Phantoms in the Brain: Probing the Mysteries of the Human Mind
Neuroscientist V.S. Ramachandran is internationally renowned for uncovering answers to the deep and quirky questions of human nature that few scientists have dared to address. His bold insights about the brain are matched only by the stunning simplicity of his experiments -- using such low-tech tools as cotton swabs, glasses of water and dime-store mirrors. In Phantoms in the Brain, Dr. Ramachandran recounts how his work with patients who have bizarre neurological disorders has shed new light on the deep architecture of the brain, and what these findings tell us about who we are, how we construct our body image, why we laugh or become depressed, why we may believe in God, how we make decisions, deceive ourselves and dream, perhaps even why we're so clever at philosophy, music and art. Some of his most notable cases:
Dr. Ramachandran's inspired medical detective work pushes the boundaries of medicine's last great frontier -- the human mind -- yielding new and provocative insights into the "big questions" about consciousness and the self.
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Review: Phantoms in the Brain: Probing the Mysteries of the Human MindUser Review - Karen - Goodreads
Utterly fascinating, especially the first half. I began to get lost in the second half, but it's always hard to visualize science when listening to an audio book and driving in the rain. Read full review
Review: Phantoms in the Brain: Probing the Mysteries of the Human MindUser Review - Kayla Mcminn - Goodreads
Lovely book, I'm glad it covered smaller questions that other books of the same topic didn't cover as well as the bigger questions about Psychology and neuroscience. I liked all the case studies of the weird patients. Read full review
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