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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (2,143 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: V. S. Ramachandran Narrator: David Drummond Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 audiobook unveils a wealth of clues into the deepest mysteries of the human brain.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Karin Gottshall | 1/31/2014

    " If consciousness is a medical condition, then I guess this book can be considered a "tour" of it. This book fails to live up to its ambitious subtitle, and is terribly written to boot. I gained no real insight into "what makes us human;" all I really got out of this book are some fun anecdotes to impress people with at parties about the freaky things that can happen when you poke someone's brain. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Simmons51 | 1/20/2014

    " Fascinating research by a neuroscientist about how the brain works, and sometimes doesn't work, at least not in the usual way. Autism, phantom limbs, and synesthesia are just a few of the areas discussed. The author also explains his theories on the evolution of the human brain and what it is that makes us different from other animals. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Melissa Sherowski | 12/15/2013

    " one of the best accounts of the nature of consciousness that i have read to date. well written, thoroughly researched and insightful. highly recommended if you are interested in consciousness and the human mind. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Ted | 11/18/2013

    " Really interesting if you've ever wondered how your brain works. Not really technical at all but does start to become redundant towards the end. So it could have been shorter for those of us that have only a passing interest in the subject but still all and all more than worth the read. "

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About the Author

V. S. Ramachandran is the director of the Center for Brain and Cognition and a professor with the psychology department and neurosciences program at the University of California–San Diego. He is the author of A Brief Tour of Human Consciousness and coauthor, with Sandra Blakeslee, of Phantoms in the Brain. He lives in San Diego.