From Nous to Now.....

In 2010 I read the above book by John Frederick Carden Michell (1933-2009).  A lifelong marijuana smoker, Mitchell died from lung cancer before the book was published.

Mitchell was a believer in Western esotericism and the spiritual significance of numbers and geometry. This book has many elegant water colours that are reminiscent of M.C. Escher's  mathematically inspired art.

In this book Mitchell drew a fanciful and witty cartoon that showed Plato's imaginary cat Nous leaving through a catflap in the front door of the entrance to his  Academy in Athens. Hence the title 'Plato's Nous'