Claxton, Guy Lennox 1947-

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Claxton, Guy Lennox 1947-


Born June 20, 1947, in London, England; son of Eric and Ruby Mary Claxton; married Vicky Anne Lewis, August 22, 1970 (divorced, 1979). Ethnicity: "White." Education: Cambridge University, B.A. (with honors), 1969, M.A., 1973; Oxford University, D.Phil., 1974.


Home—Totnes, Devon, England.


University of London, London, England, lecturer in psychology of education at Institute of Education, 1974-79, and at Chelsea College, beginning 1979. Schumacher College, founding faculty member; University of Bristol, visiting professor.


British Psychological Society (fellow).


The Little Ed Book (nonfiction), Routledge & Kegan Paul (Boston, MA), 1978.

(With Anand Ageha) Wholly Human: Western and Eastern Visions of the Self and Its Perfection, Routledge & Kegan Paul (Boston, MA), 1981.

Live and Learn, Harper & Row (New York, NY), 1984.

Teaching to Learn: A Direction for Education, Cassell (London, England), 1990.

The Heart of Buddhism, Crucible, 1990.

Educating the Inquiring Mind: The Challenge for School Science, Harvester Wheatsheaf (New York, NY), 1991.

Noises from the Darkroom: The Science and Mystery of the Mind, Aquarian (London, England), 1994.

Wise Up: The Challenge of Lifelong Learning, St. Martin's Press (New York, NY), 1999.

Hare Brain, Tortoise Mind: Why Intelligence Increases When You Think Less, Ecco Press (Hopewell, NJ), 1999.

Building Learning Power: Helping Young People Become Better Learners, TLO (Bristol, England), 2002.

The Wayward Mind: An Intimate History of the Unconscious, Little, Brown (New York, NY), 2005.


(And contributor) Cognitive Psychology: New Directions, Routledge & Kegan Paul (Boston, MA), 1980.

Beyond Therapy: The Impact of Eastern Religions on Psychological Theory and Practice, Wisdom Publications (London, England), 1986.

Growth Points in Cognition, Routledge (New York, NY), 1988.

(Coeditor) Liberating the Learner: Lessons for Professional Development in Education, Routledge (New York, NY), 1996.

(With Terry Atkinson) The Intuitive Practitioner: On the Value of Not Always Knowing What One Is Doing, Open University Press (Philadelphia, PA), 2000.

(With Gay Watson and Stephen Batchelor) The Psychology of Awakening: Buddhism, Science, and Human Welfare, S. Weiser (York Beach, ME), 2000.

(With Gordon Wells) Learning for Life in the 21st Century: Sociocultural Perspectives on the Future of Education, Blackwell Publishers (Malden, MA), 2002.

(With Rosamund Sutherland and Andrew Pollard) Learning and Teaching Where Worldviews Meet, Trentham Books (Sterling, VA), 2003.



Booklist, February 15, 1999, Mary Carroll, review of Hare Brain, Tortoise Mind: Why Intelligence Increases When You Think Less, p. 1005.

Kirkus Reviews, December 15, 1998, review of Hare Brain, Tortoise Mind, p. 1772.

Library Journal, January, 1999, Elizabeth Goeters, review of Hare Brain, Tortoise Mind, p. 130.

Publishers Weekly, January 11, 1999, review of Hare Brain, Tortoise Mind, p. 63; November 1, 1999, review of Wise Up: The Challenge of Lifelong Learning, p. 65.


Professor Guy Claxton: Who Is Guy Claxton?, (March 6, 2007).