ISBN-10:
0393340627
ISBN-13:
9780393340624
Pub. Date:
01/23/2012
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
The Tell-Tale Brain: A Neuroscientist's Quest for What Makes Us Human

The Tell-Tale Brain: A Neuroscientist's Quest for What Makes Us Human

by V. S. Ramachandran

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Overview

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 cases—from 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.

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ISBN-13: 9780393340624
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 01/23/2012
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 215,454
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

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.

David Drummond has narrated over seventy audiobooks for Tantor, in genres ranging from current political commentary to historical nonfiction, from fantasy to military, and from thrillers to humor. He has garnered multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards as well as an Audie Award nomination. Visit him at drummondvoice.com.

Table of Contents

Preface xi

Acknowledgments xxiii

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

Epilogue 289

Glossary 294

Notes 306

Bibliography 327

Illustration Credits 340

Index 342

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"Ramachandran produces an exhilarating and at times funny text that invites discussion and experimentation." —-Kirkus

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The Tell-Tale Brain: A Neuroscientist's Quest for What Makes Us Human 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
BobNY 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.
Anonymous 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.
SharynR 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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