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The Tell-Tale Brain by V.S. Ramachandran

28 Dec

From the Jacket:

imagesBook Summary of The Tell-Tale Brain

A fascinating journey into the human brain by a leading neuroscientist, V.S. Ramachandran.The brain remains a mystery to us. How can a three-pound mass of jelly that can fit in our palm imagine angels, contemplate the meaning of infinity, and even question its own place in the cosmos? Renowned neuroscientist Prof. V.S. Ramachandran takes us on a fascinating journey into the human brain by studying patients who exhibit bizarre symptoms and using them to understand the functions of a normal brain.Along the way he asks big questions: 
How did abstract thinking evolve?
What is art?
Why do we laugh?
How are these hardwired into the neural mechanisms of the human brain, and why did they evolve?

Brilliant, lucid, and utterly compelling, The Tell-Tale Brain is a path- breaking book from one of the leading neuroscientists.

My Review:
This is not the kind of book I would pick up, i donot like reading books on science! So skeptically I read it. There were times I could not just read through pages and that has got nothing to do with the book but with my disinterest in the genre.
V. S. Ramachandran, is renowned professor of neuroscience and psychology at the University of California, San Diego. He has done as much to reveal the workings of the mind through the malfunctions of the brain.
Ramchandran’s latest book elucidates the Nelson’s phantom limb, and asks if brain damage can bring forth a  gift for language or art. One of his patients in San Francisco started to create beautiful paintings post-surgery; where another began to speak in disjointed if poetic metaphors. Instead of dismissing such neural dysfunctions, Ramachandran believes they will provide valuable insight into how the human brain functions. Also adding to the quirks of speech, he looks at such disorders as alien-hand syndrome, where the actions of one hand appear to act independently of the patient’s will.
Pick this book up if you neuroscience interests you and  if you reading something different.
My rating 3.5/5
This review is for Random House India; however the opinions expressed here are my own.
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