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The Emerging Mind: Reith lectures 2003

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Neuroscientists have gathered empirical evidence about consciousness and human nature. This evidence begins to give substance to some of the intuitive leaps made in the 19th and early 20th century about the nature of the self. This book presents an introduction to the thinking on the brain and the mind by some of the world's leading experts.
Paperback, 208 pages
Published February 1st 2005 by Profile Books(GB) (first published December 4th 2003)
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Trevor
Jan 16, 2011 Trevor rated it really liked it
I’ve been wanting to read something by Ramachandran for a couple of years – ever since I read The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science and 50 Psychology Classics. I hadn’t realised he had given the Reith Lectures in 2003 – and so I’ve listened to them (they are available here http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/reith2003/)

They do make fascinating listening and he is often very funny. He clearly knew his audience – this line for example: ‘Now clearly
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Ramkumar  R
Oct 16, 2015 Ramkumar R rated it really liked it
How does the circuitry of the human brain function? .What is the self?How does the human brain comprehend art? These are just some of the many questions which Dr.Vilayanur S. Ramachandran, one of the world’s leading neuroscientists, attempts to answer in his book – The Emerging Mind.
The book shows its readers, through numerous bizarre case studies, how rewiring the circuits within the human brain, using instruments as mundane as mirrors, can rectify peculiar neurological disorders such as phant
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Shaun
Jun 11, 2013 Shaun rated it really liked it
Based on his 2003 Reith Lectures, The Emerging Mind is a introduction to the wonders of neuroscience - where it is and where it may eventually lead. Ramachandran starts by explaining the importance of case studies in decoding the mysteries of the brain. In that sense, we can learn alot about a normal functioning brain by studying an "abnormal" one.

Nothing mind blowing here if you're even remotely familiar with the topic, however what makes this rather short book worth reading is Ramachandran's i
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Kavya Srinivasan
Nov 30, 2015 Kavya Srinivasan rated it really liked it
AMAZING. Insightful and a light enough read for me to read more non-fiction after this, which is a rare enough feeling for me
Amrish Vasudhevan
Sep 28, 2015 Amrish Vasudhevan rated it really liked it
This book is based on Dr. V. Ramachandran lectures on neuroscience. Though most of these contents were already been covered in his previous books like "The tell tale Brain" and "Phantoms in the Brain", this book helped me refresh through it.

This book explains about the inner workings of brain that was written in layman terms. Dr. Ramachandran starts explaining his experiences with his patient's neurological problems and tries to analyse the root cause of these problems which might have triggered
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Jaymee
A concise version of Ramachandran's "Phantoms in the Brain." This book is almost exactly the same. Read the other book for a more in-depth analysis of Ramachandran's neurological theories and studies. Also, this book is exactly the same as "A Brief Tour of Human Consciousness." I don't know why all 3 books are published in different titles but with all the same content.
Akshay
Jun 30, 2012 Akshay rated it really liked it
Ramachandran has made a revolutionay attempt to present to the laymen in neuroscience the way we think, why we think, and how our thinking culminates into into action. He reveals the the working of our brain and how it is influenced by our thoughts. He tries to show that many-a-times pain is a illution to the brain... which he calls learnt illution..
PP
Nov 29, 2011 PP rated it it was amazing
Wish I had read this book when I was a student of Psychology; in a trice, VSR changes the paradigm of all that conventional theory talks about! Enlightening!
Nishita
Mar 16, 2008 Nishita rated it really liked it
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Very nice read. I especially liked the chapter on 'what is art' and why human beings appreciate art.
Seawood
Apr 01, 2015 Seawood rated it really liked it
Good summary of neuroscience for the non-specialist, as you'd expect from the Reith lectures. It's certainly engaging - Ramachandran has great style - but there's a little too much speculation towards the end for my taste (but again, this is what you'd expect from these lectures).
Claudia
Il cervello è come una rete infinita di calcolatori in continua interazione tra loro; cosa accade quando uno di questi collegamenti s'interrompe o si danneggia? Attraverso lo studio e l'analisi dei soggetti che hanno avuto ictus, incidenti o difetti congeniti l'autore spiega come si arrivi a comprendere meglio il funzionamento del cervello. Esauriente la prima parte, non la seconda, dove sarebbe stato interessante approfondire temi complessi come la malattia mentale e il libero arbitrio, qui sol ...more
Chandar
Apr 01, 2016 Chandar rated it really liked it
Fascinating ! Many would have already encountered these 'freak' capabilities of the human brain in Ramachandran's TED talk.
Govinda Rajan
Mind over Brain? What is the difference between mind and brain. Read Ram.
Andrey
Feb 13, 2016 Andrey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Лучшая
Donatella
Apr 12, 2012 Donatella rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In effetti, come hanno notato molti, questo libro ripete molti temi già trattati senza perlopiù ampliarli. Qualche spunto di riflessione importante lo rende comunque molto valido. Inoltre mi ha divertito scoprire che non sono d'accordo con Ramachandran su ogni cosa al 100%. Beh, meno male. Nonostante tutto mantengo un briciolo di spirito critico
Aravind P
Sep 12, 2012 Aravind P rated it really liked it
Imagine a pulpy jelly like mass, hardly 1 Kg, but that which can comprehend the meaning of 0, infinity, god, about comprehending itself trying to comprehend the meaning of infinity. The most amazing and elusive mystery of the world - Brain!
Sumanth Ƀharadwaj
Jan 19, 2011 Sumanth Ƀharadwaj rated it it was amazing
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Every book by Rama is spectacular not only for the brilliant research but the simplicity and eloquence. He is really standing on the shoulder's of giants in this one as he goes over the ideas of many brilliant thinkers!
Loránd Szakács
May 01, 2016 Loránd Szakács rated it really liked it
Fascinating insight into how the brain might comprehend art, well grounded in experiment, and somewhat speculative. But nonetheless, invaluable to our understanding of what pleases the visual senses.
Teja
Sep 27, 2011 Teja rated it really liked it
I just skimmed through the book after listening to one of Ramachandran's talks. A very interesting read, but most points have been covered in some talk or the other.
Sonia Murthy
Jan 19, 2013 Sonia Murthy rated it it was amazing
Please read this book (or at least give it a try). I have read this book numerous times, can't seem to get enough. Mesmerizing, captivating, incredible.
Pasquale
Jun 26, 2012 Pasquale rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Raccolta di conferenze su alcuni temi avanguardisti nelle neuroscienze. Stimolante e scorrevole. Riassume scoperte e studi affascinanti sul cervello.
Prasad GR
Aug 27, 2011 Prasad GR rated it really liked it
Gives a whole new perspective to everything & most importantly, this surely does make one think! Science cannot be made simpler.
Sameer m
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intricacies of human brain described eloquently to layman level ...!! great book...!!
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Mesmerizing! Captivating.!
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Vilayanur S. "Rama" Ramachandran is a neurologist best known for his work in the fields of behavioral neurology and psychophysics. He is currently the Director of the Center for Brain and Cognition, Professor in the Psychology Department and Neurosciences Program at the University of California, San Diego, and Adjunct Professor of Biology at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies.

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