As philosophers seek to take on board the findings of scientists about the mysteries of the world, the "big questions" of life - purpose, the mind, physical nature - become tied together. In an attempt to reduce the confusion produced by this crossover of ideas, this text is a layperson's guide to modern thought, providing a basis for understanding more advanced works. No assumptions are made about the reader's level of education; concepts are explained and arguments introduced, the reasoning and research are followed before conclusions are made.
Hector C. Parr was educated at Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School, Darlington, and Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. For many years he taught Mathematics and Computing. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists and an audio engineer in his spare time.