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Out normal brain function and how it evolved Synesthesia becomes a window into the brain mechanisms that make some of us 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 tac. I've never read Ramachandran in long form before and I don't think I ever will again This stuff is right up my tree – popular neurology – but no I started having a sinking feeling at Over the years I have worked with hundreds of patients afflicted though some feel they are blessed with a great diversity of unusual and curious neurological disorders Oh really said my eyebrows because that could either be a careless turn of phrase or a blunt dismissal of the social model of disability and the understanding of disability as anything other than a curse I forged on with an open mindSpoilers it was the second oneA few of the lowlights a lot of clinically accurate yet deeply disturbing discussion of autism in which Ramachandran all but uestions the place of autistic people in the human race; repeated descriptions of how brave it is for patients to try to remain happy despite their afflictions I mean can you imagine actually being happy with a disability; an endorsement of Cure Autism Now which I will put in the correct disability politics context by explaining that my hiss and recoil was exactly the same you'd make if you were a lifelong liberal who discovered the person advising you on political facts was an ardent Tea PartierSo yeah Really wish I hadn't given him any money

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The Tell Tale Brain A Neuroscientist's Quest for What Makes Us HumanKles 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 uestions Tracing the strange links between neurology and behavior this book unveils a wealth of clues into the deepest mysteries of the human brain. I have to emotionally review this book and then write a response to another reviewer AMAZING So fun so many good facts and brain candy I love how out of so many things that we consider disorders we can piece together ourselves in our many arrayed fashion and find similarities and Synesthesia What who ever heard of people responding to number color categories in the fashion fabulous So many interesting and intriguing case studies Our mind is so variable and so fragile we are all humble creatures with the minds to see ourselves withing the universe How uniue how beautiful Now I want to respond to a number of reviewers who have commented that his tone in this work made it seem as if our brain capacity is at such a higher level as to make us the pinnacle of the evolutionary tree I completely agree that this is not the case and I must say that yes the author did come across in this manner and that it is disappointing from an evolutionary view to have the author jummp to this conclusion I first realized that we are certainly not the pinnacle of anything when viewing and learning about the life cycle of moss in my biology class and finding out that they live a large diplontic phase instead of the traditional haploiddiploid phases of plants which makes them very uniue indeed and in their own way the pinnacle of their kind This only shows me that there is no pinnacle there is no such thing We can never have a diplontic life cycle we are not built to and in this way moss is superior to us if we want to apport superiority In addition we can never gather our own energy from light as many plants do and in this way they too are superior to us We do have a fascinating brain though and interesting capacities in our own right and while I must say to the author that I think he made a mistake in treating us as the pinnacle I do think our intellectual capacities should be expounded and celebrated and that we should search for new insights into this vastly interesting world we call neuroscience and consciousness In this regard the book is fabulous and he did an excellent job of conveying some of the uniueness of the mind

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The Tell-Tale Brain: A Neuroscientist's Quest for What Makes Us Human characters ´ 104 ß 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 uniuenV 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 uniueness Taking us to the frontiers of neurology he reveals what baffling and extreme case studies can teach us ab. Ramachandran is as wonderful a writer as he is a brilliant scientist which easy reading of not always simple science In his book Phantoms In The Brain Human Nature And The Architecture Of The Mind neurologist Ramachandran was concerned with how the physical brain and what goes wrong with it affects the mind A very similar field to Oliver Sacks They really differ in that Sacks thought of all his patients as people who had an often very interesting disorder Ramachandran thinks of them as patients In this book he is concerned with how disorders of the person that originate in the brain are related to the physical brain to the structures of it and how it works In both books everything is illustrated with examples of people and their behavioural problems with roots in neurology not psychology Sometimes the author uses them as a jumping off point for a lecture on the brain neurons the very important but hitherto unknown by me mirror neurons our senses and various structures of the brainOne of the most interesting to me because I have experienced it many times in my wonderfully mispent youth view spoiler not over yet well the youth is but the 'wonderfully mispending' or I hope not anyway hide spoiler