An Alchemy of Mind: The Marvel and Mystery of the Brain

An Alchemy of Mind: The Marvel and Mystery of the Brain

by Diane Ackerman
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An Alchemy of Mind: The Marvel and Mystery of the Brain by Diane Ackerman

Does the mind reflect or dictate what the body sees and feels? What is the language of emotion? Is memory a function of our imaginations? Are we all just out of our minds?
In this ambitious and enlightening work, Diane Ackerman combines an artist's eye with a scientist's erudition to illuminate the magic and mysteries of the human brain. With An Alchemy of Mind, she offers an unprecedented exploration of the mental fantasia in which we spend our days. In addition to explaining memory, thought, emotion, dreams, and language acquisition, Ackerman reports on the latest discoveries in neuroscience and addresses such controversial subjects as the effects of trauma, nature versus nurture, and male versus female brains. In prose that is not simply accessible but also beautiful and electric, Ackerman distills the hard, objective truths of science in order to yield vivid, anecdotal explanations about a range of existential questions regarding consciousness and the nature of identity.

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ISBN-13: 9780743246743
Publisher: Scribner
Publication date: 09/27/2005
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 571,008
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.44(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Diane Ackerman is a naturalist and poet and the author of ten books of literary nonfiction, including A Natural History of the Senses, A Natural History of Love, and Cultivating Delight. Also the author of six volumes of poetry and several nonfiction children's books, she contributes to The New York Times, Discover, National Geographic, Parade, and many other publications. Ackerman lives in Ithaca, New York.

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I loved this book. The poetic descriptions along side the information for me was fascinating.
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I found this foray into the inner workings of the human mind to be both lyrical and technical in style. Though it had moments of pretentiousness, it was an intriguing read on the whole.