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Dream Life
Author: J. Allan Hobson

ISBN: 9780262015325
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 312
Published: 3 March 2011
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24 x 3.18

J. Allan Hobson's scientific experimentation began inchildhod, with a soot-filled investigation into the capacity of a chimney toadmit Santa Claus. (He discovered that even with the damper open the chimneywas far too narrow.) Hobson's life as an experimentalist has continuedthrough a pioneering career devoted to aligning psychology and biology and toinvestigating the relationship of dreaming and consciousness. In Dream Life,Hobson conducts an experimental investigation into his life and work. Hobsoncharts his developing consciousness through a vividly imagined conception (inOctober of 1932), birth, and babyhood, offering a theory about "protoconsciousness"in fetuses and infants. He recounts his youthful zeal for scientific discovery,his early sexual experimentation, and his education. He describes taking on theentrenched Freudians at Harvard Medical School in the 1950s, as a maverickpsychiatrist who wanted to replace psychoanalysis with biological science. Hedescribes his further studi...

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