NICHOLAS KEYNES HUMPHREY
18 Bateman Street, Cambridge, CB2 1NB
Date of birth: 27th March 1943
Visiting Professor of Philosophy, New College of the Humanities
Emeritus School Professor, London School of Economics
Westminster School, 1956-61, (Honorary Scholar, Ellershaw Scholar)
Trinity College, Cambridge, 1961-67, (Open Scholar, Westminster Exhibitioner, Sam Waes Exhibitioner)
B.A., Psychology and Physiology, University of Cambridge, 1964
Ph.D. in Psychology, University of Cambridge, 1968
Demonstrator, Institute of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford, 1967-70
Research Fellow and Lecturer, Corpus Christi College, Oxford, 1968-70
Assistant Director of Research, Sub-Department of Animal Behaviour, University of Cambridge, 1970-82
Fellow and Tutor for Graduates, King's College, Cambridge, 1974-79
Visiting Fellow, Center for Cognitive Studies, Department of Philosophy, Tufts University, 1987-90
Visiting Fellow, Center on Violence and Human Survival, John Jay College, City University of New York, 1988-89
Research Group on Mind and Brain, Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Bielefeld, 1990
Perrott-Warrick Senior Research Fellow, Darwin College, Cambridge, 1992-95
Professor of Psychology, Graduate Faculty, New School for Social Research, New York, 1995 2005
Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Sciences, LSE, 1999-2001
School Professor, London School of Economics, 2001 2008
Guggenheim Museum 2011
Editor of Granta magazine, 1963-64
Journal of Consciousness Studies
Honours and Prizes:
Glaxo Science Writers Prize, 1980
Martin Luther King Memorial Prize, 1985
British Psychological Society Book Award, 1993
Pufendorf Medal, 2011
Two-day conference at the Royal Society of London, to celebrate the 30th anniversary of NHs The Social Function of Intellect (published as Social intelligence: from brain to culture, Phil Trans 2008)
Lister Lecture, British Association for the Advancement of Science, 1977
BBC Bronowski Lecture, 1981
James Arthur Lecture, American Museum of Natural History, 1987
Oxford Amnesty Lecture, 1998
Distinguished Lecture Series, Mind Brain Behavior Initiative, Harvard, 2004
John Damien Lecture, Stirling, 2007.
David Yudilevich Lecture, Santiago 2009
Darwin Lecture, University of Preston, 2011
Pufendorf Lecture Series, University of Lund 2011
Recent invited talks
January 2006. The beauty of consciousness. Sconfinatamente. Rome
April 2006. Cognitive life of things. Cambridge
May 2006. Human handwalkers. Psychology Cambridge
May 2006. Society of Selves. Royal Society, London
June. 2006. Selfhood. Bologna
November. 2006. Choice blindness, Lund
November. 2006. Self. Bologna
December. 2006. Seeing Red. Tilburg
January. 2007. Human handwalkers. Birkbeck, London
March 2007. First person methodologies, San Francisco
May 2007. Society of Selves, Science Festival, Trieste.
September 2007. Necessity of Consciousness. BPS, CEP, Oxford
September 2007. Sapient mind. British Academy, London
September 2007. Necessity of Consciousness. John Damien Lecture, Stirling
October 2007. Future of life. Kyoto
October 2007 Society of Selves. PRI. Inuyama.
December 2007. Beautys Child. Tokyo
January 2008. Necessity of Consciousness. ICC, Belfast
January 2008. Necessity of Consciousness. PCC, LSE
January 2008. Necessity of Consciousness. CU Scientific Society
March 2008. Drawing on consciousness. Newcastle
June 2008. Consciousness. Human Behavior and Evolution Society, Kyoto, keynote
June 2008. Human Behavior and International Security. MIT
September 2008. Autism and talent. Royal Society. London
October 2008. Writing and Consciousness. Wellcome, London
October 2008 Necessity of Consciousness. International Science Festival, Genoa
March 2009 Autism and talent, British Academy, London
March 2009. Belief and Reasons. Cambridge
June 2009. Science and Spirituality. Cortona
September 2009. Evolutionary aesthetics. Santiago.
