Facing Reality

Philosophical Adventures by a Brain Scientist

  • John C. Eccles

Part of the Heidelberg Science Library book series (HSL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XI
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    Pages 1-7
  3. John C. Eccles
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  5. John C. Eccles
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  10. John C. Eccles
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  11. Back Matter
    Pages 191-210

About this book


The titling of this book - "Facing Reality" - came to me unbidden, presumably from my subconscious! But, when it came, it seemed to be right, because that essentially is what I am trying to do in this book. " Facing" is to be understood in the sense of "looking at in a steadfast and unflinching manner". It thus contrasts with "Confronting" which has the sense of "looking at with hostility and defiance". As I face life with its joys and its sorrows, its successes and its failures, its peace and its turmoil, my attitude is one of serene acceptance and gratitude and not one of angry and arrogant confrontation and rejection. The other component of the title - "Reality" - is the ultimate reality for each of us as conscious beings - our birth - our self-hood in its long stream of becoming throughout our life - our death and apparent annihilation. This is the Reality that we each of us must face if we are to live and adventure as free and responsible beings and not as mere playthings of chance and circumstance, going through a mean­ ingless farce from birth to death with the search ever for distraction and self-forgetfulness. As a brain scientist I have specialist knowledge of that wonderful part of the body that is alone concerned in the whole Iife-Iong interplay between the conscious self and the extern al world, including other selves.


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Authors and affiliations

  • John C. Eccles
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Physiology, School of Medicine and DentistryState University of New York at BuffaloBuffaloUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag New York 1970
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-0-387-90014-8
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4757-3997-8
  • Series Print ISSN 0073-1595
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