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Into the magic shop : a neurosurgeon's quest to discover the mysteries of the brain and the secrets of the heart

Author: James R Doty
Publisher: New York : Avery, an imprint of Penguin Random House, [2016] ©2016
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The author relates how a chance encounter in a magic shop with a woman who taught him exercises to ease his sufferings and manifest his greatest desires gave him a glimpse of the relationship between the brain and the heart, and drove him to explore the neuroscience of compassion and altruism.
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Genre/Form: Autobiographies
Biography
Named Person: James R Doty; James R Doty; James R Doty
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: James R Doty
ISBN: 9781594632983 1594632987 9780399577963 0399577963
OCLC Number: 910702478
Description: 276 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: Real magic --
A body at rest --
Thinking about thinking --
Growing pains --
Three wishes --
Apply yourself --
Unacceptable --
It's not brain surgery --
The sultan of nothing --
Giving up --
The alphabet of the heart --
Manifesting compassion --
The face of God.
Responsibility: James R. Doty, MD.
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The author relates how a chance encounter in a magic shop with a woman who taught him exercises to ease his sufferings and manifest his greatest desires gave him a glimpse of the relationship between the brain and the heart, and drove him to explore the neuroscience of compassion and altruism.

Extraordinary things happen when we harness the power of both the brain and the heart. Growing up in the high desert of California, Jim Doty was poor, living with an alcoholic father and a mother chronically depressed and paralyzed by a stroke. Today he is the director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University, of which the Dalai Lama is a founding benefactor. But back then his life was at a dead end-until at the age of twelve when he wandered into a magic shop looking for a plastic thumb. There he met Ruth, a woman who taught him a series of exercises to ease his own suffering and manifest his greatest desires. Her final mandate was that he keep his heart open and teach these techniques to others. Ruth gave Doty his first glimpse of the unique relationship between the brain and the heart. Doty would go on to put Ruth's techniques to work, bringing power and wealth that he could only imagine as a twelve-year-old. But he neglects Ruth's most important lesson, to keep his heart open, with disastrous results-until he has the opportunity to make a spectacular charitable contribution that will virtually ruin him. Part memoir, part science, part inspiration, and part practical instruction, Into the Magic Shop shows us how we can fundamentally change our lives by first changing our brains and our hearts. -- Publisher description.

With an alcoholic father and a depressed mother Doty's life was at a dead end when, at age twelve, he wandered into a magic shop looking for a plastic thumb. Instead he met Ruth, who taught him a series of exercises to ease his own suffering and manifest his greatest desires. She gave him his first glimpse of the unique relationship between the brain and the heart. Part memoir, part science, part inspiration, and part practical instruction, Doty shows us how we can fundamentally change our lives by first changing our brains and our hearts.--

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