Soul dust : the magic of consciousness / Nicholas Humphrey.

How is consciousness possible? What biological purpose does it serve? And why do we value it so highly? In Soul Dust, the psychologist Nicholas Humphrey, a leading figure in consciousness research, proposes a startling new theory. Consciousness, he argues, is nothing less than a magical-mystery show...

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Main Author: Humphrey, Nicholas.
Format: Electronic
Language:English
Published: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©2011.
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Summary:How is consciousness possible? What biological purpose does it serve? And why do we value it so highly? In Soul Dust, the psychologist Nicholas Humphrey, a leading figure in consciousness research, proposes 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 and makes 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."
Physical Description:1 online resource (xii, 243 pages) : illustrations
Bibliography:Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN:9781400838073
140083807X