States of Mind : Experiences at the Edge of Consciousness - the exhibition catalogue from Wellcome Collection available to buy at Museum Bookstore

States of Mind : Experiences at the Edge of Consciousness

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'this fascinating book, which looks at the nature of consciousness through literature, science, art and case studies' - The Guardian

This collection of literature, science and art delves into the mysteries of human consciousness. Understanding the nature of consciousness continues to challenge even the leading experts in the field. Yet we all experience some form of consciousness and make daily journeys between different conscious states as we sleep and wake.

Through the eyes of writers, artists, scientists and philosophers, ‘States of Mind’ explores the meaning of consciousness and, in particular, the nature of interrupted or liminal conscious experiences, such as somnambulism, synaesthesia and disorders of memory.

At times conflicting views from physicians and psychiatrists, hypnotists and historians, are interwoven with individual cases, such as someone who remained awake during an operation, and a man who was acquitted of murdering his mistress after his counsel presented “an extraordinary plea of somnambulism”. The diverse – even conflicting – perspectives pose fundamental questions about what it means to be alive, aware and human.

Published to accompany the Wellcome Collection's States of Mind: Tracing the Edges of Consciousness, this collection includes works by Jane Austen, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Arthur Conan Doyle, Francis Crick, René Descartes, Emily Dickinson, H L Gold, Franz Kafka, H P Lovecraft, Marcel Proust, Mary Shelley, Henry David Thoreau, Alan Turing, H G Wells and Émile Zola.

  • Author: Anna Faherty
  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Date published: February 2016
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-1781256558
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 13 cm