John Clay

Voyage of Discovery

The Secret of Consciousness: How the Brain Tells the 'Story of Me'

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Paul Ableman has come up with a well-rounded theory that challenges many assumptions about the mind. A few years ago, he had a dream in which he was eating at a restaurant with friends and then, in the dream, he became suddenly detached, and saw himself from above at the table. Afterwards, he wondered which was the real ‘I’, the diner or the observer? Eventually this led him to look more closely at the nature of consciousness, both in dreams and in waking life.

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