PHANTOMS IN THE BRAIN

PHANTOMS IN THE BRAIN (English, Paperback, V. S.Ramachandran)

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PHANTOMS IN THE BRAIN  (English, Paperback, V. S.Ramachandran)

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    • Language: English
    • Binding: Paperback
    • Publisher: Harper
    • ISBN: 9780007253890, 0007253893
    • Edition: 1, 2015
    • Pages: 352
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    Phantoms In The Brain: Human Nature And The Architecture Of The Mind takes readers on an exploration of one of the most complex mysteries of all, the human brain.

    Summary Of The Book

    Phantoms In The Brain: Human Nature And The Architecture Of The Mind uses case studies and incidents to delve into theories of the human mind. The book was written after extensive research into the functioning of the brain.

    This book features different instances of how the brain reacts after a physical injury. The brain creates phantom imitations of body parts that have been damaged or destroyed. One example given is of a woman who believes that she is able to move her left arm despite being paralysed in reality. Another case study talks about a man who was in a fatal accident and lost his right arm. Yet, he states that he can feel actual movement in his arm. The author explains that this is merely the mind creating phantom sensations.

    This book states that it is not just about the physical healing process but the time that the human brain takes to make sense of what has happened. The book poses questions on topics like identity of oneself and the world, consciousness, and philosophical beliefs. Many clinical syndromes are explained with the help of logical thought and presented with wit and humour, making it an interesting read. The author even points out errors in thought by philosophers of yesteryears, forcing readers to rethink their stance on certain principles.

    The book states that for the brain to create conscious sensations three important factors are needed, stability, choice, and memory. The book even attempts to discuss different aspects of the self such as the passionate self and the mnemonic self.

    Phantoms In The Brain: Human Nature And The Architecture Of The Mind was well-received. Critics appreciated that such an intensive scientific topic was written in a style for both laymen and intellectuals to grasp.

    About The Authors

    V. S. Ramachandran is a neuroscientist specializing in areas such as visual perception and behavioural neurology.

    He has also penned The Emerging Mind, A Brief Tour of Human Consciousness: From Impostor Poodles to Purple Numbers, and The Tell-Tale Brain: A Neuroscientist's Quest for What Makes Us Human.

    V. S. Ramachandran was born in Tamil Nadu, India. He studied earned an M.B.B.S. from Madras Medical College and went on to complete his Ph.D. from University of Cambridge. Richard Dawkins has hailed him as ‘the Marco Polo of Neuroscience.’ He has been bestowed with several awards including the Padma Bhushan.

    Sandra Blakeslee is a well-known science writer with the New York Times.

    She has written Sleights of Mind, On Intelligence, and What About the Kids?.

    She focuses on topics like brain sciences, earth sciences and environment.

    She grew up in New York and studied at Northwestern University and University of California. She has innumerable articles to her credit. She became the first journalism fellow at Santa Fe Institute.

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    5

    One of the best books you'll ever read..

    It's got everything a good popular science book should have -- excellent language, cracking humour, difficult concepts explained clearly to a lay audience, with just enough speculative thoughts put in, to encourage the reader to follow up on the fire that will be surely lit in his/her mind. And that's what this book is all about -- the human mind. Be prepared to be shocked and awed. You'll read about things you've never imagined possible. It was a whole-new-world to me when I read it. Best of...
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    Must Read for the inquisitive, skeptical and intellectually curious

    Absolutely awesome book and a must read for intellectually curious, mystery lovers and thinkers. I was highly impressed by the way a scientist has expressed his research in a simple, elaborate and scientific language. The whole book was like a story and I, as a reader, played a part in it while relating the cases to some observation or situation I faced in life. The book is like a mystical tale, where in the difference between this book and a mystery book is that the situations, observations ...
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    Nishit Pande

    Oct, 2011

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    The wonder called 'Brain'

    Mind-blowing! The book covers anatomical to functional aspects of the brain. The book scientifically reveals how and why brain is the crux of the notion called 'self' and how perceptions can change with a slight tweak in the connections between the neurons. The case studies only add on to the wonder of simplicity within the complexity. As Dr Francis Crick said for the book, "If you are at all interested in how your brain works, this is the book you must read."

    [P.S. After reading this, most ...
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    Sneha Pillai

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    Jul, 2012

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    Worth Reading for people who keep interest in knowing how the brain functions at times

    I am kind of fallen for the before time deliver of Flipkart.
    the book is worth reading only if one has interests in the understanding the brain functions,
    Its a good book, explained in common man's language.
    A good read
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    Paresh Kamat

    Jul, 2013

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    Fascinating, Inspiring, and very readable

    It is a fascinating journey through wonders of the human brain and mind. A very accessible book, easy to read, follow, and remember! Dr Ramachandran is a great scientist and a captivating storyteller. His ingenious and simple experiments answer some of the most difficult difficult questions that the human race grapples with. It would be of interest to anyone who is interested in the workings of the human mind.
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    Swati Gupta

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    Aug, 2010

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    Great book but not suitable for all readers

    I purchased the book through flipkart and asusual the delivery of the book was made within three days from the date of order. When i read the reviews of the book, i beleived that the book is gonna discuss about the way the brain works and how to coordinate and control the thinking process. But actually the book details about the brains entire working nature and also the stories of the patients who had faced difficulties after meeting major accidents in their life and how various methods we...
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    R. Balajivignesh

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    Dec, 2011

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    Terrific

    It's one of the very book on neuroscience which was written in layman term. Readily accessible with marvellous and humorous example . This book fulfilled the purpose of one's question about the function of the brain. A must read book for everyone. As usual the flipkart's was good, received the book in a mint condition.
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    Aditya

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    Nov, 2018

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    Terrific purchase

    This book is literally amazing.. and for those people who loves neurology.. it is going to give the best thing to you guys... i love it! 💖
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    Flipkart Customer

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    Jun, 2018

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    Amazing book

    This book reminded me why I have always loved the study of the brain so much. I had goosebumps at so many junctures. One thing I really really love about the way he describes brain science is how he brings in relevant evolutionay parallels and discussions. It's probably impossible to understand the brain without an evolutioary approach by the side; and that really made the whole subject more alive and interesting. A great read, especially for those who find brain science interesting.
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    Brinda M

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    Aug, 2014

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    Words are poor !

    my favorite quotes from this book:
    -We have given up the idea that there is a soul separate from our minds and bodies.
    -It's probably not coincidence that many of the most creative scientists have a great sense of humor.
    -Your own body is a phantom, one that your brain has temporarily constructed purely for convenience.
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    Amoghavarsha Nrupathunga

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    Aug, 2014

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