An Alchemy of Mind: The Marvel and Mystery of the Brain

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Scribner, Oct 4, 2005 - Science - 320 pages
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Does the mind reflect or dictate what the body sees and feels? What is the language of emotion? Is memory a function of our imaginations? Are we all just out of our minds?
In this ambitious and enlightening work, Diane Ackerman combines an artist's eye with a scientist's erudition to illuminate the magic and mysteries of the human brain. With An Alchemy of Mind, she offers an unprecedented exploration of the mental fantasia in which we spend our days. In addition to explaining memory, thought, emotion, dreams, and language acquisition, Ackerman reports on the latest discoveries in neuroscience and addresses such controversial subjects as the effects of trauma, nature versus nurture, and male versus female brains. In prose that is not simply accessible but also beautiful and electric, Ackerman distills the hard, objective truths of science in order to yield vivid, anecdotal explanations about a range of existential questions regarding consciousness and the nature of identity.

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unnamed-2 As Francine Prose wrote, this book is " A love song to the brain." After reading this book, I fell in love with my mind :) In this fascinating book, the author tackles the topic of "mind ... Read full review

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Up there with my favourite all-time nonfiction books. I am so partial to Ackerman's style: the voice of someone genuinely given over to wonder and curiosity, who both finds and shares her joy in the ... Read full review

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Diane Ackerman is a naturalist and poet and the author of ten books of literary nonfiction, including A Natural History of the Senses, A Natural History of Love, and Cultivating Delight. Also the author of six volumes of poetry and several nonfiction children's books, she contributes to The New York Times, Discover, National Geographic, Parade, and many other publications. Ackerman lives in Ithaca, New York.

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