Muses, Madmen, and Prophets by DanielB. Smith
Rethinking the History, Science, and Meaning of Auditory Hallucination

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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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Daniel B. Smith is a New York-based journalist and author. His work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, Granta, and n+1.
Published March 22, 2007 by Penguin Books. 272 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Professional & Technical, History. Non-fiction

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He wore headphones and played a tape entitled “Training and Simulated Experience of Hearing Voices That Are Distressing.” He attended the 2003 annual meeting of the Hearing Voices Network in Manchester, England.

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FROM age 13, Daniel Smith’s father heard voices — inner instructions to move a glass across the table or to use this subway turnstile rather than that one.

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