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Muses, Madmen, and Prophets: Hearing Voices and the Borders of Sanity (edition 2008)

by Daniel B. Smith

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Title:Muses, Madmen, and Prophets: Hearing Voices and the Borders of Sanity
Authors:Daniel B. Smith
Info:Penguin (Non-Classics) (2008), Paperback, 272 pages
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Muses, Madmen, and Prophets: Rethinking the History, Science, and Meaning of Auditory Hallucination by Daniel B. Smith

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This book is not very well organized, but is very interesting, and seems to be very well researched. The author makes his baises pretty clear right from the beginning, and then proceeds to give the reader a ton of information. Quite fun. I especially had a good time with the chapters on Socrates and Joan d'Arc as voice-hearers. ( )
  amaraduende | Mar 30, 2013 |
This book was strongly influenced by Julian Jaynes: The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind, and provides an excellent understanding of some of the implications of Jaynes' work.

The author explores the experience of auditory hallucinations (or "hearing voices"), motivated by the stories of his father and grand-father.

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  bodhisattva | Jul 2, 2010 |
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There are two voices, and the first voice says, "Write!" And the second voice says, "For whom?" . . . And the first voice says, "For the dead whom thou didst love." -John Berryman, quoting Kierkegaard, who is in turn quoting Hamann
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To the memory of Leonard Jay Smith (1945-1988)
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In the summer of 1995, when I was seventeen years old, my oldest brother and I self-published a memoir that my grandfather had written over the course of his retirement in West Palm Beach.
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An inquiry into hearing voices-one of humanity's most profound phenomena

Auditory hallucination is one of the most awe-inspiring, terrifying, and ill- understood tricks of which the human psyche is capable. In the age of modern medical science, we have relegated this experience to nothing more than a biological glitch. Yet as Daniel B. Smith puts forth in Muses, Madmen, and Prophets, some of the greatest thinkers, leaders, and prophets in history heard, listened to, and had dialogues with voices inside their heads. In a fascinating quest for understanding, Smith examines the history of this powerful phenomenon, and delivers a ringing defense of the validity of unusual human experiences.

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