What is consciousness? Is the mind a machine? What makes each of us a person? How do our bodies relate to our minds? In this deeply engaging exploration of what it means to be human, Rowan Williams addresses such questions with lucid meditations that draw on insights from neuroscience, philosophy, psychology, and literature. He then probes the relation of faith to human flourishing and shows how a traditional Christian practice-namely, silence-can help us realize our fullest human potential. Book jacket.