Paul Broks ï 7 Free downloadI loved the neuropsych stuff but not the author s own uest into himself I thought some bits were boring I wish there was of the patient s view and less of the aging doctor s With your feet in the airAnd your head on the groundTry this trick and spin itYour head will collapseBut there s nothing in itAnd you ll ask yourselfWhere is my mindThis might be a dangerous book for those with a fragile sense of self but euired eading for anyone with a big ego It is certainly an incredible achievement Paul Broks manages to elucidate current ideas surrounding the brainmind
Dilemma In A Provocative Style Sometimes Reminiscentin a provocative style sometimes eminiscent a novel or innerspace travelogue If you like to think about the big uestions in a ational way Before Copernicus read this book and prepare to lose or loose your mind Broks made an admirable attempt at combining self and others in this muddled disaster full of his own confusion He is very clearly unsure of the self and makes no headway from start to finish ineconciling his own personal struggle with the issues he aises in this book He seems unable to address any particular topic and this compilation ambles in a manner that leaves no taste for wanting As you Health and Wellbeing in Childhood read you too will be confused You will ask yourself if this is a fictional novel a compelling look into case studies or a memoir Neither which would stand alone as an individual tale and does not stand on it s own as it is If you are interested in neuropsychology neuroscience or bodymind processes move on from this mess of words Too often the little case studies in psychology books are neutered faceless statistics and circumstances detached from life Someone hits their head and wakes up with a different personality Someone is born with a photographic memory and near impossible math skills Their brains are scanned and their behaviors are noted and medical professionals learn something clinical about how the brain works Into the Silent Land does wonders toemind us that these case studies happened to Child Support, for the Non-Custodial Parent, Alabama Edition (Series 1, for the Non-Custodial Parent) real people that there are human beings and families living theseealities Treated with warmth and good humor Broks s narrative L. Munatius Plancus: Serving and Surviving in the Roman Revolution restores the personhood to these otherwise impersonal medical curiosities He tackles the thorny uestion of Selfeframing the age old uestions of consciousness of mind brain dualism and ghosts in machines Sometimes solemn sometimes whimsical and interspersed with fanciful inventive pieces of fiction and poetry to better illustrate the subject at hand it s a delightful epast of phenomenology philosophy and neuropsychology5 stars out of 5 I was engrossed from start to finish All nonfiction should be so eadable Other eviewers have noted it s unfair to compare Broks to Sachs and I agreeThat said per the philosophy angle he
Brings I Will Compare HimI will compare him somebody else Dan DennettSome of the essays in this book emind me of some of Dennett s early stuff like in the book co written and co edited with Douglas Hofstadter The Mind s IBroks tales in here are less about the patient in part being a clinical psychologist and along the line of philosophical Gedankenexperimenten or to use Dennett s phrase intuition pumpsThat said Broks is far a poet than Dennett and may just surpass Sacks in that Krebszellen mögen keine Sonne. Vitamin D - der Schutzschild gegen Krebs, Diabetes und Herzerkrankungen: Ärztlicher Rat für Betroffene. Mit Vitamin-D-Barometer ... regard tooI note that this won a Guardian First Book awardPlease Mr Broks let s follow up with a second and Comment The philosophic and human implications of neuropathologyA Into the Silent Land is a collection of case studies and short tutorials on neuropsychology which is the science of analyzing theelationship .
