Soul Dust: The Magic of Consciousness
By Professor Nicholas Humphrey (Trinity 1961)
Princeton University Press (USA) / Quercus Publishing (UK)
How is consciousness possible? What biological purpose does it serve? Why do we value it so highly?
In Soul Dust the psychologist Nicholas Humphrey, a leading figure in consciousness research, returns to the front-line with a startling new theory.
Consciousness, he argues, is nothing less than a magical-mystery show that we stage for ourselves inside our own heads. This self-made show lights up the world for us, making us feel special and transcendent.
Tightly argued, intellectually gripping and a joy to read, Soul Dust is a keenly anticipated book that provides answers to the deepest questions. It dovetails the 'hard problem of consciousness' with the matters that obsess us all - the fear of death, how life should be lived.
Resting firmly on neuroscience and evolutionary theory, it is an uncompromising yet life-affirming work that never loses sight of the majesty and mystery of consciousness.
Publication date: 5 January 2012
Added: 11 July 2012
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