blueberrypye2312, October 18, 2006 (view all comments by blueberrypye2312)
I judged this book by it's cover-the title caught my eye. Once started I had to finish. These little bits and pieces of the mind and how it works are fascinating. It took my mind places it's never been and started a life-long interest in science, Psychology in particular.
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by New York Magazine,
"Dr. Sacks's most absorbing book....His tales are so compelling that many of them serve as eerie metaphors not only for the condition of modern medicine but of modern man."
by John C. Marshall, The New York Times Book Review,
"Insightful, compassionate, moving...the lucidity and power of a gifted writer."
by Clarence E. Olsen, St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
"A provocative introduction to the marvels of the human mind."
by Noel Perrin, Chicago Sun-Times,
"Dr. Sacks's best book....One sees a wise, compassionate and very literate mind at work in these 20 stories, nearly all remarkable, and many the kind that restore one's faith in humanity."
In the tradition of Oliver Sacks, a tour of the latest neuroscience of schizophrenia, autism, Alzheimers disease, ecstatic epilepsy, Cotards syndrome, out-of-body experiences, and other disorders—revealing the awesome power of the human sense of self from a master of science journalism
Anil Ananthaswamys extensive in-depth interviews venture into the lives of individuals who offer perspectives that will change how you think about who you are. These individuals all lost some part of what we think of as our self, but they then offer remarkable, sometimes heart-wrenching insights into what remains. One man cut off his own leg. Another became one with the universe.
We are learning about the self at a level of detail that Descartes (I think therefore I am”) could never have imagined. Recent research into Alzheimers illuminates how memory creates your narrative self by using the same part of your brain for your past as for your future. But wait, those afflicted with Cotards syndrome think they are already dead; in a way, they believe that I think therefore I am not.” Who—or what—can say that? Neuroscience has identified specific regions of the brain that, when they misfire, can cause the self to move back and forth between the body and a doppelgänger, or to leave the body entirely. So where in the brain, or mind, or body, is the self actually located? As Ananthaswamy elegantly reports, neuroscientists themselves now see that the elusive sense of self is both everywhere and nowhere in the human brain.
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