The Hidden Spring (Hardback)

A Journey to the Source of Consciousness

Mark Solms

A revolutionary new explanation for sentience from the neuroscientist who discovered how the brain dreams

The era-defining book that will forever change the way you understand your mind.

'Required reading' - Susie Orbach

'Truly pioneering' - Eric Kandel

'It changes everything' - Brian Eno

How does the mind connect to the body? Why does it feel like something to be us? For one of the boldest thinkers in neuroscience, solving this puzzle has been a lifetime's quest. Now at last, the man who discovered the brain mechanism for dreaming appears to have made a breakthrough.

The very idea that a solution is at hand may seem outrageous. Isn't consciousness intangible, beyond the reach of science? Yet Mark Solms shows how misguided fears and suppositions have concealed its true nature. Stick to the medical facts, pay close attention to the eerie testimony of hundreds of neurosurgery patients, and a way past our obstacles reveals itself.

Join Solms on a voyage into the extraordinary realms beyond. More than just a philosophical argument, The Hidden Spring will forever alter how you understand your own experience. There is a secret buried in the brain's ancient foundations: bring it into the light and we fathom all the depths of our being.

Publication date: 28/01/2021

£20.00

ISBN: 9781788162838

Imprint: Profile Books

Subject: Science & Mathematics

The Hidden Spring (Ebook)

A Journey to the Source of Consciousness

Mark Solms

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A revolutionary new explanation for sentience from the neuroscientist who discovered how the brain dreams

The era-defining book that will forever change the way you understand your mind.

'Required reading' - Susie Orbach

'Truly pioneering' - Eric Kandel

'It changes everything' - Brian Eno

How does the mind connect to the body? Why does it feel like something to be us? For one of the boldest thinkers in neuroscience, solving this puzzle has been a lifetime's quest. Now at last, the man who discovered the brain mechanism for dreaming appears to have made a breakthrough.

The very idea that a solution is at hand may seem outrageous. Isn't consciousness intangible, beyond the reach of science? Yet Mark Solms shows how misguided fears and suppositions have concealed its true nature. Stick to the medical facts, pay close attention to the eerie testimony of hundreds of neurosurgery patients, and a way past our obstacles reveals itself.

Join Solms on a voyage into the extraordinary realms beyond. More than just a philosophical argument, The Hidden Spring will forever alter how you understand your own experience. There is a secret buried in the brain's ancient foundations: bring it into the light and we fathom all the depths of our being.

Publication date: 28/01/2021

£19.99

ISBN: 9781782835714

ISBN 10 / ASIN: B08FKPV1WR

Imprint: Profile Books

Subject: Science & Mathematics

The Hidden Spring (Audiobook)

A Journey to the Source of Consciousness

Mark Solms

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A revolutionary new explanation for sentience from the neuroscientist who discovered how the brain dreams

The era-defining book that will forever change the way you understand your mind.

'Required reading' - Susie Orbach

'Truly pioneering' - Eric Kandel

'It changes everything' - Brian Eno

How does the mind connect to the body? Why does it feel like something to be us? For one of the boldest thinkers in neuroscience, solving this puzzle has been a lifetime's quest. Now at last, the man who discovered the brain mechanism for dreaming appears to have made a breakthrough.

The very idea that a solution is at hand may seem outrageous. Isn't consciousness intangible, beyond the reach of science? Yet Mark Solms shows how misguided fears and suppositions have concealed its true nature. Stick to the medical facts, pay close attention to the eerie testimony of hundreds of neurosurgery patients, and a way past our obstacles reveals itself.

Join Solms on a voyage into the extraordinary realms beyond. More than just a philosophical argument, The Hidden Spring will forever alter how you understand your own experience. There is a secret buried in the brain's ancient foundations: bring it into the light and we fathom all the depths of our being.

Publication date: 28/01/2021

£19.99

ISBN: 9781782838425

Imprint: Profile Books

Subject: Science & Mathematics

Reviews for The Hidden Spring

'Truly a remarkable book. It changes everything'

Brian Eno 

'This treatment of consciousness and artificial sentience should be taken very seriously.'

Karl Friston, ranked as the world's most influential neuroscientist 

'Solms' vital work has never ignored the lived, felt experience of human beings. His ideas look a lot like the future to me'

Siri Hustvedt 

'To say this work is encyclopaedic is to diminish its poetic, psychological and theoretical achievement. This is required reading'

Susie Orbach, author In Therapy

'Truly pioneering'

Eric Kandel, Nobel laureate and author The Disordered Mind

'Takes aim at the biggest question there is. Solms will challenge your most basic beliefs'

Matthew Cobb, author The Idea of the Brain

'At last the emperor has found some clothes! For decades, consciousness has been perceived as little more than an illusion. Solms takes a thrilling new approach, grounded in modern neurobiology but finding meaning in a fascinating reconception of the self'

Nick Lane, author Life Ascending

'Solms and his colleagues are making a brilliant, determined, scrupulous, and (one wants to say) tactful endeavour to approach, in a new way, the oldest question of them all - the mysterious relation of body and mind'

Oliver Sacks 

Mark Solms

Mark Solms

Mark Solms has spent his entire career investigating the mysteries of consciousness. Best known for identifying the brain mechanisms of dreaming and for bringing psychoanalytic insights into modern neuroscience, he is director of neuropsychology in the Neuroscience Institute of the University of Cape Town, honorary lecturer in neurosurgery at the Royal London Hospital School of Medicine, and an honorary fellow of the American College of Psychiatrists.