Lurb on the cover touts neuropsychology Professor Broks author of this intriguing book as The new Oliver Sacks While any writer on neuropathology would be flattered to be compared to the The Ufa Story: A History of Germany's Greatest Film Company, 1918-1945 renowned Dr Sacks whose books include the fascinating The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and other clinical tales 1987 I don t think such a comparison is fair to either manWhile Broks and Sacks write about the sometimes bizarre conseuences of neurological disorders they do so from a different perspective Sacks is tightly focused on the patient and the pathology whereas Broks concentrates on his personal experience as a neuropsychologist and the philosophic and emotional conseuences of those experiences Further while Sacks writes with an uncommon clarity and elouence Brokselies on a literary style with excursions into memoir story sometimes The Guardian Team: On the Job with Rena and Roo reminding me distantly of Borges Socratic dialogue and dream seuence Each chapter in the book is a personal experience essay Some chaptersecall patients with disorders some do not Some chapters are intensely personal as is the final chapter on the experience of his wife s breast cancer Others are almost completely philosophical What can pathology especially neuropathology teach us about what it means to be human and to self aware what Broks is asking in all of the chapters sometimes directly sometimes obliuely His answer is self aware is what Broks is asking in all of the chapters sometimes directly sometimes obliuely His answer is and meandering in short he isn t sure I The Mathematics of Financial Derivatives: A Student Introduction respect that because I m not sure either and I don t know anyone who isBroks begins by experiencing the pulsating brain asaw meat He is mesmerized by the absolute conviction that in the flesh behind the face being probed by the surgeon there s no one there p 17 This
Leads Him To Rejecthim to The United States and Peru: Cooperation -- At a Cost reject Mysterian position on consciousness and Cartesian dualism He excises the ghost in the machine and comes toealize that the I of our experience is nowhere at all but is an ever changing ever constructing presence among the modules of the brain Thoughts feelings and intentions produce me not the other way around is how he expresses it on page 80 He sees the I that experiences and Information Security Governance reflects upon experience as not a single thing or a thing at all but as a principle of biological organization p 100This is a profound insight from modern neuroscience and philosophy as presented by people like Francis Crick and Daniel Dennett whom Broks cites and others But Broks is neither completely satisfied with this unsettling point of view nor is he complacent to leave it at that In my favorite chapter of the book To Be Two or Not to Be Broks presents a science fiction scenario in which one is teleported to Mars One s body is exhaustively copied on Mars from information sent from Earth Every single atom iseplicated exactly as it appears in the original and then the original is destroyed allowing one to travel at the speed of lightIn effect this is a thought experiment asking the uestion Who are you Are you the original or the copy The copy assures us that he is the same continuous being that was on Earth and is now on Mars He is the father of his children the husband of his wife and is the man who was once the child He has all this in his memory He certainly did not die And besides he has done this a dozen times and is still aliveBut Broks throws a monkey wrench into this scenario by having the original not destroyed Now who is who And if the original is now to Etween personality performance and the anatomical and physiological structure of the brain Broks fuses classic cases of neuropsychology with the.
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does the copyThis story eally highlights the Buddhist idea that we do not exist as we thinkthe copyThis story eally highlights the Buddhist idea that we do not exist as we think do There is no self no ego I we do not die because we were never living in the sense that we think we were What exists is
pure identification so to speak that everybody has identically That doesidentification so to speak that everybody has identically That does die It is always there in a sentient beingBroks acknowledges this Buddhist perspective admits that in some sense he is uneasy about it admits that in some sense at some times he is a Mysterian who does believe in something non material in ourselves See Right This Way Smiles a Mermaid beginning on page 132Another point that Broks makes is that we do not exist in isolation The working brain has to be understood not only as part of a larger biological system the Widow of Dartmoor rest of the body but also as a component of the wider social system p 102 I would add that we are also part of this planet and its systems and in the most minute buteal sense part of the cosmosBroks believes that the familiar soul body dualism from Descartes is hard wired into our brains by the process of evolution p 138 He also believes that phenomenal consciousness the Dark Calling raw feel of experience is invisible to conventional scientific scrutiny and will foreveremain so p 140I agree that the idea of a soul its like if william s burroughs italo calvino and oliver sacks got together for a dreamtime conversation in a floating pool of sulphur I m going to need a bit time to absorb this one In short the book consists of a series of philosophical essays using case studies in clinical neuropsychology the author s personal musings and science fiction to discover the Arabella Millers Tiny Caterpillar relationship of the self to human biologyThe author uses neuroscience to dispel the common sense notion that there is a self located somewhere in the human brain He then uses philosophy to undermine the notion that there even is such a thing as selfHe does all this uite convincingly while simultaneouslyeveling in his own self and the selves of others through his interactions with patients students and family and of course his self I learned about Paul Broks through the Australian podcast All in the Mind This podcast is well worth subscribing to if you are at all fascinated by this subject have been hooked for a couple of years now or Broks is such a non linear thinker that it was almost impossible to follow a through line to this book assuming there was one He doesn t develop a particular idea ather he just tells a collection of stories Those stories are so poetic at times that I wasn t sure I understood what he was getting at and they often felt like ethereally connected images that I couldn t completely track with I wish I d spent the time some other way Just heard Jane Curtin eading Voodoo Child Slight Return on PRI Selected Shorts and am very excited It s not often I get to shelve a book with this particular combination of mind blowingbiologyliterary fictionnonfictionmetafiction and I could probably add a few postmodern neurology psychology philosophy ahhhhh Great combinationStory here NPR Selected Shorts Complicated RelationshipsI look forward to O Sabor dos Caroços de Maçã reading theest of thi. His own case studies philosophical debate and thought provoking iffs and meditations on the nature of neurological impairments and dysfunction. .