October 2010. Consciousness, Genoa science festival
November 2010. Consciousness, Placebo effect (two lectures) Univ. Ghent
January 2011. Soul Dust, Univ. Exeter psychology
February 2011. Soul Dust, LSE anthropology
February 2011. Darwin lecture, Univ Preston,
February 2011 Soul Dust, New School for Social Research
March 2011. Consciousness, Rubin Museum, New York
March 2011. Soul Dust, Univ. Cambridge, Psychology
March 2011 Methodist Conference, Cambridge
April 2011. Creativity lecture Keble College, Oxford,
April 2011. Univ Bristol, philosophy weekend, keynote
May 2011 Univ. Lund, philosophy, Pufendorf lectures (four lectures)
May 2011. Soul Dust, Hay Book Festival
June 2011. Soul Dust, Association for Scientific Study of Consciousness, Kyoto, keynote
June 2011. Consciousness, Univ. Bucharest
August 2011. Soul Dust, Edinburgh Book Festival
September 2011. Humanist Society, London
October 2011. Soul Dust, Yale,
October 2011. Public Lecture, Princeton Library
October 2011. Soul Dust, U. Penn, Philadelphia,
October 2011. Natures Hidden Persuaders, Guggenheim Museum, New York
Television Programmes (written and presented)
Four Minutes to Midnight, The BBC Bronowski Memorial Lecture. (A one-hour programme about the psychology of nuclear weapons). BBC2, 1981.
Shakespeare's Sonnets, nos. 56 and 87. (Two 20-minute programmes about the meaning of Shakespeare's poems). Channel 4. 1982.
The Inner Eye (six one-hour programmes about the uses and origins of human consciousness). Channel 4. 1986.
Is There Anybody There? (a one-and-a-half-hour "special documentary" about the psychology of the paranormal). Channel Four. 1987. US Discovery Channel, 1988.
Placebo: Cracking the Code (a scientific exploration of the placebo effect). Discovery Channel 2004.
The Family that Walks on All Fours, (an investigation of a family of human quadrupeds in Turkey) BBC 2, 2006, NOVA 2006. PUBLICATIONS
Consciousness Regained: Chapters in the Development of Mind, Oxford University Press, 1983 [Spanish translation 1989].
Four minutes to midnight The BBC Bronowski Memorial Lecture, BBC Publications, 1981; Menard Press 1982. [German, Greek, Russian translations, 1982].
In a Dark Time, (ed. with R. J. Lifton), Faber & Faber 1984, Harvard University Press 1984.
The Inner Eye, Faber & Faber 1986, Faber Inc 1987, Vintage 1993, Oxford University Press 2002. [Italian and Spanish translations 1992, Japanese 1993, Slovak 2007].
A History of the Mind, Chatto & Windus 1992, Simon & Schuster 1992, Vintage 1993, Copernicus 1999. [Portuguese translation 1995; German 1996; Italian 1998].
Leaps of Faith: Science, Miracles and the Search for Supernatural Consolation, Chatto & Windus 1995, Vintage 1996, Basic Books 1996, Copernicus 1999.
How to Solve the Mind-Body Problem, Imprint Academic, 2000.
The Mind Made Flesh: Essays from the Frontiers of Evolution and Psychology, Oxford University Press, 2002. [Japanese translation 2004]
Seeing Red: a Study in Consciousness. Harvard University Press, 2006 [Japanese translation 2006, Italian 2007, German 2008]
Soul Dust: the Magic of Consciousness. Princeton University Press, 2011, Quercus 2011 [Japanese, Russian, Chinese, Portuguese, Italian, Czech translations forthcoming]
Papers since 1998 (100+ papers 1967-98, including nine first-authored papers in Nature)
Nicholas Humphrey. Left-footedness in peacocks: an emperors tale. Laterality, 3, (1998) p. 289.
