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The amazing brain

Author: Robert E Ornstein; Richard F Thompson
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 1984.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The brain is like an old ramshackle house that has been added on to over the years in a rather disorganized fashion. In this book, we look at the architecture of that house, first by taking a tour through the various "rooms" and then by going deeper and deeper into the material with which those rooms are constructed. Later we consider some of the mysteries of the brain and human experience. The drawings and  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Ornstein, Robert E. (Robert Evan), 1942-
Amazing brain.
Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 1984
(OCoLC)622952814
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert E Ornstein; Richard F Thompson
ISBN: 0395354862 9780395354865 0701128348 9780701128340 0701139498 9780701139490
OCLC Number: 10949745
Description: 182 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Contents: The amazing garden, or A romantic view of the evolutionary growth of the brain --
pt. 1: The ramshackle brain: the rooms, columns, bricks, and chemicals. The architecture of the brain --
The sensory brain: the columns of experience --
Neurons: the building blocks of the brain --
The chemical brain: the molecule is the messenger --
A young man recognizes his mother, or a simplified tour of the visual system for the busy reader --
pt. 2: The brain, the mind, and the world they create and remember. Memory: the changing brain --
The divided brain --
The individual brain --
The brain: our health maintenance organization --
A modest proposal, or the planning, construction, and use of a giant brain for the edification and entertainment of us all.
Responsibility: Robert Ornstein and Richard F. Thompson ; illustrated by David Macaulay.

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"The brain is like an old ramshackle house that has been added on to over the years in a rather disorganized fashion. In this book, we look at the architecture of that house, first by taking a tour through the various "rooms" and then by going deeper and deeper into the material with which those rooms are constructed. Later we consider some of the mysteries of the brain and human experience. The drawings and diagrams appearing throughout will help you to visualize some of the more complex aspects of the amazing organ that is the human brain."--[from preface].

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