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5.0 out of 5 stars Understanding the Organ Which Allows You to Understand, 2 Jan 2010
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This review is from: The Brain: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) (Paperback)
Professor O'Shea writes with great enthusiasm and zeal, introducing the reader to the topic in the first two chapters to some interesting ideas that come with thinking about the brain (Chpt 1), and how it has been (mis)understood historically (2). A more in-depth discussion follows, in which signalling (3), evolution of the brain (4), sensing, perceiving, and acting (5), and memories (6) are all explained. The final chapter (7) before the epilogue deals with possibilities of brain-machine hybrids and other brain-machine interfacing that may in the future be possible to cure the 'broken' brain.

That neuroscience has still got a long way to go in fully explaining brain function suggests something about the complexity of the brain. This book can at times, therefore, be a little 'heavy', and I would strongly recommend you have basic scientific knowledge AND interest before reading the book.

That said, O'Shea's articulate way of writing, his enthusiasism, wit and careful explanation make the book a sound introduction to the brain, with predictable scientific terminology-e.g. ionotropic, metabotropic-fully explained.

I certainly finished reading the book with an enhanced knowledge of the brain, despite knowing the basics beforehand, and I can guarantee that if you are interested in the subject, then you will enjoy this book.
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