“Can’t You Hear Them? The Science and Significance of Hearing Voices” : Important New book

The experience of ‘hearing voices’, once associated with lofty prophetic communications, has fallen low. Today, the experience is typically portrayed as an unambiguous harbinger of madness caused by a broken brain, an unbalanced mind, biology gone wild. Yet an alternative account, forged predominantly by people who hear voices themselves, argues that hearing voices is an understandable response to traumatic life-events. There is an urgent need to overcome the tensions between these two ways of understanding ‘voice hearing’. Simon McCarthy-Jones considers neuroscience, genetics, religion, history, politics and not least the experiences of many voice hearers themselves. This enables him to challenge established and seemingly contradictory understandings and to create a joined-up explanation of voice hearing that is based on evidence rather than ideology.
Reviews
“An engaging enquiry into the psychology and neuroscience of voice hearing that explores hallucinated voices in all their fascinating forms.” Vaughan Bell, University College London, UK

“A remarkable book about voice-hearing,which provides an accessible account of the science,but does not lose track of the meaning of the experience. It is compassionate, controversial and compelling.” Chris Cook, Professor of Spirituality, Theology and Health at Durham University, UK

“On finishing this book my initial instinct was to re-read it in order to appreciate its insights for a second time, Can’t You Hear Them? is not only a work of impressive scholarship but a compelling, beautifully-written story of human experience and endeavour.” Dr. Eleanor Longden, Psychosis Research Unit, Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust,UK

“With rigorous science, penetrating analyses, colourful and enjoyable prose, and an astonishing breadth of knowledge – Simon McCarthy-Jones has delivered a book that will undeniably be appreciated by many.”Frank Laroi, University of Bergen, Norway and University of Liege, Belgium

“A brilliant and thoughtful travel into the complex experience of hearing voices. Superbly written,with intelligence, but also a delightful sense of humour, this book will become an indispensable addition to the bookshelves of clinicians, scientists and people who hear voices.” Renaud Jardri, MD, PhD, Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Lille, France

“Can’t You Hear Them ? The Science and Significance of Hearing Voices” is an excellent, important, intellectually mature and beautifully written book about voice hearing and science. It is not without humour. Simon McCarthy-Jones is a courageous and able researcher and communicator who rightly deserves significant success and recognition as a writer and academic in the field of health and progress.” Hywel Davies, Chairman : Hearing Voices Network Cymru, Wales

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