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The Hidden Spring

Nonfiction: Science
Unabridged   12 hour(s)
Publication date: 03/30/2021

The Hidden Spring

A Journey to the Source of Consciousness

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Audio CD ISBN:9781696603119
Digital Download ISBN:9781696603102


A revelatory new theory of consciousness that returns emotions to the center of mental life, from one of the boldest thinkers in contemporary neuroscience.

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Product Description

For Mark Solms, one of the boldest thinkers in contemporary neuroscience, discovering how consciousness comes about has been a lifetime's quest. Scientists consider it the "hard problem" because it seems an impossible task to understand why we feel a subjective sense of self and how it arises in the brain.

Venturing into the elementary physics of life, Solms has now arrived at an astonishing answer. In The Hidden Spring, he brings forward his discovery in accessible language and graspable analogies.

Solms is a fearless guide on an extraordinary voyage from the dawn of neuropsychology and psychoanalysis to the cutting edge of contemporary neuroscience, adhering to the medically provable. But he goes beyond other neuroscientists by paying close attention to the subjective experiences of hundreds of neurological patients, many of whom he treated, whose uncanny conversations expose much about the brain's obscure reaches.

Most importantly, you will be able to recognize the workings of your own mind for what they really are, including every stray thought, pulse of emotion, and shift of attention. The Hidden Spring will profoundly alter your understanding of your own subjective experience.


"[R]emarkably clear, accommodating and exciting to read…The Hidden Spring provides a necessary reminder that rational thinking isn't all it seems to be." ― Jess Keiser, Washington Post

"One of the worthiest efforts to come out of neuroscience in recent memory." ― Jason Kehe, WIRED

"Nobody bewitched by these mysteries [of consciousness] can afford to ignore the solution proposed by Mark Solms…Fascinating, wide-ranging and heartfelt." ― Oliver Burkeman, Guardian

Author Bio

Mark Solms discovered the brain mechanisms of dreaming. He is director of neuropsychology at the University of Cape Town's Neuroscience Institute. He is also honorary lecturer in neurosurgery at St Bartholomew's and Royal London Hospital School of Medicine and an honorary fellow of the American College of Psychiatrists.