Being a Human

Adventures in 40,000 Years of Consciousness

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

A New Statesman Essential Non-Fiction Book of 2021

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.

Author bio:

Charles Foster is the author of the New York Times Bestseller Being a Beast, which was longlisted for the Baillie Gifford Prize and the Wainwright Prize, won the 30 million d'amis Prize in France, and is the subject of a forthcoming feature film. In 2016, he won the IgNobel Prize for Biology.

Category: Popular science
ISBN: 9781788167178
Publisher: Profile Books
Imprint: Profile Trade
Pub Date: November 2021
Page Extent: 400
Format: Hard Cover
Subject: Anthropology