The Strange, Familiar and Forgotten: An Anatomy of Consciousness

The Strange, Familiar and Forgotten: An Anatomy of Consciousness

by Israel Rosenfield

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Relating startling case studies in neuroscience and psychology, Rosenfield overturns many received ideas about memory, thought and the structure of consciousness. (Apr.)
Library Journal
In a series of remarkable essays, Rosenfield addresses the question of consciousness and the manner in which the brain acquires and processes knowledge. Differing with the classic neurologic theories, he postulates that ``conscious perception is temporal.'' Both the dimensions of time and space are essential to human consciousness and thus our perceptions constantly change--a critical difference from ``artificial intelligence,'' for example. He explains how memory is related to consciousness and how individuals use their body images as a point of reference in processing stimuli. By citing unusual examples of neurologic impairment, he hypothesizes how the normal brain functions. The acquisition of language is another topic he outlines in an original yet convincing manner. His approach is challenging, controversial, and stimulating.-- Carol R. Glatt, VA Medical Ctr. Lib., Philadelphia
School Library Journal
YA-- This well-written and informative monograph utilizes clinical research of disabled individuals to build a very strong case for Rosenfield's opinion that consciousness is the major function of the brain. Students of psychology will appreciate the variety of primary-source information included, as well as the concise discussion of the history of thought and theory on this topic. The book is an interesting resource that will guide more serious students into new areas of thought and reflection. In addition, its substantial catalog of notes is an excellent reference guide. Students of both the natural and the behavioral sciences will be able to glean information and perspective from exposure to this type of work. This very fine work is also a ``must read'' for AP psychology students. Most high-school libraries will want to consider it for purchase.-- Nancy K. Craig, Robert E. Lee High School, Springfield, VA

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Knopf Publishing Group
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1st Vintage Books ed
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5.21(w) x 7.99(h) x 0.54(d)

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