The River of Consciousness
by Oliver Sacks
Editor: Pan MacMillan
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In his previous books, Oliver Sacks had addressed the issue of the brain and mind through the prism of case histories of people with neurological disorders.Recently, however, it has been to reflect on his experiences with such patients in the context of a lifetime of medical practice, and in light of recent neuroscience evidence and theories.The River of Consciousness will be broader and more direct to the way the brain and spirit of work, as always, incorporating sacks’ rich historical heritage and personal context.Advances in neuroscience have revolutionized our ability to visualize the brain in actionFor the first time, we are able to bridge the gap between the philosophical questions that have consumed the world of thinkers since the twentieth century and the true physiological foundation of perception and consciousness.In The River of Consciousness, Sacs will examine the questions of memory, time and consciousness.How do we think, how can we rememberDifferent people have different speeds or ways of thinkingMemory is reliableHow the neural correlates of memory differ for true and false memoriesHow can we construct our sense of time, our visual world?What is consciousness, neurologically speaking,And above all, what is creativityBags completed the search for this book before his death, and with instructions on how it was to be set up.It is a remarkable achievement of a lifetime of research on how the brain works.
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