M's Reviews > Phantoms in the Brain: Probing the Mysteries of the Human Mind

Phantoms in the Brain by V.S. Ramachandran
Rate this book
Clear rating

by
C 111x148
's review
Sep 01, 2007

it was amazing
bookshelves: favoritesincessantlyreread

HOLY CRAP.

This is the best book about neuroscience and cog sci for a popular audience ever written by someone not named Oliver Sacks.

Ramachandran is, as one of the cover reviews says, profoundly sane, and has a real sense of what you can get from the scientific method and what you can't, and really understands the way questions that used to be philosophical are inching into the realm of the empirical.

He also is sometimes hilarious, really up on the other great popular scientific thinkers out there right now, and has examples and experiments that will completely blow your mind, "Man who mistook his wife for a hat"-style and THEN some. Then, once it's blown, he will spend a great deal of time fitting it into the context of just what that means about our understanding of the large-scale structure of the brain right now.

SO EDUCATIONAL, SO FASCINATING, SO GOOD.
17 likes · flag

Sign into Goodreads to see if any of your friends have read Phantoms in the Brain.
Sign In »

Reading Progress

06/17/2016 marked as: favoritesincessantlyreread

Comments (showing 1-2 of 2) (2 new)

dateDown arrow    newest »

message 1: by Nancy (new)

Nancy Having read and loved all Oliver Sacks books, your review really helped me in deciding to read this book. Thanks!


message 2: by ☺Trish (new)

☺Trish Me, too, Nancy!


back to top