- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Crown Publications; 1st Pbk. Ed edition (1 Jun. 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0609810057
- ISBN-13: 978-0609810057
- Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 1.3 x 20.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 101,581 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Mozart's Brain and the Fighter Pilot Paperback – 1 Jun 2003
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About the Author
Richard Restak, M.D., is a neurologist, neuropsychiatrist, and clinical professor of neurology at George Washington University Medical Center. He is the author of the bestselling book The Brain, a companion to the PBS series of the same name, as well as The Mind and The Brain Has a Mind of Its Own. He lives in Washington, D.C.
Top Customer Reviews
The book began with a basic disscussion of brain structure and functioning. The remaining chapters being devoted to different aspects of brain performance, memory, attention, creativity, emotions and more are covered. Restak created an entertaining blend of facts, examples and excerices that kept me enaged throughout.
Having read a large number of books on this subject, I have yet to find another title that is as well written as this. If you only buy one book on improving your mind then make it this one.
It also reminded me of Ted Hughes' poem about thrushes in which he sees the same lazer-like certainty:
"Is it their single-mind-sized skulls, or a trained
Body, or genius, or a nestful of brats
Gives their days this bullet and automatic
Purpose? Mozart's brain had it, and the shark's mouth
That hungers down the blood-smell even to a leak of its own
Side and devouring of itself: efficiency which
Strikes too streamlined for any doubt to pluck at it
Or obstruction deflect."
Learn as much as possible about how your brain works.
Apply your knowledge about the human brain to organize your ideas.
Think of the brain as the creator of incredibly rich and fascinating montages.
Your capacity for new learning remains and may increase as you grow older.
These are chapter headings and the last one certainly gives hope for the future.
Restak provides an excellent insight into the brain, its workings, make-up and capacities and shows how the brain can be improved and ways to to it.
It is not as easy as body-building but it is a fascinating book I enjoyed. The future will tell.
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The author proposes 28 ways to keep your brain functioning optimally. The idea is to keep expanding and to stave off golden age illnesses such as Alzheimer's. However, Dr. Restak is evidently an academic that diligently works on his own brain training to levels only genuine nerds can aspire to, and some of the recommendations in this book are based on conventional wisdom instead of scientific finds, such as playing chess or listening to Mozart. This turned out to be one of those books I finished out of discipline... but I did, however, adopt a couple of his suggestions: 1) I downloaded an app called Lumosity, which gives you 3 very brief and fun brain games a day (they take less than 10 minutes to complete), 2) I now try to exercise my memory regularly by using associations.
There was one quote I appreciated in this book: "Our perceptions take on richness and depth as a result of all the things that we learn. The eye is not a camera that objectively takes a photo of the “world out there.” Rather, what the eye sees is determined by what the brain has learned. This suggests a short mantra: learn more, see more." I am convinced that the more you learn, the more your mind expands to have richer, more creative ideas.
The lessons, as another reviewer has said, are for the most part motherhood and apple pie. Basically, stay intellectually stimulated and participate in physical activities that require fine motor skills. The example given is tai chi. Other activities such as dance or Pilates would be just as good.
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