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From bizarre dreams and hallucinations to schizophrenia and multiple personalities, the human brain is responsible for a diverse spectrum of strange thoughts and behaviors. When observed from the outside, these phenomena are often written off as being just "crazy", but what if they were actually planned and logical?
NeuroLogic explores the brain's internal system of reasoning, from its unconscious depths to conscious decision making, and illuminates how it explains our most outlandish as well as our most stereotyped behaviors. From sleepwalking murderers, contagious yawning, and the brains of sports fans to false memories, subliminal messages, and the secret of ticklishness, Dr. Eliezer Sternberg shows that there are patterns to the way the brain interprets the world - patterns that fit the brain's unique logic. Unraveling these patterns and the various ways they can be disturbed will not only alter our view of mental illness and supernatural experience but will also shed light on the hidden parts of ourselves.
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By Adam on 05-26-16
great story, well sourced, based on assumptions.
the writer does a great job illuminating many neurological disorders by focusing on the specific studies they're tired to. unfortunately, he assumes much in his analysis of the volition of sub/unconscious processes. many explanations of nearly all of the neurological disorders here are made under the guise of pseudo-Freudianism. The author ascribes cognitions to the unconscious that he can't back up with evidence.
His analysis of dissociative identity disorder is well written and well understood, but he assigns its cause to the unconscious trying to protect the brain by hypnotizing itself. instead of staying in a functional neuropsychological paradigm which stresses the inferences of neuronal activity and psychological experience purely from the anatomy's story he takes liberties in assigning consciousness to this physical phenomena.
This can serve to muddy the waters of the claims and clear science of the text. Thankfully these assumptions stand as great metaphors and teachable concepts, but they may not reflect reality.
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