It’s a joy to be releasing the 20th anniversary edition of Nicholas Humphrey’s A History of the Mind through BookBaby. I had the great pleasure of writing the forward for the book and interviewing him at the London Book Fair this year.
Nick says that the book was the result of years of research and theorizing of what it’s like to be conscious, to live in what he calls “the present tense of sensation.” AHOTM was written to be complementary to Daniel Dennett’s seminal work Consciousness Explained. Whereas Daniel Dennett’s book discusses the mind as decision-maker, an apparatus for creating future, and a “cerebral office,” Nick emphasized the human self, and how it takes delight in the feeling of being alive. Humphrey’s take is that we are active participants in sensation: rather than there being anything in the world inherently red, salty, or painful, our experiences are created by us and projected out into the world. In this way, we are participants in our own experience and light the world up with our own consciousness.
Here’s his video introduction to the book:
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