We have recently published two new books:
Spontaneity in Japanese Art and Culture
This is the first comprehensive analysis of
Japanese art and aesthetics in their cultural context.
Visitors to Japan are often puzzled by the
resraint and high level of Japanese taste in art on one hand and the
gaudy colors and noise of phenomena such as downtown advertising and
The Youngs ask us to consider how the Restrained
and Exuberant traditions in Japan are not really contradictory but
opposite ends of a continuum governed by rules that depend upon the
This movement is not arbitrary, but governed by
principles that go to the core of Japanese culture.
This book is a socio-scientific approach to a
better understanding of some of these basic principles.
For this and other publications on Japan by these authors go to Japanese Aesthetics Be sure to check out the excellent reviews !
The Mouse Woman of Gabriola: Brain, Mind and Icon Interactions in Spontaneous
The Mouse Woman is an image of an important First Nations “grandmother” spirit with healing powers carved into a boulder on the island of Gabriola off the west coast of Canada. This book explores the factors involved in the spontaneous healing of individuals who come to the Mouse Woman for help, including the role of healers, the role of faith and meditation, mind/brain/body interactions, the placebo response, and the ability of individuals to tap external sources of healing energy such as energy from the environment.
go to Health and Healing
Cry of the Eagle: Encounters with a Cree Healer
by David Young, Grant Ingram, and Lise Swartz
- This book was published in 1989 by the University of Toronto
Press (Toronto, Buffalo & London)
and Coming SOON...
A Cree Healer's Medicine Bundle
by David Young and Russell Willier
- Soon to be released by CCI Press in cooperation with the Centre for
the Cross-Cultural Study of Health and Healing at the University of
- This is a sequel to Cry of the Eagle
The first documents the healing practices of
Russell Wilier, Cree Healer, and the second book documents the medicines he
uses in his healing practices.