Unthinkable What the World's Most Extraordinary Brains Can Teach Us About Our Own review ↠ 109

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Our brains are far stranger than we think We take for granted that we can remember feel emotion navigate empathize and understand the world around us but how would our lives change if these abilities were dramatically enhanced or disappeared overnight?Helen Thomson has spent years traveling the world tracking down incredibly rare brain disorders In Unthinkable she tells the ​Reading this book I was reminded of how awesome the brain is and how lucky I am that mine mostly works like it's supposed to Helen Thomson investigates nine uniue brain conditions by interviewing people who have and neurologists who have studied these conditions Included are•A woman whose brain causes her to hallucinate and hear continuous music​•A man who sometimes feels like he's turning into a tiger the condition which possibly gave us the myth of werewolves•A woman whose brain does not create spatial maps and thus is permanently lost even in her own home•A man with Cotard's syndrome which makes him feel like and believe he is deadThere is not as much science as I'd have liked in this book; rather it focuses on the individuals who have these and some other conditions Still I learned a few new things and always find books about the brain to be fascinating Some of the conditions I've read about in other books but I had never heard about Lycanthropy in which people feel they're turning into various animals Cotard's syndrome or Xenomelia which is a condition where people feel as though one or of their limbs do not belong to them and thus wish for their removal Anyone who is interested in the brain will most likely enjoy this book Ms Thomson writes compassionately and descriptively providing an in depth look at how it feels to have brains that work so differently from the majority of people There is so much yet to learn about the brain and I wonder if we ever will or ever can if the brain were so simple that we could understand it we would be so simple that we couldn't

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Unthinkable What the World's Most Extraordinary Brains Can Teach Us About Our Own

Takes us on an unforgettable journey through the human brain Discover how to forge memories that never disappear how to grow an alien limb and how to make better decisions Learn how to hallucinate and how to make yourself happier in a split second Find out how to avoid getting lost how to see of your reality even how exactly you can confirm you are alive Think the unthinkabl Up until the final chapter this trodded familiar territory and what made it valuable wasn't the originality but the author's earnest curiosity and her meetings and interviews with people suffering from the neurological problems she discusses eg lycanthropy But the final chapter on mirror touch synaesthesia was fascinating and completely new to me Joel Salinas the doctor who can literally feel his patients' pain also has a book called Mirror Touch which I just ordered A Little Learning people suffering from the neurological The Good Neighbour problems she discusses eg lycanthropy But the final chapter on mirror touch synaesthesia was fascinating and completely new to me Joel Salinas the doctor who can literally feel his Catch Me Before I Fall patients' Biggles Fails to Return pain also has a book called Mirror Touch which I just ordered

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Stories of nine extraordinary people she encountered along the way From the man who thinks he's a tiger to the doctor who feels the pain of others just by looking at them to a woman who hears music that’s not there their experiences illustrate how the brain can shape our lives in unexpected and in some cases brilliant and alarming waysStory by remarkable story Unthinkable I really liked that one Brains are so intriguing so interesting so important The stories that were mentioned in this book are outstanding one by one and I enjoyed and was interested throughout the whole bookThe first part is talking about people with exceptional memory And maybe that was the best start for me as a person that has a really great memory as well Later the reader is introduced to a vast amount of syndromes such as people that cannot navigate and are consonantly lost or people that hear tunes in their ears some of them all the time These people tend not to tell other about their conditions since they know that it is not normal and that hearing sounds most of the time is diagnosed as mental illnessOne of my top favorite was the part on people that feel dead It is uite outstanding to look at what they feel as well as their vital symptomsIf you want to find out that every human is easily hallucinating and you are interested in reading about our complex brain you might really like this one I highly recommend 5 stars

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