A Brief Tour of Human Consciousness: From Imposter Poodles to Purple Numbers

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Pi Press, 2004 - Psychology - 192 pages
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"How can people come to believe that their poodle is an impostor? Or see colors in numbers? Francis Crick, co-discoverer of DNA, said of V. S. Ramachandran's first book, "The patients he describes are fascinating, and his experiments on them are both simple and ingenious." With his unique energy and style Ramachandran now shares his insights into the mind from such everyday human experiences as pain, sight, and the appreciation of beauty to the ultimate philosophical conundrums of consciousness."--BOOK JACKET.

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User Review  - HadriantheBlind - LibraryThing

A quite interesting book, examining the workings of the human brain through deviations from normal function. Voluminous and very helpful endnotes. Need to find more from this author. Read full review

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User Review  - Michael.Xolotl - LibraryThing

Very basic but excellent (necessarily partial) overview; particularly interesting passages about the neurological basis of art, linguistics, and consciousness. Pointless insertions of the author's inconsequential political views (but what's new?). Recommended. Read full review


A Pain in the Brain
Believing Is Seeing
The Artfiil Brain

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V.S. Namachandran is Director of the Center for Brain and Cognition and professor in the Psychology Department and Neurosciences Program at the University of California San Diego, and Adjunct Professor of Biology at the Salk Institute. He is also a fellow of the Neurosciences Institute in La Jolla and a fellow of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Behavioral Sciences at Stanford. Dr. Ramachandran has published over 120 papers in scientific journals (including three invited review articles in Scientific American). He is Editor-in-chief of the Encyclopedia of Human Behaviour and author of the critically acclaimed book Phantoms in the Brain, which has been translated into eight languages.

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