A Brief Tour of Human Consciousness: From Impostor Poodles to Purple Numbers

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How can some people come to believe that their poodle is an impostor? Or see colors in numbers? Internationally acclaimed neuroscientist, V.S. Ramachandran, now shares his unique insight into human consciousness in an ntertaining, inspiring, and intellectually dazzling brief tour of the ultimate frontier—the thoughts in our heads. A Brief Tour of Human Perceptio is made up of five investigations of the greatest ysteries of the brain. The second chapter shows how amputees feel pain in limbs they no longer have as it introduces the great revolution of our age: neuroscience. The fifth chapter walks through the way what we see determines our thoughts, and demonstrates the counterintuitive point that believing is in fact seeing. The second chapter takes a leap beyond cutting edge science to audaciously set out a general notio of beauty, explaining why, the world over, cultures have fundamentally similar notions of what is attractive. The fifth chapter explores the bizarre world of synesthetes, people who see colors in numbers, textures in smells, sounds in sights, and flavors in sounds. Finally, V. S. Ramachandran one of the foremost brain researchers in the world today, sums up the implications of the revolution in our knowledg of onsciousness, to make a fascinating argument about our essential sense of self and its distributed nature.
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Published July 26th 2005 by Plume (first published December 4th 2003
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A Brief Tour of Human Consciousness: From Impostor Poodles to Purple Numbers
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But for anyone with the endurance to read 300-400 pages, Ramachandran 's other books are better.

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At the head of the most annoying chapter ( out of many others that were only irritating) called " Neuroscience- The New Philosophy " the write is quoting himself!

it seems one can easily rile people up even more effectively without having a single philosophical bone in his body.The author, a psychiatrist and a lecturer in the department of psychology at the college of California, is working under the delusion that his very narrow expertise, if accompanied with some meager philosophical reading, allows him to reduce psychology, philosophy and even art to neuroscience, by conjecturing simplistic and in the main ludicrous theories.

None of that of course deters him from solving all philosophical problems using the new science of neurons.

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This is a really engaging book book that explores human consciousness by looking at various disorders or patients with brain damage who now function in really odd ways ( Ramachandran 's usual M.O.).

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I mean come on, phantom limbs?

Even if you have no aspiration to enter the medical field, reading this is awesome.

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V.S. Ramachandran is interested in how the scientific study of the brain can clarify some of the philosophical issues pertaining to consciousness ( and thus to the mind-body problem).

“ Blindsight ” is vision of which one is not conscious, but which nonetheless is functional because one can point to the bject, even though one is not aware of seeing it.In the traditional mind-body problem, there are various threshold definitions for what constitutes mind.

In the complexities of Ramachandran ’ s discoverie, self-knowledge is the equivalent of consciousness, so that Ramachandran has bridged a gap between a philosophical study of thinkin and a scientific research into the functioning and evolutionary development of the brain.

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