Being a Human Adventures in 40,000 Years of Consciousness
A New Statesman Essential Non-Fiction Book of 2021Being a Human sets out to understand what a human is, inhabiting the sensory worlds of three pivotal moments in our history.In a Derbyshire wood, Charles Foster and his son enter the world of the Upper Palaeolithic, where they learn the old stories of connectivity, of intimate relationship with everything: the stories that work for a world where everything is conscious. From there, he traces the fate of those stories. What happened to them in the Neolithic, when we carved up the natural world, and tamed and fenced ourselves? What happened in the Enlightenment, when the universe was drained of meaning? And can we find our way back to the deepest stories of who and what we are?