Muses, Madmen, and Prophets: Hearing Voices and the Borders of Sanity

Muses, Madmen, and Prophets: Hearing Voices and the Borders of Sanity

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by Daniel B. Smith
     
 

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An inquiry into hearing voices-one of humanity's most profound phenomena

Auditory hallucination is one of the most awe-inspiring, terrifying, and ill- understood tricks of which the human psyche is capable. In the age of modern medical science, we have relegated this experience to nothing more than a biological glitch. Yet as Daniel B. Smith puts forth in See more details below

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An inquiry into hearing voices-one of humanity's most profound phenomena

Auditory hallucination is one of the most awe-inspiring, terrifying, and ill- understood tricks of which the human psyche is capable. In the age of modern medical science, we have relegated this experience to nothing more than a biological glitch. Yet as Daniel B. Smith puts forth in Muses, Madmen, and Prophets, some of the greatest thinkers, leaders, and prophets in history heard, listened to, and had dialogues with voices inside their heads. In a fascinating quest for understanding, Smith examines the history of this powerful phenomenon, and delivers a ringing defense of the validity of unusual human experiences.

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"Articulate, engaging, and deeply researched."
-Dr. Jerome Groopman, The Boston Globe

"Fascinating."
-Peter D. Kramer, The New York Times Book Review

"An eloquent writer."
-San Francisco Chronicle

Jerome Groopman
Articulate, engaging, and deeply researched.
The Boston Globe
Peter D. Kramer
Fascinating.
The New York Times Book Review
San Francisco Chronicle
An eloquent writer.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780143113157
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/26/2008
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
897,296
Product dimensions:
5.51(w) x 8.44(h) x 0.56(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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"Articulate, engaging, and deeply researched."
-Dr. Jerome Groopman, The Boston Globe

"Fascinating."
-Peter D. Kramer, The New York Times Book Review

"An eloquent writer."
-San Francisco Chronicle

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