It’s so much worse than you think. It’s so much better than you think.

A mind-blowing philosophy of all and everything, presenting the source and synthesis of metaphysics, science, art, language, sex, gender, character, culture, society, history, self-knowledge, love, death and comedy. Neither optimistic nor pessimistic, neither objective nor subjective, neither theist nor atheist, Self and Unself presents the unfathomable paradox that roots all branches of human thought and activity into a new, radical ground of sweet understanding.

From the  unknown why, to the unknowable what…

  • Why has nobody come anywhere near solving the mysteries of science?
  • Why are philosophers baffled by reality?
  • Why must the mediocre man rely on method?
  • Why do the realest times of our lives feel unreal?
  • Why do great people look like great people?
  • Why do we find masks so terrifying?
  • Why doesn’t the anxious mind get the joke?
  • Why do people almost never suffer for the reasons they think they do?
  • Why does the mind go looking for things to feel bad about?
  • Why do people cling to absurd beliefs?
  • Why did we build this god-awful world?

Self and Unself solves these, and many other mysterious whys, by laying bare the what that lies behind them.

Everything? Yes, Nothing…

Self and Unself solves all meaningful philosophical problems: The easy and hard problems of consciousness, the problem of evil, the nature of morality, what the difference is between the waking world and dreams, what love is and why it appears to be leaving the world, what the self is and what can be known of and by it, what science is and why it can never arrive at the truth, what philosophy is, and why it is so difficult and boring, what art is, and why masterpieces are so often ignored when they appear, and what meaning is, and how fluid pathways of metaphor become totalitarian motorways of cliche.

Self & Unself doesn’t just answer these questions, by providing new information and new ideas, it expresses that which they all have in common, dissolving them into something else. It presents a map of the self and then takes the reader through a new, yet alarmingly recognisable, inner terrain; a linear journey through the dawn of human consciousness, the birth of personality, the history of the world, civilised idolatry, mass brainwashing, virtual madness, the end of the world, the end of hope and the glory of being mortal in a dying society; and a picaresque stroll through the mysteries of metaphysics, character, psychology, pain, addiction, science, language, great art, sex and the ordinary life of ordinary selves.


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