Loved the acronym, LIFEMORT. Loved the description of the unconscious because I use my sub-conscious to solve problems (particularly when I write). Dr. Field’s book validated my experience. I am surprised at the blind woman who could see tactilely. This book is amazing – BUT – the chapter “A World of Trouble” was a major turn-off for me. Suddenly the tone of the book changed from awe inspiring, scientifically informative into a diatribe regarding evil humans. I found the transition to be shocking; a Dr. Jekyll, Mr. Hyde thing. Icky. It was overly done.
I’m very intrigued with the authors’ comments about brain functioning regarding love, altruism, meditation and spiritual faith. Also fear. Very much enjoyed the Navy Seals, downhill skiing and the gut/intuitive “knowledge” that results in a decision that saves lives. Wow-factor here. I’ll be pondering these things more.
I enjoyed his comments regarding H.G. Wells and Mahatma Gandhi. I liked the chapters “A Community Without Rage” and “Change” because these chapters are hopeful and they make sense.
This powerful book makes me question the value of psychology. Instead, I think I like this alternative view that explains a lot of what’s happening biologically. Can we choose? In many cases we can choose.
It’s thought provoking and in-depth. I learned a lot about brain functioning. A palm slap to my forehead, “Ah, THATs what’s happening!” I can make other choices now: Maybe use another communication paradigm. Or step back and observe what is happening in an event with a probability attached to it. Things like that.
This is a good read. A “keeper” in my personal library because it’s a book I will reference many times.
Note: Footnote indexes are missing in chapters.