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    # Highly Recommended《Bran-New + Explain The Mystery Of Consciousness & The Meaning of Life》 Nicholas Humphrey - SOUL DUST : The Magic of Consciousness

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    This New York Times and The Guardian bestseller in hardcover edition is a bran-new book and still wrapped with new book plastic wrapper. The original new book is sold at usual price RM147.00 (Hardcover). Now here Only at RM30. ☞ 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. The author suggests that life is a show we stage for ourselves. He presents some of the recent developments in the field of study of consciousness and also makes his own hypothesis about what it is all about, including that "consciousness is an entertainment to help you survive...it stems from inner monitoring." 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 provides answers to the deepest questions. It shows how the problem of consciousness merges with questions that obsess us all--how life should be lived and the fear of death. Resting firmly on neuroscience and evolutionary theory, and drawing a wealth of insights from philosophy and literature, Soul Dust is an uncompromising yet life-affirming work--one that never loses sight of the majesty and wonder of consciousness. Lots of interesting ideas, and the book is sprouting many coloured bookmark tabs where readers found ideas worth exploring further, or springboards for ideas to put in the story. Don't be misled by the title. Nicholas Humphrey is not a new age Guru. He is a hardcore scientist and philosopher. He does not ask us to believe in the existence of spirit beyond the physical body. Consciousness, he claims, is a very much a creation of the neurophysics of the human brain. The question Humphrey asks is whether consciousness adds to evolutionary fitness in any way? Does a conscious organism have a better chance of surviving than an automaton? His answer is a resounding yes. He takes into account the criticism that consciousness does not add to the organism's skill at dealing with the environment and does not refute it. However, consciousness gives the organism a higher stake in surviving. A conscious individual lives a more interesting, more meaningful life, and therefore strives to continue the interesting 'show'. With this as the basic thesis Humphrey delves into poetry, art, spirituality and soul. All these are outcomes of our enjoyment of conscious living and our desire to enrich the experience further. His quotations from works of literature are very apt and beautiful. They helped me appreciate the beauty of these works a lot better. The downside of this rich conscious life is that human beings are the only species who know that they will die. The fear of death and the attempts to cope with it form the subject matter of the penultimate chapter that goes into the very meaning of life. This book takes up an interesting thesis, develops it well in a readable manner and helps us gain a new perspective on art, spirituality and the meaning of life. It is one of the most meaningful books many readers have read. Strongly recommended. Review From Publishers Weekly: Humphrey, the psychologist who discovered blind sight, combines the latest research on neurology and psychology with age-old philosophical questions about the nature of perception and sensation. In answer to the quandary of how human consciousness evolved, since much of our mental activity occurs unconsciously (fight or flight; intuition; biases), he suggests that sensual pleasure and the perception of beauty add value to our lives and enhance our desire to survive. Because we externalize our perceptions ("projecting sensations onto objects") we believe that our lives have meaning. He argues that the "magical interiority of human minds" is not merely a pleasurable bonus to the business of survival but creates the foundation for human existence and our ability to "acknowledge and honor the personhood of others." Though he rejects the existence of the supernatural, Humphrey sees a "soul niche," made possible by the development of complex neurological feedback loops, as the evolutionary home of the human species. This is a fascinating affirmation of the existence of the human soul and a difficult read, but well worth the effort. About the Author Nicholas Humphrey is School Professor at the London School of Economics and Professor of Psychology at the New School for Social Research is a theoretical psychologist, internationally known for his work on the evolution of human intelligence and consciousness. He the only scientist ever to edit the literary journal Granta. His books include Consciousness Regained, The Inner Eye, A History of the Mind, Leaps of Faith, The Mind Made Flesh, and Seeing Red: A Study in Consciousness.

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