Being a Human: Adventures in 40,000 Years of Consciousness

Charles Foster

Format: Hardback

Publisher: Profile Books Ltd

Published: 26th Aug '21


A radical work of nature writing and philosophical enquiry, resituating us in our real human skins.

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A New Statesman Essential Non-Fiction Book of 2021 and Kirkus Best Book of 2021 ‘Delivers mind-expanding revelation and glorious originality and colour … This is my book of the year’ Patrick Barkham, author of The Butterfly Isles What kind of creature is a human? If we don’t know what we are, how can we know how to act? In Being a Human Charles Foster sets out to understand what a human is, inhabiting the sensory worlds of humans at three pivotal moments in our history. Foster begins his quest in a wood in Derbyshire with his son, shivering, starving and hunting, trying to find a way of experiencing the world that recognises the deep expanse of time when we understood ourselves as hunter-gatherers, indivisible from the non-human world, and when modern consciousness was first ignited. From there he travels to the Neolithic, when we tamed animals, plants and ourselves, to a way of being defined by walls, fences, farms, sky gods and slaughterhouses, and finally to the rarefied world of the Enlightenment, when we decided that the universe was a machine and we were soulless cogs within it.

Additional information

Weight 0.506 kg
Dimensions 42 × 142 × 218 mm
Page Count 400