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

£16.99

by Charles Foster

ISBN: 9781788167178

Hardback

A New Statesman Essential Non-Fiction Book of 2021 and Kirkus Best Book of 2021’Delivers mind-expanding revelation and glorious originality and colour … This is my book of the year’ Patrick Barkham, author of The Butterfly Isles What kind of creature is a human? If we don’t know what we are, how can we know how to act? In Being a Human 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 in a wood in Derbyshire with his son, shivering, starving and hunting, trying to find a way of experiencing the world that recognises the deep expanse of time when we understood ourselves as hunter-gatherers, indivisible from the non-human world, and when modern consciousness was first ignited.

From there he travels to the Neolithic, when we tamed animals, plants and ourselves, to a way of being defined by walls, fences, farms, sky gods and slaughterhouses, and finally to the rarefied world of the Enlightenment, when we decided that the universe was a machine and we were soulless cogs within it.

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