An Alchemy of Mind: The Marvel and Mystery of the Brain
Does the mind reflect or dictate what the body sees and feels? What is the language of emotion? Is memory a function of our imaginations? Are we all just out of our minds?
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In this ambitious and enlightening work, Diane Ackerman
combines an artist's eye with a scientist's erudition to
illuminate the magic and mysteries of the human brain. With
An Alchemy of Mind, she offers an unprecedented exploration
of the mental fantasia in which we spend our days. In
addition to explaining memory, thought, emotion, dreams,
and language acquisition, Ackerman reports on the latest
discoveries in neuroscience and addresses such
controversial subjects as the effects of trauma, nature
versus nurture, and male versus female brains. In prose
that is not simply accessible but also beautiful and
electric, Ackerman distills the hard, objective truths of
science in order to yield vivid, anecdotal explanations
about a range of existential questions regarding
consciousness and the nature of identity.
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