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.
|Publisher:||Penguin Publishing Group|
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|Age Range:||18 Years|
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To explain how people hear disembodied voices, the author starts with a lengthy account of the normal anatomy and physiology of speech and hearing. Speech turns out to be exciting but tragic, air traversing the 8-inch rigid shower hose nozzle of the trachea, passing through vocal chords "reminiscent of labia,"' and rushing through the auditory canal only to bounce off the taut tympanic membrane. Unfortunately, like the military history of Joan of Arc later in the book, not all of it is relevant. Partially overlapping territory is covered by Oliver Sacks's "Hallucinations," Simon McCarthy-Jones's "Hearing Voices," and Wilson Van Dusen's older and odder "The Presence of Other Worlds," all of them better reads.
In an articulate, and thought provoking manner, Smith breaks open the topic of hearing voices. Previously linked with schizophrenia, Smith reveals that many people, including his father, who do not have the symptoms of schizophrenia also hear voices. His research is groundbreaking, and his writing is easy to read. Highly recommended!