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Diane Rehm Show - NPR - November 11, 2005

Also by Diane Ackerman:

One Hundred Names For Love, April 2011
Hardcover
The Zookeeper's Wife, September 2007
Hardcover
An Alchemy of Mind: The Marvel and Mystery of the Brain, September 2005
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An Alchemy of Mind: The Marvel and Mystery of the Brain
Diane Ackerman

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?

Scribner
September 2005
320 pages
ISBN: 0743246748
Trade Size (reprint)
$15.00
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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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