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... show more
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. 15 black-and-white illustrations
Publish date: January 17th 2011
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Pages no: 357
Edition language: English
, Popular Science
The book gave me more reasons why humans are different from anything else known in the universe and how we got that way.I've been looking for a book like this one which takes all the anomalies and traumas that have happened to individuals and weaves them all together in a coherent story about how ou...
Mr. V.S. Ramachandran in this book quite misleadingly tells one more about what the brain is NOT than what it is - perfect. Sort of like a soup with way too much salt; the author promised us this soup of what must have been a conclusive hypothesis of what he knows, which he does about a select few ...
I don't really know all that much about neuroscience or the field in general, so please take this review with a grain of salt. I have to say that I was pretty disappointed by The Tell-Tale Brain, which billed itself to be an overview tour of the brain and how it is used to delineate our sense of sel...
the sample just didn't interest me so much
I just attended a lecture by the author, very interesting.