No Ghost in the Machine: Modern Science and the Brain, the Mind and the Soul

William Heinemann, Ltd. 1989 (London), English text 318 pp.

The message of No Ghost in the Machine is as clear as it is controversial: that the idea of the individual soul is mankind's greatest self-delusion. The book presents a startlingly reductionist picture of the mind, and argues that the brain is nothing more than a complex organic machine. In advocating the view that the will is not so much free as individual, it unavoidably brings itself into conflict with both the religious and the legal establishments. The book does not seek merely to provoke, however; rather it shows how modern science suggests that we should revise our attitudes towards those religious and ethical dogmas which are based on the supposed dual existence of body and soul.


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