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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 starling 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. Thus consciousness paves the way for spirituality and allows us, as human beings, to reap the rewards, and anxieties, of living in what Humphrey calls the 'soul niche'. 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 mystery of consciousness.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
'Consciousness, he argues, is nothing less than a magical-mystery show that we stage for ourselves inside our own heads. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Simon Barrett 'Il Penseroso'
Maybe I am not intellectual enough but the first few chapters were like wading though treacle and utterly boring. Read morePublished on 28 Feb. 2013 by Pauline, Bristol
Having read some good reviews of this book, I was looking forward to a mind expanding tour-de-force that would provide a credible account and explanation of consciousness, how it... Read morePublished on 22 Feb. 2013 by Banjoman
will read again. It's an empowering book and I need to read all the earlier bits..... It is a time of deep reflection for me as two close deaths to bear. Read morePublished on 22 Jan. 2013 by C. F. Hankinson
The author seems to overlook the extended self that is family and its role in everlasting albeit diluted personal presence with each successive generation. Read morePublished on 1 Jan. 2013 by Margaret
Given previous form, the reader reviews and professional references, I confess to expecting something almost revolutionary. Read morePublished on 9 Jun. 2012 by J. Taylor
The substance of this book falls into two parts, an attempt to explain how consciousness arises, and an attempt to understand the functions of consciousness, working from the basis... Read morePublished on 29 Aug. 2011 by S. G. Raggett
I was incredibly disappointed by this book, reading it after seeing the reviews.
It contains vast amounts of waffle and hand wavy stuff and nothing of substance about how I'm... Read more