Zoltan Torey
Biography & Resources


Zoltan Torey was born in Budapest, Hungary, in 1929. Matriculating in 1948, he escaped from Soviet-dominated Hungary and emigrated to Australia.

Enrolled in the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Sydney, he met with an accident halfway through his second year and lost his sight. After unsuccessful eye operations, he returned to the University of Sydney in 1956 and enrolled in the Faculty of Arts and in 1955 gained an honors degree in psychology with philosophy as the second major.

Working as a consultant psychologist, he began his research into the brain-mind-consciousness problem. His neuroscience-based interdisciplinary work, The Crucible of Consciousness, was first published by Oxford University Press in 1999.

Encouraged by the eminent New York neurologist and author Dr. Oliver Sacks, Zoltan Torey wrote his memoir, Out of Darkness, which was published by Picador (Pan MacMillan) in 2003. The book includes a foreword by Dr. Sacks, who also wrote about Torey's unusually successful adjustment to blindness and power of visualization in an article in the July 2003 issue of The New Yorker.

Both his books have been translated and released in Hungary. He writes science-based radio talks and articles, and has been a guest speaker on many occasions, including events at Queensland University, the Sydney Writers' Festival, the Neuroscience Faculty of the University of Budapest, and the Center for Consciousness Studies in Tucson, Arizona, where he was the keynote speaker of the 2004 biennial conference. A second edition of The Crucible of Consciousness, with a foreword by Professor D.C. Dennett, is scheduled for worldwide release by MIT Press in the Fall of 2006.

Zoltan Torey lives in Newcastle, N.S.W., Australia.

selected books

Out of Darkness
(Pan Macmillan Australia, 2004)

The Crucible of Consciousness : A Personal Exploration of the Conscious Mind
(Oxford University Press, 1999)
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articles & interviews

Articles & interviews in EnlightenNext magazine

The World I Built from Darkness