The Tell-Tale Brain: A Neuroscientist's Quest for What Makes Us Human
Drawing on strange and thought-provoking case studies, an eminent neurologist offers unprecedented insight into the evolution of the uniquely human brain. V. S. Ramachandran is at the forefront of his field-so much so that Richard Dawkins dubbed him the "Marco Polo of neuroscience." Now, in a major new work, Ramachandran sets his sights on the mystery of human uniqueness. Taking us to the frontiers of neurology, he reveals what baffling and extreme case studies can teach us about normal brain function and how it evolved. Synesthesia becomes a window into the brain mechanisms that make some of us more creative than others. And autismfor which Ramachandran opens a new direction for treatmentgives us a glimpse of the aspect of being human that we understand least: self-awareness. Ramachandran tackles the most exciting and controversial topics in neurology with a storyteller's eye for compelling case studies and a researcher's flair for new approaches to age-old questions. Tracing the strange links between neurology and behavior, this book unveils a wealth of clues into the deepest mysteries of the human brain.
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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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