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The Kingdom of Infinite Space By Professor Raymond Tallis

The Kingdom of Infinite Space
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The Kingdom of Infinite Space: A Portrait of Your Head by Professor Raymond Tallis

In this pathbreaking book, one of Britain s most eloquent and original thinkers writes about the head, what happens in it, and how it is and is not connected to our sense of identity and consciousness. Blending science, philosophy, and humor, Raymond Tallis examines the extraordinarily complex relationship we have with our heads. His aim, as he says, is to turn readers into astonished tourists of the piece of the world that is closest to them, so they never again take for granted the head that looks at them from the mirror. Readers will delight that this is precisely what he accomplishes.The voyage begins with a meditation on the self-portrait of a mirror image, followed by a consideration of the head s various secretions. Tallis contemplates the air we exhale; the subtle meanings of nods, winks, and smiles; the mysteries of hearing, taste, and smell. He discusses the metaphysics of the gaze, the meaning of kissing, and the processes by which the head comes to understand the world. Along the way he offers intriguing digressions on such notions as having and using one s head, and enjoying and suffering it. Tallis concludes with his thoughts on the very thing the reader s head has been doing throughout the book: thinking."

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The Kingdom of Infinite Space Reviews


"Tallis is a literary dandy of dazzling, almost narcissistic proportions, but he is also one of the most prolific and serious essayists of our time."--John Cornwell, "Literary Review
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--John Cornwell "Literary Review "
"This is a most unusual and an unusually enjoyable book. As the author promises it is a rich feast of digressions. Tallis attacks his varied topics with unflinching straightforwardness and honesty, leavened by considerable humor."--Adam Zeman, author of "Portrait of the Brain"
--Adam Zeman
"Tallis is extremely erudite, writes very well, and mixes his medical knowledge with allusions to writers and poets. I would not have believed it possible to write a book about the head without focusing mostly on the brain, but that is exactly what he has done. And, it is remarkably engaging."--E. Fuller Torrey, M.D., author of "Surviving Prostate Cancer"
--E. Fuller Torrey, M.D.
"With playful puns and allusions, occasional Joycean fuges and personal digressions, Tallis reflects on the social, cultural and emotional meanings of every aspect of a head's appearance, secretions and actions, his elegant prose makes the mundane extraordinary."--Chris McManus, "Times Higher Education "
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--Chris McManus "Times Higher Education "
"Ray Tallis is one of the hidden treasures of British intellectual life. . . . The Kingdom of Infinite Space is a book to make you laugh, cry, yawn. It might even make you use your brain."--Kenan Malik, "Sunday Telegraph"
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"--Kenan Malik"Daily Telegraph" (05/09/2008)
"Reminds us of the glory of human beings."--Jane O'Grady, "Guardian"
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--Jane O Grady "Guardian ""
Tallis is extremely erudite, writes very well, and mixes his medical knowledge with allusions to writers and poets. I would not have believed it possible to write a book about the head without focusing mostly on the brain, but that is exactly what he has done. And, it is remarkably engaging. E. Fuller Torrey, M.D., author of "Surviving Prostate Cancer"
--E. Fuller Torrey, M.D."
This is a most unusual and an unusually enjoyable book. As the author promises it is a rich feast of digressions. Tallis attacks his varied topics with unflinching straightforwardness and honesty, leavened by considerable humor. Adam Zeman, author of "Portrait of the Brain"
--Adam Zeman"
Ray Tallis is one of the hidden treasures of British intellectual life. . . . The Kingdom of Infinite Space is a book to make you laugh, cry, yawn. It might even make you use your brain. Kenan Malik, "Sunday Telegraph"
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"--Kenan Malik"Daily Telegraph" (05/09/2008)"
Tallis is a literary dandy of dazzling, almost narcissistic proportions, but he is also one of the most prolific and serious essayists of our time. John Cornwell, "Literary Review
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--John Cornwell "Literary Review ""
With playful puns and allusions, occasional Joycean fuges and personal digressions, Tallis reflects on the social, cultural and emotional meanings of every aspect of a head s appearance, secretions and actions, his elegant prose makes the mundane extraordinary. Chris McManus, "Times Higher Education "
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--Chris McManus "Times Higher Education ""
"Reminds us of the glory of human beings." Jane O Grady, "Guardian"
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--Jane O Grady "Guardian ""
"A sparkling tour of our senses and the way in which we are embodied . . . make the world seem a more interesting place and life that much more important. Nicholas Fearn, "Independent "
--Nicholas Fearn "Independent ""

About Professor Raymond Tallis


Raymond Tallis is emeritus professor of geriatric medicine, University of Manchester, UK. As a poet, novelist, and philosopher, he has explored consciousness, language, and what is distinctive about human beings. His recent books include "The Hand"; "I Am"; "The Knowing Animal"; and "The Enduring Significance of Parmenides: Unthinkable Thought." He lives in Cheshire, UK.

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GOR005544577
The Kingdom of Infinite Space: A Portrait of Your Head by Professor Raymond Tallis
Professor Raymond Tallis
Used - Very Good
Hardback
Yale University Press
2008-09-01
0300142226
9780300142228
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