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Humphrey, Nicholas

Overview
Works: 58 works in 189 publications in 5 languages and 7,652 library holdings
Genres: History  Quotations  Controversial literature  Case studies 
Roles: Author of introduction
Classifications: BF311, 126
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Most widely held works by Nicholas Humphrey
Seeing red : a study in consciousness by Nicholas Humphrey ( Book )
14 editions published between 2006 and 2009 in English and held by 1,815 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Consciousness matters. Arguably it matters more than anything. The purpose of this book is to build toward an explanation of just what the matter is." "Nicholas Humphrey begins this exploration of the biggest of big questions with a challenge to the reader, and himself. What's involved in "seeing red"? What is it like for us to see someone else seeing something red?" "Seeing a red screen tells us a fact about something in the world. But it also creates a new fact - a sensation in each of our minds, the feeling of redness. And that's the mystery. Conventional science so far hasn't told us what conscious sensations are made of, or how we get access to them, or why we have them at all. From an evolutionary perspective, what's the point of consciousness?" "Humphrey offers a daring and novel solution, arguing that sensations are not things that happen to us, they are things we do - originating in our primordial ancestors' expressions of liking or disgust. Tracing the evolutionary trajectory through to human beings, he shows how this has led to sensations playing the key role in the human sense of Self. The Self, as we now know it from within, seems to have fascinating other worldly properties. It leads us to believe in mind body duality and the existence of a soul. And such beliefs, even if mistaken, can be highly adaptive, because they increase the value we place on our own and otherʼ lives. Consciousness matters, Humphrey concludes with striking paradox, because it is its function to matter. It has been designed to create in human beings a Self whose live is worth pursing."--Jacket
Soul dust : the magic of consciousness by Nicholas Humphrey ( Book )
16 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and held by 1,594 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"How is consciousness possible? What biological purpose does it serve? Why do we value it so highly? The author returns to the front-line with a 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, making us feel special and transcendent. The book dovetails the 'hard problem of consciousness' with the matters that obsess us all - the fear of death, how life should be lived. Resting firmly on neuroscience and evolutionary theory, it is an uncompromising yet life-affirming work that never loses sight of the majesty and mystery of consciousness."--Publisher
A history of the mind by Nicholas Humphrey ( Book )
34 editions published between 1992 and 1999 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,156 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In a dark time ( Book )
4 editions published in 1984 in English and held by 664 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Consciousness regained : chapters in the development of mind by Nicholas Humphrey ( Book )
12 editions published between 1983 and 1984 in English and held by 576 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Family that walks on all fours ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 377 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Scientists present varying theories regarding five siblings in rural Turkey who rely on all fours for their mode of perambulation. Examines this phenomenon both in terms of evolutionary anomaly and environmental factors
Leaps of faith : science, miracles, and the search for supernatural consolation by Nicholas Humphrey ( Book )
5 editions published between 1996 and 1999 in English and held by 329 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The mind made flesh : essays from the frontiers of psychology and evolution by Nicholas Humphrey ( Book )
6 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 300 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Nicholas Humphrey's writings about the evolution of the mind have done much to set the agenda for contemporary psychology. Here, in a series of riveting essays, he invites us to 'take another look' at a variety of the central and not-so-central issues: the evolution of consciousness, the nature of the self, multiple personality disorder, the placebo effect, cave art, religious miracles, medieval animal trials, the seductions of dictatorship, and much more
The inner eye by Nicholas Humphrey ( Book )
6 editions published between 1986 and 2002 in English and held by 245 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"In 1971 Nicholas Humphrey spent three months at Dian Fossey's gorilla research centre in Rwanda. It was there among the mountain gorillas that he began to focus on the philosophical and scientific puzzle that has fascinated him ever since: the problem of how a human being or animal can know what it is like to be itself." "The Inner Eye describes where these original speculations led: to Humphrey's now celebrated theories of the 'social function of intellect' and of human beings as natural-born 'mind-readers'."--BOOK JACKET
Soul searching : human nature and supernatural belief by Nicholas Humphrey ( Book )
9 editions published between 1995 and 1996 in English and held by 170 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
How to solve the mind-- body problem by Nicholas Humphrey ( Book )
6 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 135 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Die Naturgeschichte des Ich by Nicholas Humphrey ( Book )
3 editions published between 1995 and 1997 in German and held by 46 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Four minutes to midnight by Nicholas Humphrey ( Book )
3 editions published between 1981 and 1982 in English and held by 43 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The inner eye by Nicholas Humphrey ( Book )
6 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 41 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The uses of consciousness by Nicholas Humphrey ( Book )
3 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 36 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
La Mirada interior by Nicholas Humphrey ( Book )
5 editions published between 1993 and 2001 in Spanish and held by 19 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Una historia de la mente : la evolución y el nacimiento de la conciencia by Nicholas Humphrey ( Book )
3 editions published between 1995 and 2006 in Spanish and held by 19 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Una storia della mente, ovvero, Perchè non vediamo le orecchie by Nicholas Humphrey ( Book )
4 editions published in 1998 in Italian and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
L'occhio della mente, ovvero, Perchè gli animali non si guardano allo specchio by Nicholas Humphrey ( Book )
3 editions published in 1992 in Italian and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Kan jian hong se : fen nu by Nicholas Humphrey ( Book )
2 editions published in 2010 in Chinese and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
 
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Alternative Names
ハンフリー, ニコラス
Languages
English (124)
Spanish (8)
Italian (7)
German (3)
Chinese (2)
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