The Tell-Tale Brain: A Neuroscientist's Quest for What Makes Us Human
"A profoundly intriguing and compelling guide to the intricacies of the human brain." Oliver SacksIn this landmark work, V. S. Ramachandran investigates strange, unforgettable casesfrom patients who believe they are dead to sufferers of phantom limb syndrome. With a storyteller’s eye for compelling case studies and a researcher’s flair for new approaches to age-old questions, Ramachandran tackles the most exciting and controversial topics in brain science, including language, creativity, and consciousness.
V. S. Ramachandran is the director of the Center for Brain and Cognition at the University of California, San Diego, and the author of A Brief Tour of Human Consciousness.
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Table of Contents
Introduction No Mere Ape 3
Chapter 1 Phantom Limbs and Plastic Brains 24
Chapter 2 Seeing and Knowing 41
Chapter 3 Loud Colors and Hot Babes: Synesthesia 75
Chapter 4 The Neurons that Shaped Civilization 117
Chapter 5 Where is Steven? The Riddle of Autism 136
Chapter 6 The Power of Babble: The Evolution of Language 153
Chapter 7 Beauty and the Brain: The Emergence of Aesthetics 192
Chapter 8 The Artful Brain: Universal Laws 218
Chapter 9 An Ape With a Soul: How Introspection Evolved 245
Illustration Credits 340
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"Ramachandran produces an exhilarating and at times funny text that invites discussion and experimentation." -Kirkus
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More than 1 year ago
I have not finished reading this book, but at the 75% moment I can report that if you liked "Phantoms in the Brain", you will like this book. If you are a professional philosopher, you will feel that Ramachandran is encroaching on your field. Too bad for you, and great for the rest of us. At least his propositions may be testable.
More than 1 year ago
I have to read this book for my philosophy and neuroscience class, and I am thoroughly disappointed. Ramachandran spends half of each chapter either repeating what he's already said, complimenting himself on his accomplishments, and going off on tangents. The "stories" are interesting but can be found in much more comprehensive and well-written books. I would not recommend.
More than 1 year ago
I read as much as I can about the brain and Ramachandran's books are among my favorites.
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