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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ISBN-10:
0393077829
ISBN-13:
9780393077827
Pub. Date:
01/17/2011
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
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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 autism—for which Ramachandran opens a new direction for treatment—gives 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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ISBN-13: 9780393077827
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 01/17/2011
Pages: 357
Sales rank: 840,261
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.50(d)

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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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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