Phantoms in the Brain: Human Nature and the Architecture of the Mind
'Phantoms in The Brain' takes a revolutionary new approach to theories of the brain, from one of the world's leading experimental neurologists. 'Phantoms in The Brain', using a series of case histories, introduces strange and unexplored mental worlds. Ramachandran, through his research into... show more
'Phantoms in The Brain' takes a revolutionary new approach to theories of the brain, from one of the world's leading experimental neurologists. 'Phantoms in The Brain', using a series of case histories, introduces strange and unexplored mental worlds. Ramachandran, through his research into brain damage, has discovered that the brain is continually organising itself in response to change. A woman maintains that her left arm is not paralysed, a young man loses his right arm in a motorcycle accident, yet he continues to feel a phantom arm with vivid sensation of movement. In a series of experiments using nothing more than Q-tips and dribbles of warm water the young man helped Ramachandran discover how the brain is remapped after injury. Ramachandran believes that cases such as these illustrate fundamental principles of how the human brain operates. The brain 'needs to create a "script" or a story to make sense of the world, a unified and internally consistent belief system'. Ramachandran's radical new approach will have far-reaching effects.
Publish date: May 20th 1999
Pages no: 352
Edition language: English
, Popular Science
Fascinating stuff. Ramachandran explores the relatively new field of neuroscience, through speculation, hypothesises and some fairly low-tech experimentation – conjuring an image of a brain that perceives reality through complex pathways which can warp reality in strange ways when damaged, revealing...
The experiments Ramachandran designed to investigate the phantom limb phenomenon (experienced by some people following an amputation) are ingenious and elegant and can fairly be said to have advanced our understanding of how proprioception (our awareness of our body in space) is organised in the hum...
Paperback: 384 pagesPublisher: Fourth Estate; New Ed edition (6 May 1999)Language EnglishISBN-10: 1857028953ISBN-13: 978-1857028959Wow! what a gem of a book - recommended to me by and cram packed with interesting 'stuff' and headology of myriad ilks. The brain is such an interesting landscape where...