Soul Dust: The Magic of Consciousness

Soul Dust: The Magic of Consciousness

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Author: Professor Nicholas Humphrey (Trinity 1961)

Publisher: Quercus Publishing

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: 
Thursday 5 January 2012

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