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A reminder of how lecturers used to be,
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This review is from: The 21st Century Brain: Explaining, Mending and Manipulating the Mind (Paperback)
The 21st Century Brain takes the reader on a tour of the brain and many of the major issues related to the study of what it is to be human. The chapters are ordered logically and include discussion of what is known and what is contentious. I really liked the writing style of this book but perhaps this is helped by having more than a passing familiarity with the subject matter. Steven Rose to my mind encapsulates what a good lecturer should be; knows their subject at lots of different levels and is acutely aware of the gaps and questions yet to be answered. The book overs the detail of a traditional text book but manages to engage the reader through frequent changes in perspective and level of detail.
I found his sometimes sarcastic approach to the confidence of other researchers/theorists really refreshing. Too many books in neurosciences today are caught up on the idea of 'brilliant', 'heroic' researchers who are at the cutting edge of knowledge and whose research will ultimately revolutionise how we see the world. Rose is far more modest in his endeavours.
If I had any complaints about this book it would probably be his undisguised contempt for Steven Pinker (which is never really explored) and Rose's frequent references to Hilary Rose (his wife). I think if you are going to quote someone you know well you should do the courtesy of exploring their ideas rather than repeat their descriptive phrases. Other than that, I'd highly recommend this book.