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Who Am I and If So How Many?: A Journey Through Your Mind by [Precht, Richard David]
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When you read this book, you've taken the first step on the way towards happiness ... This book is indispensable. (Elke Heidenreich, Lesen!)

A sweeping guide for getting to the bottom of things - for searching for answers and critically examining those answers. In short: narrated philosophy. (buchjournal)

Precht's rhetorically fine train of thought ranges beyond a spirit of the time and traverses its own limits. He poses systematic questions pertaining to everyday life. He casts a net of philosophical insights, scientific discoveries, and political events that broadens the perspective of the total human phenomenon. (West German Broadcasting (WDR))

A good introduction to some pretty big ideas. (Big Issue)

I found myself getting sucked into this book. (Evening Standard)

Precht offers a uniquely enriching and thought-provoking experience. (Good Book Guide)

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The huge international bestseller that takes you on a journey through your mind and gives you the answers to the big philosophical questions.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 612 KB
  • Print Length: 353 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1849011028
  • Publisher: Constable (21 April 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004T8O5GE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #319,568 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This book is unusual in bringing together thoughts, evidence and research from different disciplines, mostly philosophy, neuroscience and psychology to address some of the most fundamental questions of human existence. After his introduction to the human animal, Precht turns his mind to moral issues such as euthanasia, abortion, reproductive cloning and the right to eat animals, before addressing such issues such as the existence of god, the meaning of life, and how to be happy. Great thinkers and scientists are introduced and explained in an accessible and engaging way, and he stops it getting to heavy by his liberal use of references to popular culture (e.g. Star Trek & Monty Python). You have to concentrate, but it is always readable, and I found it shifted my thinking on some key attitudes in my life. And for a book, you can't say better than that. Highly recommended.
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By J. Morris TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 28 Aug. 2012
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Who Am I? And if so, How many? is translated here from it's original German. It has however, lost nothing of the flair of the original. What follows is a run-down from the biological structures of the brain, the nascence of neurology and the basic thought processes to the evolution of philosophy. Precht begins most sections with a history lesson, detailing the genesis of the characters at hand, whether that is Kant, Freud or even Nietzsche, he draws on notable figures throughout history that have shaped perception of self.

The important questions the book asks are primarily to do with morality and the argument about it's innateness within us. Whether we are born with it or learn it. Whether we choose to follow it, or choose to deviate from it. Resultantly, this book causes a fair degree of introspection as it uses time-worn philosophical questions to stimulate the reader. Ultimately, I found this a page-turner, despite the slightly heavy intellectual-weight this book carries. Recommended for a thorough and thought-provoking look at your mind.
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This is an excellent book - very readable, concise but clear and informative. It is a compelling read. I recommend it to anyone with a broad range of interests in philosophy, psychology and understanding the mind.
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Love this book. REALLY short chapters on important questions - their brevity makes them easier to digest. Like little knowledge appetizers. Have gifted this to a number of my friends.
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Great book. Inspiring and challenges ones perspective on things. Great introduction to the history of selected science achievements and thinking.
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