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De wijsheidparadox: hoe het verstand groeit terwijl de hersenen ouder worden

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Populair-wetenschappelijke beschrijving van de werking van de hersenen, met name bij het ouder worden, waarin ervoor wordt gepleit dat de hersenen dan eerder verbeteren dan verslechteren.
Paperback, 352 pages
Published July 2007 by Wereldbibliotheek (first published January 1st 2005)
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heather van de  mark
Couldn't decide between 3 or 4, it's a solid 3.5. Basically it explores what wisdom is -- what wisdom means, how it's defined, and also a scientific view of it, where does wisdom come from within the brain? What role does memory play in wisdom? etc. The author is a neuropsychologist, so it's certainly qualified to talk on the subject. It's very interesting, but then again, I find this topic in general pretty fascinating.

" order to make an impact, both genius and wisdom must be ahead of soci
This is a much lighter book than The New Executive Brain (thank goodness), and a far more personal book. The author is 58, clearly worried about his declining mental faculties, and reviewing his options and his future in the wake about what he knows about the brain and the general competence of the elderly.

Surprisingly, the most touching parts of the book are not about people at all -- they're about his dog, and the process that he goes through every day in writing this book, and the reflections
Sarah Milne
My gosh, I love this book! I need to take the time to do a good review, but I just spent too much time blasting Franzen's new book, so perhaps later. Goldberg is awesome. This is not exactly a pop-neuro book, but it is (I think) very, very accessible. Goldberg's work on the gradiential model (proposed opposite to a strictly modular model) is present in what he writes here, as well as other principles he expounds in less accessible forms in The New Executive Brain, and he is able to bring that do ...more
Now this book took me about 3 months to read, and the reason is because, I one day found myself wondering around the bookstore not knowing what to read but I knew I wanted to read something intriguing so I stumbled upon this book, and it was a slow read but it put allot of things in perspective for me as far as the Brain Mind goes.
paradigmatic shift: mind opener to viewing fn of hemispheric lateralization [pulled me out of the viscous swamp of pop-psych fallacies:]

lorenz attractors: buffering for aging

pattern recognition: reinforcement thru repetition
A bit harder to read than I expected - it might have been easier in a paper version, in which you can browse to retrieve things read previously.
I wonder if there are new findings supporting his theory...
A bit too materialistic in scientific thought. didn't include enough of the mind and brain dualism for me. Well written by a well respected neuropsychologist though....pretty interesting
I really decent read for the intermediate neurohack.
Erik Champion
*the flexibility of brain divided by habit vs strangeness
a hard read unless you're a brain expert.
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