"A major and erudite statement of a position that is intellectually, morally, and spiritually of the first importance to those of us living now." Roger Scruton, of numerous books including A Political Philosophy: Arguments For Conservatism
"A splendid book. Tallis is right to say that current attempts to explain major elements of human life by brain-talk are fearfully misguided. Tallis is exceptional in having both the philosophical grasp to understand what is wrong here and the scientific knowledge to expose it fully. He documents the gravity of this menace in a clear, vigorous style, with real fire, venom, and humour." Mary Midgley, author of The Owl of Minerva: A Memoir and The Solitary Self: Darwin and the Selfish Gene
"A wonderful book and an important book, one that all neuroscientists should read. Tallis's fearless criticism of the work of some distinguished contemporary academics and scientists and the rather ludicrous experimental paradigms of MRI work needs to be made." Simon Shorvon, UCL Institute of Neurology
About the Author
Raymond Tallis trained as a doctor before going on to become Professor of Geriatric Medicine at the University of Manchester. He was elected Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences for his research in clinical neuroscience. He retired from medicine in 2006 to become a full-time writer. He has published fiction, poetry and over a dozen books of cultural criticism and philosophical anthropology including, most recently, the acclaimed The Kingdom of Infinite Space (2008).