Soul Dust | 25 – 27 January 2011
with Susan Aldworth
Tuesday 25 – Thursday 27 January 2011
How is consciousness possible? What biological purpose does it serve? Why do we value it so highly?
Psychologist Nicholas Humphrey’s new book Soul Dust presents 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.’