Conventional science has long held the position that 'the mind' is merely an illusion, a side effect of electrochemical activity in the physical brain. Now in paperback, Dr Jeffrey Schwartz and Sharon Begley's groundbreaking work, The Mind and the Brain, argues exactly the opposite: that the mind has a life of its own.
©2002 Jeffrey M. Schwartz and Sharon Begley (P)2011 HarperCollins Publishers
great book with enough voice to keep an uneducated listener from dropping off. the audio chapters are different, and that is a little disappointing. but, I will need to listen and pay more attention when I listen to chapter 10 till the end.
This was a tough book to get through. Lots about animal experiments and in my opinion abuse. If you can make it through and handle the darker side it has lots of good info.
I love AUDIBLE! I never get mad at traffic jams and can listen to many different books, despite of my short time.
When I started reading this book it didn't ignite my curiosity, so I stopped it and listen to some other books. After 5 months, I came back to the reading and noticed that the book is full of information, great ones indeed, about the brain/ mind. When I was liking it, the author started talking about quantum physics-- for more than an hour-- well, I thought this book was about brain science!!
My opinion: a good red pen could cut many hours of this book, leaving the "MEAT", the real stuff, the motive why we listen to the theme in the first place.
For my taste the book could have been shorter. More research than I needed, monkey experiments were tough to get through, theories from many other sources to back up the premise that the mind can change the brain. I did get a great deal out of the book and was then inspired to get a hypnosis book about the Mind changing the brain, by two different Doctors. It is good to know we are not "stuck" with the brain we have, we can make improvements.
This book explains the connection between the mind and the brain. It's full of information about how the brain functions.
If the author had written a more engaging narrative that would help his readers apply his findings to their own lives, much more like the "Down the Rabbit Hole" movies. The author spends most of his time trying to prove how right he is. It reads more like a dissertation than a book one might buy to leaner more about the fascinating field of neuroplasticity.
He's a little dry. I know the material is very dry, but adding more inflection might have helped keep me engaged.
Annoyance and disappointment.
This book will open your eyes to just how complicated, yet chemically simple we humans are.
Explains quite a bit about human nature.
Tired of being told that you're just a wind up toy in a wind up universe? Break out of the causal universe into the realm of the empowered soul with the help of objective data and proven results. You have nothing to lose but your Newtonian shaclkles! Take up arms against the inevitable and embrace the possible!. This well written exposition of the power of intention will make everyone who regrets the loss of personal accountability in the social sphere glad and will point you in the direction of changing your concept of will and empower you to exercise it. Great listen, also. Arthur Morey keeps it interesting.
Bibliophile, nature nut, Kuk Sool Won student, physical therapist, and spaz. I love stories, learning new things, laughing and stretching my heart, mind and body.
I have a passion for neuroscience, so it's the only reason i tolerated the narration, which sounded computer generated. Fascinating material (although a few side jaunts that seemed, well side-tracked). I have told my friends that if i had it to do over, i would borrow the print version from the library.
Experience is a good teacher. This book explains why. OCD patients have a bad habit. This book describes the four step process to break the bad habit. Learn how a stroke patient can regain some lost functionality. Learn how some students with language problems overcame them. Learn what some serious musicians facing career ending decisions done to overcome the struggle.
You could summarize the above in less than 30 minutes. But it would not include the history or the series of scientific experiments that changed the thinking of the scientific community.
Some Christians believe in “free will”. Others believe in predestination. The author makes the case for free will but from a Buddhist perspective.
And while many of the Ten Commandments contain “shall not”, the scriptures also contain some things to do. Philippians 4:8…Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest… think on these things.
Talent is Overrated. Some of the research presented by both books blends together.
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