In his new magnum opus, Aping Mankind, Professor Raymond Tallis mounts an all-out assault on the claims made by many contemporary thinkers that neuroscience and evolutionary theory together explain human consciousness, behaviour and society. Combative, rigorous, witty and thought-provoking, Aping Mankind is an important book: a must for all those who sense that men and women are infinitely more interesting and complex than they appear in the mirror of biologism.
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 on cultural criticism, the philosophy of mind and philosophical anthropology including the acclaimed The Kingdom of Infinite Space (2008) and Michelangelo’s Finger (2010). In 2009 Intelligent Life magazine named Raymond Tallis as one of the top living polymaths in the world. His latest book is Aping Mankind: Neuromania, Darwinitis and the Misrepresentation of Humanity. Visit his website at www.raymondtallis.com.
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