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Join us for the London launch of Jet McDonald's MIND IS THE RIDE, a two-wheeled tour of philosophical thought that uses bike components and the ride to understand our relationship with the world. Jet will read from the book before being joined for a discussion by cycle tourer and Pages of Hackney's manager, Jo Heygate.
When Jet McDonald cycled four thousand miles to India and back, he didn’t want to write a straightforward travel book. He wanted to go on an imaginative journey.
Mind is the Ride takes the reader on a physical and intellectual adventure from West to East using the components of a bike as a metaphor for philosophy, which is woven into the cyclist's experience. Each chapter is based around a single component, and as Jet travels he adds new parts and new philosophies until the bike is ‘built’; the ride to India is completed; and the relationship between mind, body and bicycle made apparent.
The age of the travelogue is over: today we need to travel inwardly to see the world with fresh eyes. Mind is the Ride is that journey, a pedal-powered antidote to the petrol-driven philosophies of the past.
Jet McDonald is a writer, musician, and psychiatrist. He is the author of many articles for Boneshaker Magazine and has written for the Idler. He is a member of the Philosophy Special Interest Group of Royal College of Psychiatrists.