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The Hard Problem

Tom Stoppard

A powerful interrogation of consciousness and psychology from the highly-acclaimed playwright behind Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead and Arcadia.

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Paperback
ISBN
9780571355501
Date Published
07.02.2019
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Summary

Above all don’t use the word good as though it meant something in evolutionary science.

Hilary, a young psychology researcher at a brain-science institute, is nursing a private sorrow and a troubling question at work, where psychology and biology meet. If there is nothing but matter, what is consciousness?

This is ‘the hard problem’ which puts Hilary at odds with her colleagues who include her first mentor Spike, her boss Leo and the billionaire founder of the institute, Jerry.

Is the day coming when the computer and the fMRI scanner will answer all the questions psychology can ask? Meanwhile Hilary needs a miracle, and she is prepared to pray for one.

The Hard Problem by Tom Stoppard premiered at the National Theatre, London, in January 2015.

TomStoppard

Tom Stoppard’s work includes Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, The Real Inspector Hound, Jumpers, Travesties, Night and Day, Every Good Boy Deserves Favour, After Magritte, Dirty Linen, The Real Thing, Hapgood, Arcadia, Indian Ink, The Invention of Love, the trilogy The Coast of Utopia, Rock ’n’ Roll, The Hard Problem and Leopoldstadt.His radio plays include If You’re Glad I’ll Be…

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