Out of My Head: On the Trail of Consciousness

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Random House, Jul 5, 2018 - Psychology - 320 pages

Is my experience real?

Or just a movie in my head?

Am I no more than a super computer?

You are your brain, neuroscientists tell us. Everything happens in there. Yet even the most sophisticated brain scan cannot tell us who we are. Nothing in our neurons remotely suggests the rich nature of our experience, the colours, sounds and smells that make up our lives.

When Tim Parks came across a radical new theory of consciousness, he set on a quest that moves through one sparkling encounter after another to arrive at the deepest of questions: what stuff exactly is consciousness made of? And where is it? Inside or out?

‘An exceptionally witty and compelling look at the nature of consciousness... Parks is a delight to read’ Iain McGilchrist

‘[It has] wit, humanity and insight... Parks is an entertaining companion throughout’ Mail on Sunday

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In philosophy one of the most difficult questions to ask and the answer is consciousness. Daniel Dennet has made strides in this area but here the author takes on the same general area but of course ... Read full review

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About the author (2018)

Born in Manchester, Tim Parks grew up in London and studied at Cambridge and Harvard. He lives in Milan.

He is the acclaimed author of novels, non-fiction and essays, including Europa, In Extremis, A Season with Verona, Teach Us to Sit Still and Italian Ways. He has been shortlisted for the Booker Prize, won the Somerset Maugham Award, the Betty Trask Prize, the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, the John Florio Prize and the Italo Calvino Prize.

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