Johnson embarks on this path as his own test subject, participating in a battery of tests and experiments in search of a modern answer to the oldest of questions: who am I? He explores how we "read" other people, how the brain processes frightening events, what the neurochemistry is behind love and sex, how our brain teems with powerful chemicals closely related to recreational drugs, why music moves us to tears, and where our breakthrough ideas come from.
Johnson suggests that learning about the brain's mechanics can widen one's self-awareness as powerfully as any therapy, meditation or drug. To read Mind Wide Open is to rethink family histories, individual fates, and the very nature of the self.
©2003 Steven Johnson; (P)2004 Tantor Media, Inc.
"It's the rare popular science book that not only gives the reader a gee-whiz glimpse at an emerging field, but also offers a guide for incorporating its new insights into one's own worldview. [Johnson] does just that in his fascinating, engagingly written new survey." (Publishers Weekly)
"Spreading a gospel to be curious about one's own mind, Johnson, aided by personal anecdotes about, for example, the length of his attention span, will snare even those unfamiliar with brain science." (Booklist)
I have to admit that I did not finish this book, which is an endless stream of boring anecdotes ... endured about 100 minutes. I finally gave up while on my treadmill, preferring the sound of my thumping feet.
Great, accessible approach to thinking about the mind, but gets a bit breathless at times.
He's a decent reader, but in this title his voice seemed less than authentic. Hard to explain, but sometimes readers *become* the story, other times they *tell* it.
Totally fascinating. An "easy read", but really riveting. Science made accessible through personal anecdote, and very memorable.
advised by: J, Julz, Jessi
I'm so excited about where neurofeedback is going!! I'm listening to the book a second time. It seemed like it ended too soon. So many cool facts and so well written. Now I'm looking for more info on the topic!
I wish that it was a good as the reviews. But it got boring and I couldn't even finish it. Something like "Listening to Prozac" is more interesting. Skip it.
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