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THE TELL- TALE BRAIN (English)

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A fascinating journey into the human brain by a leading neuroscientist

The brain remains a mystery to us. How can a three-pound mass of jelly that can fit in our palm imagine angels, contemplate the meaning of infinity, and even question its own place in the cosmos? Renowned neuroscientist Prof. V.S. Ramachandran takes us on a fascinating journey into the human brain by studying patients who exhibit bizarre symptoms and using them to understand the functions of a normal brain.

Along the way he asks big questions:
How did abstract thinking evolve?
What is art?
Why do we laugh?
How are these hardwired into the neural mechanisms of the human brain, and why did they evolve?

Brilliant, lucid, and utterly compelling, The Tell-Tale Brain is a path- breaking book from one of the leading neuroscientists.

About The Author
V.S. Ramachandran is the Director of the Center for Brain and Cognition, Professor in the Psychology Department and Neurosciences Programme at the University of California, San Diego, and Adjunct Professor of Biology at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies. He has also been elected to fellowships at All Souls College, Oxford, and the Royal Institution, London (which also awarded him the Henry Dale Medal), and has received the Padma Bhushan. Newsweek named him a member of ?The Century Club?, and one of the ?one hundred most prominent people to watch? in the twenty-first century.
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Author V. S. Ramachandran
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Publisher Vintage Books
Publication Year 2012
ISBN-13 9788184002072
ISBN-10 8184002076
Language English
Binding Paperback
Number of Pages 536 Pages
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Story of our Brain

VS Rama Chandran a neuroscientist attempts to unravel the mystery of human mind in this book. His methods of investigation are ???low-tech??? as he emphasises in the preface. He is enamoured of Sherlock Holmes and follows his mystery solving techniques in his clinical investigations. As a clinician he sees many patients suffering from various disabilities and having lesions in different brain regions. From study of such patients he surmises what function a specific area of brain performs. Some of these patients also have other coexistent disabilities which are discovered coincidentally duri... ()

VS Rama Chandran a neuroscientist attempts to unravel the mystery of human mind in this book. His methods of investigation are ???low-tech??? as he emphasises in the preface. He is enamoured of Sherlock Holmes and follows his mystery solving techniques in his clinical investigations. As a clinician he sees many patients suffering from various disabilities and having lesions in different brain regions. From study of such patients he surmises what function a specific area of brain performs. Some of these patients also have other coexistent disabilities which are discovered coincidentally duri...
VS Rama Chandran a neuroscientist attempts to unravel the mystery of human mind in this book. His methods of investigation are ???low-tech??? as he emphasises in the preface. He is enamoured of Sherlock Holmes and follows his mystery solving techniques in his clinical investigations. As a clinician he sees many patients suffering from various disabilities and having lesions in different brain regions. From study of such patients he surmises what function a specific area of brain performs. Some of these patients also have other coexistent disabilities which are discovered coincidentally during clinical examination. These provide clues to the varied roles a single area of brain plays in human beings. A consistent thread runs through all the chapters, i.e. Ramachandran???s attempt to explain various facts of human behaviour and psyche in light of evolution.
Ramachandran begins the book with his experiments with patients suffering from Phantom Limbs and introduces some ingenious experiments he devised to study and treat such patients. In a chapter he attempts to describe the essential difference between seeing and observing. Whole book is riddled with hair raising case studies, bizarre and unbelievable, but his explanations for these phenomena seem plausible, though some read more like speculations. He devotes a complete chapter to synaesthesia, a disorder where patients perceives something in a sense besides the sense being stimulated, like different coloured numbers, different and vivid emotions in musical notes etc. Through these Ramachandran attempts to explain evolution of human capability of metaphor formation. He explains ???Mirror Neurons??? which give us the unique human capability of empathy. His various experiences with autistic patients are recounted in a chapter and he has some new explanations to offer for this baffling disorder. He also talks on length about the most human of our characteristic, the speech and speculates how syntax, lexicon and semantics, the essential features of speech may have evolved. In two big chapters he largely and freely speculates about human capability to appreciate art and aesthetics. I found these chapters a little astray in this book as if Ramachandran, fond of his theories on these subjects wants to accommodate them in a book of his, however unrelated to the theme of the book they may be. In the last chapter he puts forth his views, citing many case studies, on the mechanism of self-awareness, the quintessential quality of human brain, which not only allows it to be aware of the universe but to wonder on the origin of self-awareness itself. This is a most intriguing topic and most of the questions are far from settled. Ramachandran does offer some original views here too.
Book is highly readable. Innumerable interesting examples of baffling brain disorders keep the interest of the reader alive. His language is conversational and its import lucid. But the book largely tells us about the functions of various areas of brain and how these might have evolved in humans. Why we perceive red rose as red, a bruise on the knee as painful and the sound of approaching footsteps of our beloved as thrilling when ultimately it is the similar neurons in different areas of brain which respond to the varied stimuli with a similar activation (or deactivation) i.e. action potential is a query, which I find most bewildering and I do not find any clue to its solution in this book. I recommend this book for all who are interested in the evolution of our species and its unique and unfathomably deep mysterious nature.

