The Three-Pound Universe

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9780025536807: The Three-Pound Universe

New York: Macmillan, 1986. 1st Printing, Hardbound, about 9.5 inches tall, 410 pages. Glossary, bibliography, index.

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Current scientific orthodoxy asserts that the human brain is like a computer, but the authors and many of the 175 brain scientists they interviewed are not so sure. This intriguing survey features distinguished researchers who throw their scientific weight behind the idea that the mind is more than the brain. Omni science writers Hooper and Teresi let the chips fall as they may. They charge that human-potential gurus who tout the cerebral right hemisphere as the "creative" half of the brain are oversimplifying split-brain theory. Their interview with Harvard sleep researchers suggests that a drastic revision of Freud's dream theory is in order. A kaleidoscopic array of investigations deals with the role of chemical messengers in mental illness, how electrical stimulation can shut off the brain's fear/rage switch, multiple personalities, chimpanzee vocabulary, amnesia and more. The book's second half explores the outer frontiers of current brain research, including studies of hallucination, near-death experiences and the theory of brain as hologram. An exciting, open-minded, state-ofthe-art brain scanone of the best books of its kind. First serial to Omni and New Age; Natural Science Book Club alternate.
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From Library Journal:

Hooper and Teresi of Omni magazine offer the general reader an excellent survey of neuroscience, based on interviews with major figures on the cutting edge of research. This is exciting reading about a world of fast-breaking discoveries, the underlying theme of which is the search for the basis of consciousness: the mind/brain relationship. The authors engage the reader's interest with their clear presentation of the "hard" science of the brainanatomy, physiology, chemistrywithout compromising the complexity of the many new findings. The more subjective areasaltered states, dreams, near-death reports, etc.get, perhaps, more space than they warrant, but these do appeal to most readers. Highly recommended for general collections. Macmillan Natural Science Book Club alternate. George Adelman, Editor, "Encyclopedia of Neuroscience"
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