Muses, Madmen, and Prophets

Muses, Madmen, and Prophets

Hearing Voices and the Borders of Sanity

Additional Formats
  • ePub
  • ISBN 9781101202128
  • 272 Pages
  • Penguin Books
  • Adult


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.


“Articulate, engaging, and deeply researched.”
-Dr. Jerome Groopman, The Boston Globe

-Peter D. Kramer, The New York Times Book Review

“An eloquent writer.”
-San Francisco Chronicle

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