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A voyage to the human BRAIN..

Its a great privilege to write a review to the great book...
Dr.Rama is a well known neuroscientist, the book explains every small brain functions in a great detail.the book is written in the form of conventional method of any physiology/ psychology book.. a case studies of his patients.this book deals with lot even the higher order brain functions such as moral,beauty,consciousness..etc. those who have interest in human intelligence it's good book for you, absolutely No doubt.

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30 Dec 2013
The wonderful mass of jelly.

I read this book after reading "Phantoms in the brain". But do not worry even if you haven't read 'Phantoms..'. Not having read the older book only gives you one more reason to pick up the new one.

The sheer brilliance of Dr. Ramachandran left me amazed once again. The book, like his previous works, explains the functioning of the human brain in an extremely comprehensible manner. You do not have to be a neurologist. heck, you do not even have to be someone with a science background!
All you need is interest in the subject and this book will take you to an undiscovered yet wonder...
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I read this book after reading "Phantoms in the brain". But do not worry even if you haven't read 'Phantoms..'. Not having read the older book only gives you one more reason to pick up the new one.

The sheer brilliance of Dr. Ramachandran left me amazed once again. The book, like his previous works, explains the functioning of the human brain in an extremely comprehensible manner. You do not have to be a neurologist. heck, you do not even have to be someone with a science background!
All you need is interest in the subject and this book will take you to an undiscovered yet wonder...
I read this book after reading "Phantoms in the brain". But do not worry even if you haven't read 'Phantoms..'. Not having read the older book only gives you one more reason to pick up the new one.

The sheer brilliance of Dr. Ramachandran left me amazed once again. The book, like his previous works, explains the functioning of the human brain in an extremely comprehensible manner. You do not have to be a neurologist. heck, you do not even have to be someone with a science background!
All you need is interest in the subject and this book will take you to an undiscovered yet wonderful territory.

The delivery was a little delayed but the price was the lowest I could've got, the quality and packaging was great and the bookmark made me laugh a little.

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25 Jul 2012
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Enlightening Dark areas inside our grey matter

This has been a fascinating reading. Sometimes I felt I was reading a detective novel. Dr. VSR's analysis and presentation of the same is very consistent. All the analysis is based in the light of basic tenets of evolution.
The book reveals many dark corners of our own mind which we are unmindful about. One such example is the evolution of language - the way Dr. VSR unwinds the mystery is a testament of clarity and depth of his research. He seemed to have walked down the complete journey of human evolution and picked up those crossroads correctly which led to our present stage.
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This has been a fascinating reading. Sometimes I felt I was reading a detective novel. Dr. VSR's analysis and presentation of the same is very consistent. All the analysis is based in the light of basic tenets of evolution.
The book reveals many dark corners of our own mind which we are unmindful about. One such example is the evolution of language - the way Dr. VSR unwinds the mystery is a testament of clarity and depth of his research. He seemed to have walked down the complete journey of human evolution and picked up those crossroads correctly which led to our present stage.
Lesser mor...
This has been a fascinating reading. Sometimes I felt I was reading a detective novel. Dr. VSR's analysis and presentation of the same is very consistent. All the analysis is based in the light of basic tenets of evolution.
The book reveals many dark corners of our own mind which we are unmindful about. One such example is the evolution of language - the way Dr. VSR unwinds the mystery is a testament of clarity and depth of his research. He seemed to have walked down the complete journey of human evolution and picked up those crossroads correctly which led to our present stage.
Lesser mortals like us should be thankful to Dr. VSR for presenting us such a wonderful work which will help us know ourselves.

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05 Dec 2013
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The awesomeness of 1.5kgs of Jelly

I have never read a book over 200 pages. This book is about 400 pages and I am enjoying reading it. The book might be about the most complex organ in Human Body, but its written in the most simple manner possible with an engaging conversational style.

Inspite of being a world reputed Neurologist, the experiments Mr. Ramachandran uses is very simple but effective. Just shows how doctors today have become too addicted to technology.

All you need to enjoy the book is the simple curiosity of how the Human Brain is so amazing.

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Story of our Brain

VS Rama Chandran a neuroscientist attempts to unravel the mystery of human mind in this book. His methods of investigation are ???low-tech??? as he emphasises in the preface. He is enamoured of Sherlock Holmes and follows his mystery solving techniques in his clinical investigations. As a clinici... (View complete review)

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Its a very nice and must read book.... I really recommend it to book lovers....It gave me new insight regarding brain behaviour relationship...I got mesmerised by the view that the philosophical problems and the nature of self can be viewed from the perspective of psychology... (View complete review)

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More awesomeness from the brain-man!

A classic sequel of Phantoms in the Brain. Dr. Ramachandran brings to the world, years of phenomenal research on the brain. A must-read for anyone who is intrigued by the brain and its functioning. The best thing is that you don't need a background in medicine to understand what he's saying. (View complete review)

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Very good book

One of the best books I have ever read. Any one who likes mystery, or science, or human evolution, or presence of the mystic forces which create abnormal human beings will like it. (View complete review)

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