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Phantoms in the Brain: Human Nature and the Architecture of the Mind
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 27 July 2013
I am a 16 year old boy who has just chosen to study psychology at my sixth form. I very rarely read but over the past month I have been hooked by this book and will certainly we buying similar themed books in the future. It certainly takes a lot of thinking and slow reading (perhaps read a paragraph twice to fully understand it).

If you are interested in human nature and how it links with neurological reasons, this book truly is a great read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 22 December 2010
Ramachandran explains how the brain is organised and how it functions. What's more, he explores what happens when it goes wrong, especially explaining the concept of phantom limbs and how they're related to the plasticity of the brain. These are concepts taken for granted now, but when the book was written were at the forefront of knowledge.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
`Phantoms in the Brain' is a highly accessible look at how the brain works via the study of various neurological disorders. It looks at topics such as phantom limbs, limb neglect, visual disorders, underlying consciousness and way more besides. The writing style is extremely easy to read and completely engaging. The author uses numerous anecdotes and fascinating case studies to illustrate various points and you could quite easily read this book for these insightful glimpses into the human mind alone, the fact that it is backed up by sound science and imparts knowledge is a happy bonus in some respects. There are some illustrations used throughout to clarify particular points and there are even some minor experiments you can try on yourself to see how certain aspects of your brain work. If the human brain has even remotely interested you, or if you're a fan of popular science books, then I'd suggest you read this book. It is clear to read, engaging and makes for fascinating reading. Well worth a look.

Dedicated to Stephen A. Haines whose reviews inspired me to read some amazing science books and who will be greatly missed.

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on 13 December 2012
This is a really interesting book and has linked in well with the neuroscience modules of my medical degree. But knowledge of the brain isn't essential as everything is clearly explained. And anyway, this book is more about the bizarre neurological disorders out there, many of which are unimaginable and the consequences of these on our understanding of the brain than an in depth analysis of how the brain works and what structures do what.

As the title of this review implies, having read Oliver Sach's books too, I found this book much more enjoyable to read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
TOP 100 REVIEWERon 19 September 2014
An interesting insight into neuropsychology and the complexity of the human brain.
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on 22 July 2013
it's always fun to read about the quirky brain and with Ramachandran's easy everyday language anyone can take part of the fun world of neurology - liked this just as much as the tell-tale brain!
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on 30 June 2011
This is a fascinating book and easy for the layman to understand. If you have an enquiring mind you're in for a treat! I go back to re-read it every couple of years. No more need be said!
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on 10 July 2011
Combining cutting edge science and amazing stories in a funnier and an 'easy to understand for anyone' book, Dr. VS Ramachandran has contributed one of the best book of its kind.
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on 22 April 2014
I am enjoying reading this book. I just dip into it every so often. He rather labours the points to start with, but speeds up later. The part about how we see is so interesting.
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on 9 November 2014
Received in good time and condition. Probably the most informative book in the world regarding the human condition. Written with humour and empathy
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