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Monday, March 12, 2007

Announcement: The Spiritual Brain: A neuroscientist's case for the existence of the soul

"mohammed" kindly writes to ask what's happening with The Spiritual Brain.

Well, after some consultation, a subtitle has been decided on: A neuroscientist's case for the existence of the soul. I don't think the search 'bots have picked it up yet at Amazon, but when they do, that's what they are supposed to pick up. The thesis is controversial enough, I think ....

I am currently addressing fiddly bits of the proofreading, so now there is nothing left on the authors' side but the index. The shipping date is August 15.

Basically, books are inherently fiddly. I learned why that is so when I was a book editor. Let's say the book has half a million characters (no unusual number). Any one of them can be erroneous and any group can be erroneous in a number of ways and at a number of levels. I am not talking about whether people like what the book says, but whether objectively speaking, there is an error in the presentation. Editing is a wonderful job for an obsessive person, because you will always find something wrong - something that you can actually fix. Or, after publication, something that you can obsess about.

My other blog is the Post-Darwinist, detailing events of interest in the intelligent design controversy.


My previous books are By Design or by Chance? (Augsburg 2004) and Faith@Science.

Toronto-based Canadian journalist Denyse O'Leary (www.designorchance.com) is the author of the multiple award-winning By Design or by Chance? (Augsburg Fortress 2004), an overview of the intelligent design controversy, and of Faith@Science. She was named CBA Canada's Recommended Author of the Year in 2005 and is co-author, with Montreal neuroscientist Mario Beauregard, of the forthcoming The Spiritual Brain (Harper 2007).

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