Phantoms in the Brain Probing the Mysteries of the Human Mind Pdf epub by V.S. Ramachandran



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    Ramachandran is not as touchy feely an author as Oliver Sacks but the pair of them cover the same ground They both

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    Francis Crick—the Crick half of the famous Watson and Crick duo that discovered the structure of DNA—coined a term and used it as the title for his book on the subject called The Astonishing Hypothesis which represents the idea that all human cognition and perception—every emotion belief existential crisis perceived sight so

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    I think this was a good book to read after reading Susan Sontag While Sontag says that the we attribute a disease to our mind and to our attitudes the it betrays our ignorance Ramachandran tries to answer uestions like Can

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    HOLY CRAPThis is the best book about neuroscience and cog sci for a popular audience ever written by someone not named Oliver Sacks Ramachandran is as one of the cover reviews says profoundly sane and has a real sense of what you c

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    Few years back I read Oliver Sacks’ The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Other Clinical Tales and was amazed by the cases presented This book is even astounding; human brain is such a mystery even todayI knew about amputees’ phantom limbs but not to this extent And these are not the only cases one woman did not recognize her arm saying it’s his brother’s; others completely lost perception of the

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    This book is a direct flight into to the Limbo

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    This is a book about psychology neuroscience all the good stuff Ramachandran is delightfully witty and approaches the big and small uestions of psychology and neuroscience with curiosity and eual doses of scepticism and speculation alike One of the truly good things about Phantoms in the Brain is that it is written with humility and humour Ramachandran manages to expound whilst being hilarious and without 'dumbing down' so to speak The b

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    I begin to like Dr Ramachandran Such a remarkable intelligent and humble man someone who would make a nice companion during long campfires The phantom limbs this book famously talks about is well known now But it talks about much than that The brain is after all a complex thing We hardly understand how it ticks and many things that pass on as bogus like clairvoyance are not completely unprovable given the limitations o

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    This is the second book about neuro psychology I've read and it has been an entirely new experience The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat was and reflected in the title as such mainly amusing On the other hand Phantoms in the Brain is as again suggested by the title uite disturbing The first focused on weird cases per se collect

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    THANK GOD My both hemispheres work while typing these Hurray what a book I love all the brain stuffs especially all the weird uite lol cases of patientshow can a person feel that one half of his body is not present or feels like someone's say his friendsbrother how can a person feels pain in his left hand and ye

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REVIEW Õ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ☆ V.S. Ramachandran

Neuroscientist VS Ramachandran is internationally renowned for uncovering answers to the deep and uirky uestions 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 disorder. Ramachandran is not as touchy feely an author as Oliver Sacks but the pair of them cover the same ground They both write about neurological problems the symptoms expressed as behaviour and anecdotes concerned with the people who suffer from them Ramachandran s approach is that of a scientist and doctor first the people he describes are very much patients Sacks is oh look this is interesting maybe even exciting we he and the patient can explore this together They both know their subjects and both are erudite in many different spheres including literature history and philosophy which illuminates their writing and although Ramachandran concentrates uite on the science and both are eually enjoyable and 5 star writersIf you like Sacks you will almost certainly like Ramachandran but he is not as immediately accessible so persevere I look forward to reading from this authorHe had the arrogance of the believer but none of the humility of the deeply religiousBest line so far Doesn t that line just describe so many people who profess great faith and think that and attendance at their house of worship is uite enough They don t actually have to live the spirit if not the practice of it as wellIt was written about a patient experiencing the religious revelations that are a known component of certain types of epilepsy This is where the patient is always convinced he has had a revelation which is sometimes ecstatic Very often they carry this through to the rest of their lives Sometimes every fit will bring ecstatic religious revelations with it which convinces them that this is not a brain malfunction but that the Divine has come to them Dostoevesky had this kind of epilepsy and it was possibly behind his writing of The Idiot

REVIEW Phantoms in the Brain Probing the Mysteries of the Human Mind

Phantoms in the Brain Probing the Mysteries of the Human Mind

S 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 casesA woman paralyzed on the left side of her body who believes she is lifting a tray of drinks with both hands offers a uniue op. Few years back I read Oliver Sacks The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Other Clinical Tales and was amazed by the cases presented This book is even astounding human brain is such a mystery even todayI knew about amputees phantom limbs but not to this extent And these are not the only cases one woman did not recognize her arm saying it s his brother s others completely lost perception of their left part of the body and surroundings Another after a car accident did not recognize his parents saying they look alike but they are imposters and they are not the only ones All these strange behaviors because of minor or not so minor damage to the brainThere are also uite a few experiments done to understand how brain works and how it remaps the body like this one which I saw some time ago fascinating and frightening in the same time human body is such a fragile organism You never know what may happen

REVIEW Õ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ☆ V.S. Ramachandran

Portunity to test Freud's theory of denialA man who insists he is talking with God challenges us to ask Could we be wired for religious experienceA woman who hallucinates cartoon characters illustrates how in a sense we are all hallucinating all the timeDr 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 uestions about consciousness and the se. This is a book about psychology neuroscience all the good stuff Ramachandran is delightfully witty and approaches the big and small uestions of psychology and neuroscience with curiosity and eual doses of scepticism and speculation alike One of the truly good things about Phantoms in the Brain is that it is written with humility and humour Ramachandran manages to expound whilst being hilarious and without dumbing down so to speak The book isn t an overtly serious nature thesis so it follows a rather non stuffy style which is refreshing It mainly consists of anecdotes and cases culled from wide ranging medical literature so it serves as a ground for inuiry into the nature symptoms effects and treatments of the various psychological anomalies The book doesn t shy away from supporting the cases with evidence and providing the necessary scientific context and explanation for the problems at hand I think that s the most crucial thing for any popular science book Science shouldn t be downplayed or given the back seat at the cost of making it easy A popular science book fails if it doesn t bring out the science bit in Because you know it popular science after allWhat I also liked was that every chapter begins with uotes taken from sources as wide as the books of Sherlock Holmes the Vedas and Shakespeare That adds a nice touchBut I think the most important thing I took away when I read this at 16 was the spirit of scientific enuiry and sense of wonder that this book carries with it At the heart of it it s all about trying to understand Life the Universe and Everything And that sense of wonder that joy of scientific discovery is contagious I love science