The Tell-Tale Brain

The Tell-Tale Brain
Title The Tell-Tale Brain PDF eBook
Author V. S. Ramachandran
Publisher Random House
Pages 386
Release 2012
Genre Affective neuroscience
ISBN 0099537591

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This fascinating book reveals what we learn about human nature when the brain goes wrong. It looks at why the human brain is so unique and examines how it became so complex.




Phantoms in the Brain

Phantoms in the Brain
Title Phantoms in the Brain PDF eBook
Author V. S. Ramachandran
Publisher Harper Collins
Pages 353
Release 1999-08-18
Genre Medical
ISBN 0688172172

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Neuroscientist V.S. Ramachandran is internationally renowned for uncovering answers to the deep and quirky questions of human nature that few scientists have dared to address. His bold insights about the brain are matched only by the stunning simplicity of his experiments -- using such low-tech tools as cotton swabs, glasses of water and dime-store mirrors. In Phantoms in the Brain, Dr. Ramachandran recounts how his work with patients who have bizarre neurological disorders has shed new light on the deep architecture of the brain, and what these findings tell us about who we are, how we construct our body image, why we laugh or become depressed, why we may believe in God, how we make decisions, deceive ourselves and dream, perhaps even why we're so clever at philosophy, music and art. Some of his most notable cases: A woman paralyzed on the left side of her body who believes she is lifting a tray of drinks with both hands offers a unique opportunity to test Freud's theory of denial. A man who insists he is talking with God challenges us to ask: Could we be "wired" for religious experience? A woman who hallucinates cartoon characters illustrates how, in a sense, we are all hallucinating, all the time. Dr. Ramachandran's inspired medical detective work pushes the boundaries of medicine's last great frontier -- the human mind -- yielding new and provocative insights into the "big questions" about consciousness and the self.




Braintrust

Braintrust
Title Braintrust PDF eBook
Author Patricia S. Churchland
Publisher Princeton University Press
Pages 296
Release 2018-05-22
Genre Philosophy
ISBN 0691180970

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What is morality? Where does it come from? And why do most of us heed its call most of the time? In Braintrust, neurophilosophy pioneer Patricia Churchland argues that morality originates in the biology of the brain. She describes the "neurobiological platform of bonding" that, modified by evolutionary pressures and cultural values, has led to human styles of moral behavior. The result is a provocative genealogy of morals that asks us to reevaluate the priority given to religion, absolute rules, and pure reason in accounting for the basis of morality. Moral values, Churchland argues, are rooted in a behavior common to all mammals--the caring for offspring. The evolved structure, processes, and chemistry of the brain incline humans to strive not only for self-preservation but for the well-being of allied selves--first offspring, then mates, kin, and so on, in wider and wider "caring" circles. Separation and exclusion cause pain, and the company of loved ones causes pleasure; responding to feelings of social pain and pleasure, brains adjust their circuitry to local customs. In this way, caring is apportioned, conscience molded, and moral intuitions instilled. A key part of the story is oxytocin, an ancient body-and-brain molecule that, by decreasing the stress response, allows humans to develop the trust in one another necessary for the development of close-knit ties, social institutions, and morality. A major new account of what really makes us moral, Braintrust challenges us to reconsider the origins of some of our most cherished values.




A Brief Tour of Human Consciousness

A Brief Tour of Human Consciousness
Title A Brief Tour of Human Consciousness PDF eBook
Author V. S. Ramachandran
Publisher Dutton Books
Pages 218
Release 2004
Genre Medical
ISBN

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"How can people come to believe that their poodle is an impostor? Or see colors in numbers? Francis Crick, co-discoverer of DNA, said of V. S. Ramachandran's first book, "The patients he describes are fascinating, and his experiments on them are both simple and ingenious." With his unique energy and style Ramachandran now shares his insights into the mind from such everyday human experiences as pain, sight, and the appreciation of beauty to the ultimate philosophical conundrums of consciousness."--BOOK JACKET.




The Tell-tale Brain: A Neuroscientist's Quest for what Makes Us Human

The Tell-tale Brain: A Neuroscientist's Quest for what Makes Us Human
Title The Tell-tale Brain: A Neuroscientist's Quest for what Makes Us Human PDF eBook
Author V.S. Ramachandran
Publisher
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Release 2011
Genre Brain
ISBN 9781450000000

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The Tell

The Tell
Title The Tell PDF eBook
Author V S Ramachandran
Publisher Random House India
Pages 538
Release 2012-05-17
Genre Literary Collections
ISBN 8184002432

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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.




The Tell-Tale Brain: A Neuroscientist's Quest for What Makes Us Human

The Tell-Tale Brain: A Neuroscientist's Quest for What Makes Us Human
Title The Tell-Tale Brain: A Neuroscientist's Quest for What Makes Us Human PDF eBook
Author V. S. Ramachandran
Publisher W. W. Norton & Company
Pages 384
Release 2012-01-23
Genre Medical
ISBN 0393340627

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Drawing on strange and thought-provoking case studies, an eminent neurologist offers unprecedented insight into the evolution of the uniquely human brain.