Being a Human : Adventures in 40,000 Years of Consciousness-9781788167185

Being a Human : Adventures in 40,000 Years of Consciousness

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Author(s): Foster, Charles,
Binding: Paperback,
Date of Publication: 02/06/2022,
Pagination: 400 pages, 3/4 images scattered throughout,
Series: N/A,
Imprint: Profile Books Ltd,
Published By: Profile Books Ltd,
Book Classification: Prehistory,
Dimensions: 128 x 199 x 27
ISBN13/EAN/SKU: 9781788167185

A SPECTATOR BOOK OF THE YEAR 2022'A thrilling deep-dive through our evolutionary past, and a witty and learned commentary on why we are the way we are - and what wisdom we've lost along the way' Cal Flynn, author of Islands of Abandonment'A wild ride: brave, outrageous, hilarious, helpful and urgent ... essential reading' Merlin Sheldrake, author of Entangled LivesWhat kind of creature is a human? If we don't know what we are, how can we know how to act? Charles Foster sets out to understand what a human is, inhabiting the sensory worlds of humans at three pivotal moments in our history.

Foster begins his quest with his son in a Derbyshire wood, trying to find a way of experiencing the world that recognises the deep expanse of time when we understood ourselves as hunter-gatherers, and when modern consciousness was first ignited. From there he travels to the Neolithic, a way of being defined by fences, farms, sky gods and slaughterhouses, and finally to the Enlightenment, when we decided that the universe was a machine and we were soulless cogs within it.