©2007 Jeff Warren; (P)2007 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
The content of this book is very interesting but be aware that the reader reads at a nearly breathless pace. This often makes it very difficult to absorb what is being read, and I say that as someone with a technical background. For this title, you might want to get the actual book and, relaxing, read it yourself.
Although the content is good, I was having a problem with the high speed reading. Using the -1 setting on my iriver solved the problem and I enjoyed this very much. A nice update on what has been going in studies on consciousness. I was particularly interested to hear about the new, more sophisticated methods of biofeedback.
2 star demerit for manic and odd cadence of the narrator. This was an annoying listen; but a book well worth reading. Go paper on this one.
In this text, Warren takes listeners through the various states of human consciousness devoting a chapter to each. I look for books that inform and are read well. This one did not disappoint. It took me a little time to get into the topic, but once the listener comes to an understanding of the author's intent and method, everything else falls into place.
Readers may think that the author is on something when reading portions of the book. However, I found interesting things to consider every few minutes. I was particularly taken by the authors explanation of how creative people (Edison for example) actually were able to retrieve insights from their light sleep. It was also helpful to understand the role sleep plays in how people learn. Ths discussion on spacial learning and experience of the blind was eye opening (pardon the pun). (The ramifications for students who get by with little rest would have helped me in graduate school for sure!).
This is a highly instructive, informative, entertaining volume that will keep you thinking about the world in a different way for many weeks.
I disagree about the narrator. He definetly talks quickly (which takes some getting used to) but he is also pretty funny, and makes it interesting.
The content was great! It was very interesting and I havent read a book yet that is much like that. It has a very different style and unique content.
It was definetly worth the listen.
Warren is not an amazing writer, and I don't like the framing of the book. But there's enough good stuff in here to justify a listen.
You might expect this to be a pretty hokey book: hypnosis, lucid dreaming, brain waves, biofeedback. A lot of it has a weird new-agey reputation. But that's exactly the point: there's perfectly good science behind all of this, even if many of the practitioners don't know it. To take one example: Warren goes to one of the world's foremost hypnotists, a man in his 80s (I think, it's been a little while since I finished the book) who used to be a university psychology researcher. He demos hypnosis very effectively and explains the simple relationship between easily measured brain waves and subjective consciousnesses.
Again, this is not a perfect book--too much of it is Warren self-indulgently reporting his experiences doing things like lucid dreaming seminars in Hawaii--but I don't know of a better one right now for explaining brain states. If you like Radiolab type stuff, give this book a try.
the content of the book allowed me to ignore the terrible narration. Mr. Todd reminded me of the guy who announces summary of the stock market in 20 seconds or less. like he was in a race to finish reading the book. everyone once in while he'd fall into a comfortable cadence, but more often not.
with a different narrator this book would get 5 stars from me. the author has a unique way about explaining the subjective experience in a way that is both helpful and highly entertaining.
a little long winded in places, overall intresting. this is a different aproach to a book about the brain. rather that talking about how the different areas of the brain are responsible for various tasks, this book talks about how the mind works as a whole. what's going on when you are in different states of mind. what's going on to make those states of mind unique. worth a credit if you're a budding armchair neurologist like me :)
I found some of the content interesting, but found Warren's drawn out personal accounts boring, and a little self-satisfied in tone. Though supported by research, none of the ideas sparked my desire to learn more, and his formulaic use of simile as an attempt at vivid description made me weary. Warren seemed to enjoy his book, but I didn't so much.
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