Overview

The current state of neuroscience poses an intriguing paradox. Lavishly funded and immensely productive-generating thousands of studies published in its learned journals every year- its sophisticated scanning studies with their brightly colored images of the brain ’lighting up’ when thinking, memorizing and perceiving the world have caught the public’s imagination. But there is growing skepticism about its claims to have identified those parts of the brain involved in the higher mental functions of wisdom, love ...
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Overview

The current state of neuroscience poses an intriguing paradox. Lavishly funded and immensely productive-generating thousands of studies published in its learned journals every year- its sophisticated scanning studies with their brightly colored images of the brain ’lighting up’ when thinking, memorizing and perceiving the world have caught the public’s imagination. But there is growing skepticism about its claims to have identified those parts of the brain involved in the higher mental functions of wisdom, love and morality. This analysis of its most recent findings confirm it has indeed profoundly changed our understanding of the relationship between the physical brain and the diverse attributes of the human mind, but in ways quite contrary to those anticipated- to reveal the five cardinal mysteries of subjective experience, memory, free will, the powers of reason and imagination and the sense of ‘self’ that provides profound insights into the exceptionality of the human experience.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940148781202
  • Publisher: emBooks
  • Publication date: 5/1/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 934,468
  • File size: 905 KB

Meet the Author

James Le Fanu is a physician, columnist, social commentator and historian of science and medicine. He was born in 1950 and spent his childhood in Scotland, East Africa, Yugoslavia and Cyprus. He studied the humanities at Ampleforth College before switching to medicine, graduating from Cambridge University and the Royal London Hospital in 1974. He subsequently worked in renal transplant units at the cardiology departments of the Royal Free Hospital and St Mary’s Hospital in London.

For the past twenty years, he has combined medical practice with writing a twice -weekly column for the Sunday Telegraph and Daily Telegraph as well as contributing reviews and articles to The Times, Spectator, Prospect, the Oldie, the British Medical Journal and the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine. His much acclaimed THE RISE AND FALL OF MODERN MEDICINE charts the change

in fortunes of medicine over the past sixty years from the supreme achievements of its twelve definitive moments to its current discontents. His most recent book WHY US? How Science Rediscovered the Mystery of Ourselves investigates a paradox: that major developments in genetics and neuroscience of the past two decades have inadvertently revealed the limits of an exclusively scientific account of the form and attributes of the living world and the exceptionality of the human mind. He has in addition made original contributions to controversies over human embryo experiments, the social and environmental causes of illness and shaken baby syndrome.

James Le Fanu is married to the publisher Judith Annan. He has two children and lives in south London.
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