From the reviews:
"The brain can be studied and described on many levels, from the recording of a single cell to the subjective experience of complex behaviors. This book explores and integrates these different levels of study and communication to provide a novel survey of the human mind. … The intended readers include neuroscientists, psychologists, psychiatrists, and anyone else interested in the human mind. … There are a good number of figures and illustrations. … is a story well worth reading with enticing case studies as the finale." (Christopher J. Graver, Doody’s Review Service, August, 2008)
"Dr. Sanguineti writes in his introduction to The Rosetta Stone of the Human Mind: Three Languages to Integrate Neurobiology and Psychology that, "...this book has to be taken for what it really is: an admittedly naive exercise in the integration of the different approaches used to probe the mystery of the mind" (p. xxiii). Put less humbly, the book is a cogent set of working papers that synthesize physics and mathematics, neurobiology and psychology as each relates to understanding the concepts such as consciousness, the unconscious, knowledge representation, and emotion."
"Among the most powerful demonstrations of this position is a retelling of the myth
of Psyche as an illustration, "...which represents the creative expression of inner mental states in ways that are otherwise equaled by modern, rationalistic thinking" (p. 27). Against this backdrop, Dr. Sanguineti demonstrates the inadequacy of objective science in capturing inherently subjective concepts such as ego, self, and consciousness. This call for a redirection of the science to subjective mental phenomena is a provocative suggestion. However, the gold in the book is the honest attempt, evidenced in part by the significant number of footnotes, to synthesize complex and seemingly disparate ideas. "
(Jacob Kean, P.h.D., Journal of Neuropsychiatry & Clinical Studies, August 2008)
"The book is a cogent set of working papers that synthesize physics and mathematics, neurobiology and psychology … . The incredible breadth of material covered in the book is akin to a lively graduate seminar and, as such, may be of interest to scholars and clinicians alike. … Dr. Sanguineti’s adroit synthesis forces reflection on science and therapy of the human psyche in a way that is widely accessible and, for that reason, fills a void that exists in many current discussions of these issues." (Jacob Kean, Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience, Vol. 20, August, 2008)
Reviewer: Christopher J Graver, PhD, ABPP-CN(Madigan Healthcare System)
Description: The brain can be studied and described on many levels, from the recording of a single cell to the subjective experience of complex behaviors. This book explores and integrates these different levels of study and communication to provide a novel survey of the human mind.
Purpose: The purpose is to elaborate, integrate, and clarify the three main languages relevant to the human mind: mathematical/physical, objective neurobiological, and subjective psychological experience.
Audience: The intended readers include neuroscientists, psychologists, psychiatrists, and anyone else interested in the human mind. The author has a record of steady scholarly activities and international outreach.
Features: A captivating brief history of the Rosetta Stone inaugurates this book. An introduction to the history and evolution of neurobiology, especially in terms of the dynamics of the human mind and psyche, follows. The book takes on a historical, cultural, and personal tenor in early chapters. The middles chapters truly begin to integrate neurobiological understanding with subjective experience as it relates to basic concepts, such as consciousness, unconsciousness, information storage, and affectivity. The last section includes very human and practical examples that illustrate the struggles of neurobiological study. The author's descriptions provide a poetic narrative. Color pictures from human history and natural evolution illustrate key points. There are a good number of figures and illustrations. Although there are not many references and they are not entirely current, the intention of this book does not necessarily require the latest scientific study.
Assessment: Dr. Sanguineti has compiled a truly integrated book on the objective and subjective languages of neurobiology. He communicates the complexities of the human mind in an elegant and lyrical manner that is reminiscent of the passionate writing of Damasio, Ramachandran, or Sacks. This is a story well worth reading with enticing case studies as the finale.