Exploring the Science of the Mind through Fiction

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ISBN-13: 9781912964048

"A brilliant read!" -- BBC

"Pulled in from the very start!" -- GoodReads review

"Inception (the movie) meets Silicon Valley (AI/HealthTech)" -- Amazon.com review

"Fascinating and mysterious mix of dream, fiction, and reality" -- Amazon.com review

"Original and thought provoking" -- Amazon.co.uk review

"A highly entertaining, imaginative ride that is written cinematically" -- GoodReads review

Why the Science of the Mind?

Science of the Mind

As the convergence of technology and healthcare accelerates, modern science continues to benefit from new data sources, experimentation, and the subsequent insights and conclusions to better understand the body.

The HealthTech industry is already creating measurable impact on physical health, chronic disease prevention & management, and behavioural psychology.   But one area of the body continues to have complicated unresolved questions – the human mind.

Through his fiction writing, Tony is exploring topics such as lucid dreaming, comas, and consciousness.   Disruptive shifts in technology including artificial intelligence will eventually help provide concrete, measurable answers.   But until then, Tony is excited to shine a spotlight on these challenges and create engaging narratives describing potential solutions for what the future may hold in clearing up the mysteries of the science of the mind.

Writing Comatose

What is Lucid Dreaming?

“Exhilarating and intriguing.  Enchanted!”  A good night to the theatre can elicit this reaction for well-crafted stories crafted around rich characters, unexpected plot twists, and engaging dialogue.  Now imagine being able to have this immersive activity while you sleep.  And not just any dreams, but in lucid dreams.  These types of dreams are ones where you are both aware of dreaming and actively controlling yourself.

 

Nearly 70% of all people have experienced a lucid dream at some point in their lives. The term was first defined in 1913 by a Dutch psychiatrist named Fredrik Van Eeden.  But the concept has historical examples in western texts as far back as Aristotle and eastern philosophies dating back thousands of years.

 

Tony’s creativity for Comatose came through his lucid dreams.    He dreamt the end of the story, and then subsequently followed the exploits of the characters through various recurring dreams.   This may sound fantastical, but lucid dreaming has been used by many others in the past to help with creativity and complex problem-solving.

Lucid Dreaming

About Comatose

As featured by the BBC, Comatose follows the lives of four strangers trying to cheat death. On the surface, they appear to have nothing in common. Fernando is a budding scientist in Artificial Intelligence whose honeymoon with Sumire tragically ends with a freak plane accident. Daya is an angry orphan who lost her closest family to a tragic motorcycle accident. Fayçal is the leading medical expert in treating comatose patients. Arnold is a famous Hollywood director suffering from terminal brain cancer. Once they independently uncover a link between lucid dreaming and comas, their lives intersect, leading to unexpected alliances in a race for survival that explains why we really dream.

Comatose publication day

The story continues in Book 2.  In the aftermath of the final climactic battle in Comatose, the survivors face dangerous new challenges.  This novel is an exploration of a hidden inter-dimensional conflict and explores the complex question of ‘what is consciousness?’

 

Tony is finalising the first draft of this manuscript along with book 3 in the trilogy.   Please sign up to his newsletter to receive future updates on this series and other creative fiction and non-fiction works.