In Chapter 4 of the Tannhauser Gate the family arrive in Boston for a surprise, and the first encounter between Johs and the main character, who are departing on the scientific adventure together…
“I sat in the back of Johs’ car with Vic on the drive towards campus. Anne and Josh were chatting away in the front seats. The talk flowed seamlessly. I smiled as I looked out the window. They met a few times during our video calls and seemed to get along well. It calmed me. I knew I would work a lot during our stay, and although Anne and I had made an explicit agreement about this, it was top of my mind to ensure that she and Vic had a good base so I could focus on the work ahead.”
In Chapter 4 of the Tannhauser Gate, our main character arrives in Boston with his family to spend the next half year doing research with the famous, and notorious Professor McAllan.
“We touched ground in Boston at dusk. The last surviving beams from the dying sunset cast its red and orange figments on the windowsill of the plane. Vic observed the swirling constellations dancing before him and tried to grasp them with his hand while rubbing the morning dew from his eyes with the other. Here and there, ice on the pavement of the runway witnessed the end of a frosty clear day and the coming of a blisteringly cold night.”
Seeking answers to our existence is innate to human nature — what is the purpose of our lives, why are we here? Across cultures and time, governing and opposing institutions have competed to console these existential questions for us.
Today, Science holds a prominent position to this ened, reporting discoveries at an unprecedented rate. While the last frontier of neuroscience, the nature of human consciousness, poses significant challenges to uncover, its impact will expectedly change our understanding and the way we live dramatically.
The novel The Tannhauser Gate explores this intersection. It takes its outset in a peculiar problem of human consciousness that, when resolved, has unparalleled potential and consequences on what it means to be human.
Despite exponential progress in most branches of brain research these years, little to no progress is made in understanding the most distinguishing faculty of the human brain — consciousness.
What is the experience of red like?
We have uncovered most pathways describing how sensations come about, even emotions and memories associated with them. But we cannot say very much about the experience of our sensation, the phenomenological interpretation we have of the world.
Essentially, this interpretation is what makes us all unique, but also all alike.
The Tannhauser Gate is a futuristic drama that explores this intersection that brain research yet is to make substantial progress in, which may not be that far away. And which may have an unparalleled impact on how we exploit knowledge about the human brain in the way we choose to live and govern society.