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The darker the night, the brighter the stars : a neuropsychologist's odyssey through consciousness

Author: Paul Broks; Garry Kennard
Publisher: New York : Crown, [2018] ©2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First American editionView all editions and formats
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"When celebrated neuropsychologist Paul Broks's wife died of cancer, it sparked a journey of grief and reflection that traced a lifelong attempt to understand how the brain gives rise to the soul. The result of that journey is a gorgeous, evocative meditation on fate, death, consciousness, and what it means to be human. The Darker the Night, The Brighter the Stars weaves a scientist's understanding of the mind--its
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Genre/Form: Biography
Autobiographies
Personal Narrative
Nonfiction
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Broks, Paul.
Darker the night, the brighter the stars.
New York : Crown, 2018
(DLC) 2018017108
Named Person: Paul Broks; Paul Broks; Paul Broks
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Paul Broks; Garry Kennard
ISBN: 9780307985798 0307985792 9780307985811 0307985814
OCLC Number: 1031042066
Notes: "Originally published in hardcover in Great Britain by Allen Lane, an imprint of Penguin Press, a division of Penguin Random House, Ltd., London, in 2018."
Description: xiii, 319 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: A grief observed --
A thousand red butterflies --
Into the labyrinth.
Responsibility: Paul Broks ; with drawings by Garry Kennard.

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"When celebrated neuropsychologist Paul Broks's wife died of cancer, it sparked a journey of grief and reflection that traced a lifelong attempt to understand how the brain gives rise to the soul. The result of that journey is a gorgeous, evocative meditation on fate, death, consciousness, and what it means to be human. The Darker the Night, The Brighter the Stars weaves a scientist's understanding of the mind--its logic, its nuance, how we think about what makes a person--with a poet's approach to humanity, that crucial and ever-elusive why. It's a story that unfolds through the centuries, along the path of humankind's constant quest to discover what makes us human, and the answers that consistently slip out of our grasp. It's modern medicine and psychology and ancient tales; history and myth combined; fiction and the stranger truth. But, most importantly, it's Broks's story, grounded in his own most fascinating cases as a clinician--patients with brain injuries that revealed something fundamental about the link between the raw stuff of our bodies and brains and the ineffable selves we take for who we are. Tracing a loose arc of loss, acceptance, and renewal, he unfolds striking, imaginative stories of everything from Schopenhauer to the Greek philosophers to jazz guitarist Pat Martino in order to sketch a multifaceted view of humanness that is as heartbreaking at it is affirming"--

"A personal and profound book on the mysteries at the core of our humanness by an acclaimed neuropsychologist, as ambitious as it is timely"--

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