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The Man Who Wasn't There
Author: Anil Ananthaswamy

ISBN: 9780525954194
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 21 October 2015
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2 x 3.3
Description:
Anil Ananthaswamy, an award-winning science journalist and author, offers an intimate look at the latest neuroscience of schizophrenia, autism, Alzheimer's disease, ecstatic epilepsy, Cotard's' syndrome, out-of-body experiences, and other conditions-revealing the awesome power of the human sense of self. Extensive in-depth interviews venture into the lives of individuals who offer perspectives that will change how you think about who you are. These individuals all lost some part of what we think of as our self, but they then offer remarkable, sometimes heart-wrenching insights into what remains. One man cut off his own leg. Another became one with the universe.

We are learning about the self at a level of detail that Descartes ('I think therefore I am') could never have imagined. Recent research into Alzheimer's illuminates how memory creates your narrative self by using the same part of your brain for your past as for your future. But wait, those afflicted with Cotard's syndrome think they are already dead; in a way, they believe that 'I think therefore I am not.' Who-or what-can say that? Neuroscience has identified specific regions of the brain that, when they misfi...

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