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Very disappointing and of little value to a stroke survivor like me interested in self-directed rehab
on 21 May 2015
delivers less than it promises. Doidge's book more illuminating. Schwartz allows belief in Buddhism to confuse the science too much. Way too much detail on the suffering of monkeys in the cause of neuroscience and the development of Constraint-Based Therapy. Despite the book's concern with morality, there's seemingly no consideration of the moral issues of cutting the nerves in the monkeys' arms and - surprise surprise - discovering they can no longer feel nor use them..
Chapter on the quantum brain profoundly disappointing. Speculative, hazy evidence, no apparent practical value. Seemed to me to conflate and confuse moral philosophy (an esoteric version of Buddhism?) with a vague, poorly presented understanding of Quantum physics (a topic that not even physicists can explain consistently) I got more from just the first chapter of Feynman's QED. there was no clear (to me) theory on how quantum physics might explain neuro-plasticity, mindfulness, or how it might inform new treatments or explain "mental force". Very disappointing and of little value to a stroke survivor like me interested in self-directed rehab, to augment the invaluable help from my physio