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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The fast-moving and potentially revolutionary field of cognitive neuroscience counts among its elite Ramachandran (Ctr. for Brain & Cognition, Univ. of California, San Diego), who expounds upon some ... Read full review

Contents

A Pain in the Brain
1
Believing Is Seeing
24
The Artfiil Brain
40
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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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