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The Mind and the Brain Audiobook

The Mind and the Brain: Neuroplasticity and the Power of Mental Force

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Publisher's Summary

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.

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©2002 Jeffrey M. Schwartz and Sharon Begley (P)2011 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Ben 11-13-15
    Ben 11-13-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Mostly disappointing"
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    The premise here is based on a very shaky link between quantum mechanics and the mind. It's an attempt to smuggle Cartesian dualism back into the world through the back door of physics. Most neuroscientists dismiss the quantum brain theory which boils down to the following claim: the mind is not produced by the brain but by quantum states. This borders on magic. Apart from the first couple of chapters on mindfulness and attention, which I found interesting, the author creates an argument that is a huge stretch. He delves into enormous and unnecessary detail, like an account of animal cruelty in a lab. I don't recommend this book. Another Audible book - The Ravenous Brain - does a great job debunking the quantum mind theory, and that's where I would direct other Audible clients.

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    Dan 08-28-15
    Dan 08-28-15 Member Since 2016
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    "I'll need to pay more attention next time."

    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.

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    Jesse 05-08-15
    Jesse 05-08-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Great but long."

    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.

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    Barbara J. Anderson Huntington Beach, Ca 03-11-13
    Barbara J. Anderson Huntington Beach, Ca 03-11-13 Member Since 2015

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    "Very well researched"

    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.

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    onniebaldwin 01-14-13
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    "Fabulous book"
    What did you love best about The Mind and the Brain?

    This book explains the connection between the mind and the brain. It's full of information about how the brain functions.


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    Mrs. Bliss 01-08-13
    Mrs. Bliss 01-08-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Only read if you are a Neuroscience junkie."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    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.


    Has The Mind and the Brain turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    He's a little dry. I know the material is very dry, but adding more inflection might have helped keep me engaged.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Annoyance and disappointment.


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    Sharon Bridgewater, MA, United States 12-28-12
    Sharon Bridgewater, MA, United States 12-28-12
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    "A must read for educators"
    If you could sum up The Mind and the Brain in three words, what would they be?

    This book will open your eyes to just how complicated, yet chemically simple we humans are.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Explains quite a bit about human nature.


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    Amazon Customer Prairie Village, KS USA 11-19-13
    Amazon Customer Prairie Village, KS USA 11-19-13 Member Since 2005

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    "Free Will Makes a Comeback"

    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.

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    Ann MANITO, IL, United States 04-22-13
    Ann MANITO, IL, United States 04-22-13 Member Since 2012

    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.

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    "Only got through it because it was interesting."
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    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.

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    Donald Asheville, NC, United States 03-06-13
    Donald Asheville, NC, United States 03-06-13 Member Since 2009
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    What did you love best about The Mind and the Brain?

    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.


    What other book might you compare The Mind and the Brain to and why?

    Talent is Overrated. Some of the research presented by both books blends together.


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