appears on his own works, some of which are overtly autobiographical, while in other works he is present as the narrator. But parts of his personality can also be seen in other characters e.g. Peter can be seen as Barrie’s fantasy of himself as a child. Several well-known books are mentioned in Barrie’s work and they are often not an essential part of the plot, suggesting that the books are there for some other reason. Captain Hook is described and having a copy of Roget’s Thesaurus, one of Barrie’s favourite works; Chrichton has the only book on the Island – a poetry book by W. E. Henley, where Henley was Barrie’s good friend; and, in Auld Licht Idylls, one man sheltering in a bothy has a copy of one of Darwin’s books, where I would argue that many post-Darwinian themes about human nature appear in Barrie’s books. Does Barrie sometimes indicate that a particular fictional character is, in fact, himself by making him the only character with a book? Can anyone think of other books that act as ‘badges’ indicating that the character is a personification of the author?
JMBarrie / Peter Pan and the Mind of J M Barrie
« on: March 01, 2017, 08:17:08 PM »
I am pleased to say that my book 'Peter Pan and the Mind of J M Barrie' has been chosen as  'Book of the Month' by the publisher Cambridge Scholars who are offering a 60% discount on the price of the book for the month of March 2017 via this link
New to / The Science Behind Peter Pan
« on: July 08, 2016, 07:29:20 PM »
Hi, I’m new to this forum but it looks wonderful. I am a retired neuropsychologist specialising in cognition – the structure and mechanisms of the way we think. I came across Barrie’s texts by chance and was amazed to discover that he was aware of many cognitive aspects of child development that were not ‘discovered’ by science until the second half of the twentieth century. This is an astonishing achievement. It seems to me that, like many of his contemporaries, Barrie was deeply influenced by Darwin’s theory of evolution. He was very interested in the extent to which human behaviour was instinctive. He was also interested in aspects of consciousness in humans and animals. This is an area of study that has only become of interest to scientists in the last few decades. Barrie appears to have been influenced by the psychological theories of William James (Henry James’s brother). I believe that Barrie’s books ‘Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens’ and ‘Peter and Wendy’ are comparable in terms of scientific insights to Lewis Carroll’s ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’ and Charles Kingsley’s ‘The Water Babies’. I have analyzed the science in Barrie’s Peter Pan stories and presented them in a book ‘Peter Pan and the Mind of J.M Barrie. An Exploration of Cognition and Consciousness’ published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing. ISBN 978-1-4438-9107-3.

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