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Raymond Tallis F.Med.Sci.
Academy of Medical Sciences
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, F.R.C.P.
Royal College of Physicians
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, F.R.S.A.
Royal Society of Arts
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 (born 1946 in Liverpool
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) is a British
United Kingdom
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 philosopher, humanist
Secular humanism
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, poet, novelist, cultural critic and retired medical doctor
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Medical career

On leaving Liverpool College, Tallis gained an Open Scholarship to Keble College
Keble College, Oxford
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, University of Oxford
University of Oxford
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 where he completed a degree in Animal Physiology in 1967. He completed his medical degree
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 in 1970 at the University of Oxford and St Thomas' Hospital
St Thomas' Hospital
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 in London. From 1996 to 2000, he was Consultant Adviser in Care of the Elderly to the Chief Medical Officer. In 1999-2000, he was Vice-Chairman of the Stroke Task Force of the Advisory Group developing the National Service Framework for Older People. He has been on the Standing Medical Advisory Committee and the Council of the Royal College of Physicians and was secretary of the Joint Specialist Committee of the Royal College on Health Care of the Elderly between 1995 and 2003. He was a member of the Joint Task Force on Partnership in Medicine Taking, established by the Secretary of State for Health in 2001. For three years he was a member of one of the appraisal panels of the National Institute of Clinical Excellence. He retired in 2006 as Emeritus Professor of Geriatric Medicine at the University of Manchester
University of Manchester
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Philosophical works

Tallis has attacked Post-structuralism
Post-structuralism is a label formulated by American academics to denote the heterogeneous works of a series of French intellectuals who came to international prominence in the 1960s and '70s...

 in books such as Not Saussure, Theorrhoea and After and the assumptions of much artificial intelligence
Artificial intelligence
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 research in his book Why the Mind is Not a Computer: A Pocket Dictionary on Neuromythology. He has also published volumes of poetry, plays and novels. His philosophical writings have attempted to supply an anthropology that acknowledges what is distinctive - and remarkable - about human beings. To this end he has written a trilogy of books entitled The Hand; I Am: A Philosophical Inquiry into First-Person Being; and The Knowing Animal.

In 2007, Raymond Tallis finished Unthinkable Thought: The enduring significance of Parmenides. In April 2008, his book about the human head, The Kingdom of Infinite Space: A Fantastical Journey Around Your Head, was published. His book Michelangelo's Finger: An Exploration of Everyday Transcendence was published in 2010.

Aping Mankind was published in 2011.

Other work

He is on the list of Distinguished Supporters of the British Humanist Association
British Humanist Association
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. Tallis is also a Patron of Dignity in Dying
Dignity in Dying
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. On 15 September 2010, Tallis, along with 54 other public figures, signed an open letter published in The Guardian
The Guardian
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, stating their opposition to Pope Benedict XVI
Pope Benedict XVI
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's state visit to the UK.

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