Nicholas Humphrey. What shall we tell the children? Oxford Amnesty Lecture. Social Research, 65, (1998), pp. 777-805; also in The Values of Science, ed. Wes Williams,, Oxford: Westview Press (1998), pp 58-79.
Nicholas Humphrey. Cave art, autism and the evolution of the human mind. Cambridge Archaeological Journal, 8, (1998) pp. 165-191; reprinted in Journal of Consciousness Studies, 6, (1999) pp. 116-143.
Nicholas Humphrey. Why grandmothers may need large brains. Psycoloquy, 10(024) (1999).
Nicholas Humphrey. The privatization of sensation. In Toward a Science of Consciousness III, ed. S. R. Hameroff, A.W. Kaszniak, and D. J. Chalmers, Cambridge Ma.: MIT Press (1999) pp. 247-258; also in The Evolution of Cognition, ed. L. Huber and C. Heyes,, Cambridge: MIT Press (2000) pp. 241-252.
Nicholas Humphrey. The power of prayer. Skeptical Inquirer, 24, (2000), p. 61.
Nicholas Humphrey. How to solve the mind-body problem. Journal of Consciousness Studies, 7, (2000), pp.5-20,
Nicholas Humphrey. In reply. Journal of Consciousness Studies, 7, (2000), pp. 98-112.
Nicholas Humphrey. Now you see it, now you dont. Neuro-psychoanalysis, 2, (2000) pp. 14-17.
Nicholas Humphrey. One-self: a meditation on the unity of consciousness. Social Research, 67, (2000), pp. 32-39.
Nicholas Humphrey. Dreaming as play. Behavioral & Brain Sciences , 23, (2000), p. 953.
Nicholas Humphrey. Altered states. Social Research, 68, (2001), pp 585-7.
Nicholas Humphrey. The Deformed Transformed. CPNSS Monograph, DP 55/01, (2001).
Nicholas Humphrey. Doing it my way: sensation, perception - and feeling red. Behavioral & Brain Sciences, 24, (2001), p. 987.
Nicholas Humphrey. Great expectations: the evolutionary psychology of faith-healing and the placebo response. In Psychology at the Turn of the Millennium, Vol. 2: Social, Developmental, and Clinical Perspectives. Edited by Claes von Hofsten & Lars Bäckman. Psychology Press, (2002), pp.225-46.
Nicholas Humphrey. Shamanism and cognitive evolution [Commentary on Michael Winkelman]. Cambridge Archaeological Journal, 12, (2002), pp. 91-3.
Nicholas Humphrey. Dreaming as play. In Sleep and dreaming: Scientific advances and reconsiderations,. Edited by E F Pace-Schott, M.Solms, M.Blagrove, and S.Harnad, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, (2003) p. 164
Nicholas Humphrey. Foreword to Folk Physics for Apes by Daniel J. Povinelli, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003, pp. v-vi.
Nicholas Humphrey. Thinking about feeling. Guest essay in Oxford Companion to the Mind. Edited by R.L.Gregory , Oxford: Oxford University Press, (2004), pp. 213-4 .
Nicholas Humphrey. The placebo effect. In Oxford Companion to the Mind. Edited by R.L.Gregory, Oxford: Oxford University Press, (2004), pp. 735-6.
Nicholas Humphrey. A family affair. In Curious Minds: How a child becomes a scientist. Edited by. John Brockman, New York: Pantheon Books, (2004), pp.3-12.
Nicholas Humphrey. Do babies know what they look like? Doppelgängers and the phenomenology of infancy. In Perspectives on Imitation: From Cognitive Neuroscience to Social Science. Vol. 2. Edited by Susan Hurley and Nick Chater, Cambridge Ma.: MIT Press, (2005), pp. 178-80
Nicholas Humphrey. Prirodni psychologovia [Natural psychologists], Kritika & Kontext, 31 (2005), pp. 23-29.
