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I am truly grateful to Nicholas Humphrey for this book. I have been concentrating on how scientists see consciousness for some time now and I normally gain something of value whilst disagreeing with a lot. With this book Nicholas Humphrey has bridged the gap between the academic study of this topic and all the rest of us. After a relatively short scientific gestation period, the study of consciousness has caught us all up!
The study was pulled from the hands of philosophers who had made little progress and finally put into the spotlight by scientists. Admittedly, the neuroscientists seemed to be leading the pack. But here is Nicholas Humphrey, a Professor of Psychology, coming up on the outside.
Not only has he positioned consciousness with respect to evolution, convincingly in my view, he has also expounded a theory for the way we view the world around us through the veil of consciousness. That theory, which I am not going to attempt to paraphrase here, could have undermined my own thinking but it hasn't. If anything it has cleansed my vision. It has made everything around me more real and more meaningful.
Nicholas Humphrey's book is a breakthrough and a joy to read. After 20 or so years of scientific study perhaps now, with this book, science can approach this topic in a way that will have relevance for us all.