The Mind and the Brain: Neuroplasticity and the Power of Mental Force
Conventional science has long held the position that 'the mind' is merely an illusion, a side effect of electrochemical activity in the physical brain. Now in paperback, Dr Jeffrey Sch ...more
I have so many problems with this book that it's a challenge to put them together in a meaningful and organized fashion. Here's my best shot.
First, this book is supposedly intended to be a science book. However, there is not a single foo ...more
If you would like some junk science nonsense to spout whilst downing canapes at a dinner party, then this book is for you. But I'm warning you that someone will overhear you and think, a la Woody Allen in Annie Hall, "Jesus, make this person shut up! He doesn't know what he's talking about!"
To the author "mental force" (some of you may have heard this same idea called "soul" or "mind" or "f ...more
Dr. Schwartz devotes a chapter to the basic explanation of the literal topography of the brain itself, touching on different pr ...more
Well, okay, I'm speaking metaphorically here, so don't do that. But that at least gives an idea of what I thought of this one. The sections of the book related to the author's work with OCD sufferers, his descriptions of similar work on those with Tourette's Syndrome and major depression and his basic narrative of discoveries related to the brain and what has come to be believed related to its flexib ...more
Toward the end of the book, the author describes how quantum mechanics may be a key component to volition and free will. But, I am not completely convinced of the connection with quantum mechanics. I understand how the act of observation of an atom can resolve its (previously probabilistic) state. And the analogy between "observation" and "attention" is ...more
I wish that the author had dwelled more on how meditation and buddhism can help in overcoming men ...more
The introdu ...more
A groundbreaking work of science that confirms, for the first time, the independent existence of the mind–and demonstrates the possibilities for human control over the workings of the brain.
Conventional science has long held the position that 'the mind' is merely an illusion, a side effect of electrochemical activity in the physical brain. Now in paperback, Dr Jeffrey Schwartz and Sharon Begley's groundbreaking work, The Mind and the Brain, argues exactly the opposite: that the mind has a lif
The descriptions of psychology are interesting and the narrative he creates out of our intellectual movement from a kind of behavioralist rigid idea of the brain to our contemporary understanding both of neuroplasticity and the mind are compelling.
At the same time, I found the idea of using quantum physics to be productive, though not in the way Schwartz intended. He makes a good argument for a non-deterministic view of the brain (contrary to, say, Daniel Dennett) bas ...more
This might not be a great book to listen to in Audiobook form, and it's also important to note that I'm very much a novice when it comes t ...more
Schwartz rebels against th ...more
A groundbreaking work of science that confirms, for the first time, the independent existence of the mind–and de ...more
The topic is highl ...more
You might take a glance and put it down because it might not interest you unless you are a brain surgeon or want to know more about OCD and how it affects the brain.
I just wished that the authors would had gone more i ...more
This book was very informational, with a strong emphasis on the specific science involved, but was not jargon-heavy, and could be followed by an interested reader. It gives great background on the history and development ...more
Department of Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences,
University of California, Los Angeles