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The Kingdom of Infinite Space : An Portrait of Your Head (Paperback)

Author: Tallis, Raymond

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In this pathbreaking book, one of Britain?s most eloquent and original thinkers writes about the head, what happens in it, and how it is and is not connected to our sense of identity and consciousness. Blending science, philosophy, and humor, Raymond Tallis examines the extraordinarily complex relationship we have with our heads. His aim, as he says, is to turn readers into astonished tourists of the piece of the world that is closest to them, so they never again take for granted the head that looks at them from the mirror.? Readers will delight that this is precisely what he accomplishes.


The voyage begins with a meditation on the self-portrait of a mirror image, followed by a consideration of the head?s various secretions. Tallis contemplates the air we exhale; the subtle meanings of nods, winks, and smiles; the mysteries of hearing, taste, and smell. He discusses the metaphysics of the gaze, the meaning of kissing, and the processes by which the head comes to understand the world. Along the way he offers intriguing digressions on such notions as having? and using? one?s head, and enjoying and suffering it. Tallis concludes with his thoughts on the very thing the reader?s head has been doing throughout the book: thinking.


Publisher Yale Univ Pr
Mfg Part# 9780300158601
SKU 211402425
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0300158602
Release Date 9/1/2009
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Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0324
Publisher Yale University Press
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