[ read online pdf ] Phantoms in the Brain: Probing the Mysteries of the Human MindAuthor V S Ramachandran – Z55z.co

Neuroscientist VS Ramachandran Is Internationally Renowned For Uncovering Answers To The Deep And Quirky Questions Of Human Nature That Few Scientists Have Dared To Address His Bold Insights About The Brain Are Matched Only By The Stunning Simplicity Of His Experiments Using Such Low Tech Tools As Cotton Swabs, Glasses Of Water And Dime Store Mirrors In Phantoms In The Brain, Dr Ramachandran Recounts How His Work With Patients Who Have Bizarre Neurological Disorders Has Shed New Light On The Deep Architecture Of The Brain, And What These Findings Tell Us About Who We Are, How We Construct Our Body Image, Why We Laugh Or Become Depressed, Why We May Believe In God, How We Make Decisions, Deceive Ourselves And Dream, Perhaps Even Why We Re So Clever At Philosophy, Music And Art Some Of His Most Notable Cases A Woman Paralyzed On The Left Side Of Her Body Who Believes She Is Lifting A Tray Of Drinks With Both Hands Offers A Unique Opportunity To Test Freud S Theory Of Denial A Man Who Insists He Is Talking With God Challenges Us To Ask Could We Be Wired For Religious Experience A Woman Who Hallucinates Cartoon Characters Illustrates How, In A Sense, We Are All Hallucinating, All The TimeDr Ramachandran S Inspired Medical Detective Work Pushes The Boundaries Of Medicine S Last Great Frontier The Human Mind Yielding New And Provocative Insights Into The Big Questions About Consciousness And The Self


5 thoughts on “Phantoms in the Brain: Probing the Mysteries of the Human Mind

  1. MR JULIEN STEPHANE MR JULIEN STEPHANE says:

    Ce n est pas un livre d Oliver Sacks, il est n anmoins tr s bien Il est plus technique que ceux d Oliver Sacks mais reste Ok.


  2. Blanco Blanco says:

    I am a recent amputee, who like so many other amputees has had the strange experience of a phantom leg ie a feeling that there is still a leg and a foot where the leg and foot were pre amputation I saw an article by a well known doctor who recommended the book Phantoms in the Brain by Dr V.S Ramachandran to help explain some of the mysteries of this phenomenon I have not finished reading the book as yet, but what I have read is very interesting If you have interest in this phenomenon, I believe this is a worthwhile book to own.


  3. Chares G. Muhle Chares G. Muhle says:

    Q How do you eat an elephant A One bite at a time.Q How do you explain a system that is complex, convoluted and adaptive.A Test small bites of stimulus and reaction to confirm or contradict your hypothesis.Ramachandran and Blakeslee created this delightful book using humor, logic and simple tests to illuminate how the brain works and doesn t work Readers are even invited to run their own test at home to confirm Rama s his term conclusions.Why does an amputee deny her left arm is missing or her paralyzed arm belongs to her brother Such examples offer fertile areas to explore to find what specific brain cells seem related to such behavior.Could we alter the perception of a missing arm using mirrors The answer is yes and by doing so we learn a little about our brain s adaptivity.So what s going on when a person can square a fifteen digit number as fast as he can say the answer While these small bites offer small answers, many such bites shed light on big answers.While I want to learn about the brain, I suspect whatever book I select will be way too technical so I will just reread PITB again.It s that good.


  4. R. Schultz R. Schultz says:

    Like Oliver Sacks, Ramachandran tells of some startling neurological insights he s gained by examining unusual cases These pages contain summary case histories of individuals who can t recognize faces of individuals who deny that various body parts belong to them of individuals who experience vivid hallucinations.Many of Ramachandran s breakthrough theories though are based on his treatment of individuals who suffered from phantom pain after an amputation In the course of probing this puzzling phenomenon, Ramachandran hit upon some ideas that have far reaching implications Studying this phenomenon allowed him to advance new theories about the way stimuli are received and mapped in the brain.When a leg is amputated, the area of the brain that would normally register sense impressions from it is left without any incoming stimuli That part of the brain sits expectant and hungry for some incoming messages Neural connections in adjacent areas of the brain then sometimes expand, filling in the information vacuum Those adjacent areas are ordinarily dedicated to registering sensation from unrelated parts of the body, such as the face So when anyone touches the amputee s face, that sensation might be amplified and experienced as severe pain in a leg that is no longer there.Ramachandran believes that this tendency of the brain to adapt and fill in might be at the root of many neural dysfunctions When a person loses his sight in a part of his visual field, surrounding neurons might elaborate and reach in to fill the void When a person loses some aspect of neuronal processing that has to do with body image, other neurons from areas of adjacent functioning might reach in to offer sensation input The borrowed processing mechanism doesn t always fit its functioning into a normal, coherent sense of the world though The result can be strange distortions of perception.These ideas might explain all sorts of human folly such as fetishes Specifically, Ramachandran suggests that foot fetishes might arise because the sensation processing areas devoted to the feet and to the genitals typically lie adjacent to each other in the brain Similarly, various kinds of body dysmorphic disorders, such as anorexia, might be traced to such take overs.This book was written in 1998 Ramachandran suggested many experiments that could be made to test his theories I wonder how many have been done in the interim I m eager to check out any of his recent writings to get updates on some of these questions.He writes in an accessible style What s , he suggests a number of very simple, non invasive techniques that people might experiment with to relieve themselves or family members of dangerous delusions For example, he suggests spritzing cold water into the left ear of anorexics he suggests using mirrors to help neglect patients recover an awareness of both sides of their body and of their environment.The 35 pages of small print footnotes at the end of the book might appear to be a chore that you d be inclined to skip But they serve as a good summary of the main text, and also contain many fascinating suggestions for further experiments that could either confirm or disprove the important ideas in this book.Overall, this book is a real brain teaser.


  5. Abhishek Abhishek says:

    If you have struggled with trying to control your mind brain thoughts actions and been frustrated, this book can be a helpful guide in understanding how the brain works and consequently lend relief or support in being with yourself If you are not bothered by such things but are enthusiastic about how things work, this then is again a wonderful reading on the nature and substance of one of the most complex phenomena in this Universe the human brain.I gave 4 instead of 5 stars because the last few chapters do not make their case as clearly or strongly as the rest of the book does In addition, even though the author touches on the subject of spirituality, god, consciousness, and its probably connections to the brain structure and experience, he does not mention anything about simple practices such as meditation and deep breathing and its influence on the brain I did not expect these to be covered in the book but since the author ventured out of what I did expect and towards this field, it would have been good to see something mentioned to this effect.