As modern technology is credited with expanding our access to information, a new book is raising questions about what it’s done to our ability to think for ourselves.
In What the Hell Are the Neurons Up To?, author and University of Georgia Professor Emeritus Graham Collier is providing readers a resource for becoming more informed about human destiny. An organized layout with chapters that serve as distinctive stories, the book tackles the overall mystery and complexity that surrounds human consciousness, ultimately offering readers the tools needed to achieve a broader understanding of their own role in life.
“I’m not saying technology is precisely to blame,” says Collier. “But that an emphasis on the pursuit of material facts alone discourages contemplation – a reflective attitude without which we can have but little sense of who we psychologically are, and without which we cannot hope to unlock the secrets of the natural world.”
Collier, whose education, cultural background and innate curiosity have led him to analyze human purpose, is seeking to give hope to those who have found few answers in their search for life’s meaning. Straying from the typical self-help format, What the Hell Are the Neurons Up To? defines the diversity of consciousness and raises questions about our continuing evolution.
A thought-provoking and enlightening read, the ultimate focus on “how we cope” in the face of the information explosion is applicable to a broad-based audience. Aiming to combat the ease of becoming complacent in our original thoughts and ideas, the approachable layout invites readers to turn off the computer and explore the mind.
Graham Collier is a professor emeritus at the University of Georgia and an associate fellow of Davenport College, Yale University. A survivor of the RAF Bomber Command in World War II, Collier is also an accomplished portrait artist, having painted many of Britain’s famous personalities in the 1940s and ’50s. He has written four other books throughout his career, including Art and the Creative Consciousness, War Night Berlin, Antarctic Odyssey and Form, Space and Vision. A seasoned world traveler, Collier was featured in National Geographic Magazine in 1990.