Part 1: Analyses Prefatory Note 1. Seeing and Believing 2. Where is that Itch? Philosophy from Scratch 3. Knowledge and the Subjective Qualities of Experience 4. Does Rover Believe Anything? 5. Draining the River and Quivering the Arrow: Against the Flow and Direction of Time 6. Mistaking Mathematics for Reality: Where Zeno Went Wrong and So Many Followed 7. Could the Universe (Even) Give a Toss? 8. Causes as (Local) Oomph Part 2: Tetchy Interludes Prefatory Note 9. The Shocking Yawn: Art up its Arse 10. The Fight Against (e.g. my) Stupidity 11. Colonic Material of a Taurine Provenance 12. Mission Drift Part 3: Celebrations Prefatory Note 13. Ante-Room: On Waiting 14. Voices - from a distance 15. Two Fragments of Sculptured Air: Aaarh and Oops! 16. Lexical Snacks 17. "Honestly, the World's gone Quite Mad" 18. The Librarian's Voice 19. Against the Promethean Libel 20. Re-imagining the wheel 21. Sail 22. Mad artefacts 23. A Can of Beans Coda: Ink - the artefact of artefacts. Envoi: Justifying the Search. Index
Raymond Tallis trained as a doctor before going on to become Professor of Geriatric Medicine at the University of Manchester, UK. He was elected Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences for his research in clinical neuroscience. He retired from medicine in 2006 to become a full-time writer. He has published fiction, poetry and over a dozen books of cultural criticism and philosophical anthropology including, most recently, Aping Mankind (2011). He has published two other collections of essays with Acumen, In Defence of Wonder (2012) and Reflections of a Metaphysical Flaneur (2013).