The Three Humiliations of Humanity

atkins bookshelf quotations“Sigmund Freud declared that humanity had suffered three historic humiliations — Galileo’s discovery that the earth was not at the center of the universe, Darwin’s [discovery] that mankind was not qualitatively different than the animal kingdom, and his own — that we are not in control of our own minds. Modern specialists reject many of his theories about the healing powers of psychoanalysis, but his revelation that the unconscious retains many thoughts and emotions that the conscious mind appears to have forgotten, has radically changed the way people think about themselves.”

From the essay “The Interpretations of Dreams (1899) by Sigmund Freud” in Books That Changed the World (2008) by Andrew Taylor. Taylor is a British journalist and contributor to the Sunday Times.

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