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    DescriptionNeuroscientist 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.


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    Title
    Phantoms in the Brain
    Subtitle
    Probing the Mysteries of the Human Mind
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) V S Ramachandran M.D., Ph.D., By (author) Sandra Blakeslee
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 352
    Width: 156 mm
    Height: 234 mm
    Thickness: 28 mm
    Weight: 400 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780688172176
    ISBN 10: 0688172172
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    Ingram Subject Code: PS
    Libri: I-PS
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25350
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: SCI075000
    B&T General Subject: 510
    LC subject heading: ,
    DC22: 612.8/2
    LC subject heading: ,
    BISAC V2.8: MED057000
    DC22: 612.82
    BISAC V2.8: PSY020000
    B&T Approval Code: A64606000
    BISAC V2.8: MED056000
    B&T Approval Code: N67010000
    BISAC V2.8: SCI043000
    LC subject heading:
    LC classification: RC351 .R24 1999
    Edition statement
    QUILL.
    Publisher
    HarperCollins
    Imprint name
    William Morrow & Company
    Publication date
    01 September 1999
    Publication City/Country
    New York, NY
    Review quote
    "Enthralling . . . eloquent." -- "The New York Times Book Review ""This is a splendid book." -- Dr. Francis Crick, Nobel Laureate