The Root of Thought: Unlocking Glia-The Brain Cell That Will Help Us Sharpen Our Wits, Heal Injury, and Treat Brain Disease
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The Root of Thought: Unlocking Glia-The Brain Cell That Will Help Us Sharpen Our Wits, Heal Injury, and Treat Brain Disease

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This is the eBook version of the printed book. If the print book includes a CD-ROM, this content is not included within the eBook version. Discover the Other 90% of Your Brain


Learn about brain science breakthroughs that might hold the key to intelligence, creativity, and imagination. Discover amazing cells that keep your brain growing, adapting, and healing. Preview possi...more
ebook, 181 pages
Published June 8th 2009 by FT Press (first published 2009)
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Bradley
I recently read The Root of Thought by Andrew Koob , expecting to get better insight on the role of glial cells in the brain, billed as potentially more than just critical to housekeeping in the brain, of which they comprise 90%. Unfortunately, although the author seems to be a somewhat well-credentialed young investigator of neuroscience, he doesn’t make a compelling case that glia, in particular, astrocytes, as the root of thought. Although he made some interesting claims, such as about the po...more
Ali
Last week I felt like reading something about popular science, so I went down to the library and randomly picked up this book. Maybe because I know almost nothing about brain science, I thought this book was hilarious. It is basically an angry rant about how unfair it is that all these years neurons have received all the attention in brain research, while the other cells that make up our brains, glia, have been wrongly ignored by scientists.

This subversive theory essentially proposes that, even...more
Bob Nichols
Koob challenges a century of what he calls the "Neuron Religion," which excludes 90% of brain matter, the glia cells, that are tossed aside as filler, brain matter. Koob states that neurons take in sensory input related to energy gathering and procreation and express motor output that is directed toward these objectives. Without glia cells, sensory input and motor output is reflexive in the stimulus-response mode and function "without the inhibition of thinking." Inbetween input and output lies...more
OK JaeWoo
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Elaine
This was an interesting read, a lot of good, basic history of neuroscience, but the similes killed me! There were so many ridiculous similes that it would take me a few paragraphs to recover from each one. Also, I love glia more than most people, but he was definitely reaching....in fact, at one point he actually called neurons the glue! The message did sink in, though. Today, I was reading about jet-lagged hamsters and their lack of hippocampal neurons. My first thought, "Did anyone count glia?...more
Serena
Wow I love this book...

So it's very probable that it's Glia, specifically astrocytes, that are at the root of our deep thinking, imagination, and creativity, etc...

I enjoyed how information dense this was too, all the while keeping the mood up with vivid little analogies and sprinkles of humor.
Jack
Kind of interesting - downloaded it because I'm interested in brains, having had a little problem with my own. Tone a bit too populist for my taste, but it did make me think about the role of the astrocyte.
Wei-Tang
Somewhat informative. Too many "it could be that," "it's possible that," etc. In other words, the information presented reads like speculation.
Fatima
very poorly edited. it's a collection of notes put together to make a book.

Eve Mitts
my first digital book
Terrie
Good history and informative
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