Nicholas Humphrey, John R Skoyles and Roger Keynes. Human Hand-Walkers: Five Siblings Who Never Stood Up. CPNSS Discussion Paper, DP 77/05 (2005)
Nicholas Humphrey. Consciousness: the Achilles Heel of Darwinism? Thank God, Not Quite. In Intelligent Thought: Science versus the Intelligent Design Movement, ed. John Brockman,New York: Vintage (2006) pp. 50-64
Nicholas Humphrey. Science looks at fairness. Social Research, 73 (2006) pp. 345-7.
Nicholas Humphrey. Killer instinct (Review of Niall Furguson, World of War). Prospect. September (2006).
Nicholas Humphrey. Could vision after recovery from early blindness be blindsight? The Psychologist, 20, 3, (2007) p.139
Nicholas Humphrey. The society of selves. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, 362, (2007) pp. 745-754; also in Social intelligence: from brain to culture, ed. Nathan Emery, Nicola Clayton, Chris Smith, Oxford: Oxford University Press, (2008), pp. 415-430
Nicholas Humphrey. La natura e il valore del colore. Multiverso, n.4, (2007) pp. 3-8
Nicholas Humphrey. Dreaming to learn. In Mind, Life and Universe: Conversations with great scientists of our time., ed. Lynn Margulis & Eduardo Punset, Chelsea Green Publishing, (2007).pp. 140-148
Nicholas Humphrey. Getting the measure of consciousness. In What is Life? The Next 100 Years of Yukawa's Dream. Ed. M. Murase and I. Tsuda, Progress of Theoretical Physics Supplement, 173, (2008) pp. 264-269.
Nicholas Humphrey. Questioning consciousness. Seed Magazine, February (2008.)
Nicholas Humphrey, Stefan Mundlos, and Seval Turkmen. Genes and quadrupedal locomotion in humans. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A, 105(21):E26, May 2008.
S. Türkmen, K. Hoffmann, Osman Demirhan, Defne Aruoba, N. Humphrey, S.Mundlos. Cerebellar hypoplasia, with quadrupedal locomotion, caused by mutations in the very low density lipoprotein receptor (VLDLR) gene. European Journal of Human Genetics 16, (2008), pp. 1070-74.
Nicholas Humphrey. The colour currency of nature. In Colour for Architecture Today. Ed. Tom Porter and Byron Mikellides. London: Taylor and Francis, (2009) pp. 912.
Helen a blind monkey who saw everything. Oxford Companion to Consciousness , ed. Tim Bayne, Axel Cleeremans, Patrick Wilken, (2009) pp. 343-345.
Nicholas Humphrey. Il potere delle parole (Italian translation of What shall we tell the children?. Prometeo, June 2009, pp38-51.
Nicholas Humphrey and Daniel C. Dennett. Parler au nom de nos Soi(s): Une évaluation du trouble de personalité multiple. Terrain, 52,(2009) pp. 18-37
Seval Turkmen, Nicholas Humphrey et al. Mutations of CA8 Cause a Novel Syndrome Characterized by Ataxia and Mild Mental Retardation with Predisposition to Quadrupedal Gait. PLOS Genetics 5(5): e1000487. doi:10.1371/journal.pgen.1000487 (2009).
Nicholas Humphrey. The nature of beauty. Prospect, September,(2010) pp. 62-65,
Nicholas Humphrey. Person as moral scientist. Behavioral & Brain Sciences. 33.4, , (2010) p. 340
Nicholas Humphrey.It takes a thief to catch a thief. Behavioral & Brain Sciences, 34.1. (2011) p. 28,
Emanuele Castano, Nicholas Humphrey, et al. Ideology, fear of death and death anxiety. Political Psychology, 32, (2011) pp. 601-621
Nicholas Humphrey. Introduction to Descartes Discourse and Meditations, Folio Society, (2011)
Nicholas Humphrey. 'This chimp will kick you ass at memory games, but how the hell does he do it?' Trends in Cognitive Science, vol 16, (2012) pp.353- 355
Nicholas Humphrey. and John Skoyles The evolutionary psychology of healing: a human success story. Current Biology, Sept 10, vol 22. no. 17 (2012)
Nicholas Humphrey. In a dark time. Clios Psyche, September 2012 pp 163-165