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Published on Dec 21, 2011
Pufendorf Lecture One. How is consciousness possible? What biological purpose does it serve? Nicholas Humphrey has a radical new theory. Consciousness, he argues, is nothing less than a magical-mystery show that we stage inside our own heads -- a show that paves the way for spirituality, and allows us to reap the rewards, and anxieties, of living in the "soul niche." This is the first of Humphrey's Pufendorf Prize Lectures, delivered at the University of Lund in May 2011. "A delightful and thought-provoking tour de force" Simon Blackburn.