The World Behind the World: Consciousness, Free Will, and the Limits of Science

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Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster
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6.3 X 8.6 X 1.4 inches | 0.92 pounds

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About the Author
Erik Hoel received his PhD in neuroscience from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is a research assistant professor at Tufts University and was previously a postdoctoral researcher at Columbia University in the NeuroTechnology Center, and a visiting scholar at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. Hoel is a 2018 Forbes "30 under 30" for his neuroscientific research on consciousness and a Center for Fiction Emerging Writer Fellow. The Revelations is his debut novel. He lives in Massachusetts.
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"Neuroscientist and fiction writer Hoel draws on history, philosophy, mathematics, and neuroscience to examine ways that consciousness has been imagined and investigated." --Kirkus Reviews
Praise for The Revelations:

"A dizzying, impressive debut . . . Fast and furious, this mind-stretching novel makes the grade." --Publishers Weekly

"Hoel's debut is one of the year's most ambitious novels to date, a provocative and weighty exploration of nothing short of human consciousness. . . . The novel is packed full with ideas, debates, scientific inquiry, and language that seems itself to come alive. This is a mystery novel you won't soon forget and the announcement of a major new talent." --CrimeReads

"The Revelations is written in muscular, hypnotic prose, and not unlike its main character, is ambitious and abrasive. It is bursting with ideas, ranging from Greek mythology to the dark realities of animal testing, to some of the biggest unanswered questions facing scientists today." --Brooklyn Digest