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"The reader is taken on a fascinating, even exciting, tour of the brain..." -- Chicago Tribune

About the Author

William H. Calvin, Ph.D., is a theoretical neurophysiologist at the University of Washington in Seattle who has written ten books about brains and human evolution.George A. Ojemann, M.D., is a neurosurgeon at the University of Washington who specializes in the language organization of the brain and the surgical treatment of epilepsy.

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  • Paperback: 244 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse (January 21, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0595160476
  • ISBN-13: 978-0595160471
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,996,881 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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William H. Calvin, Ph.D., is a professor emeritus at the University of Washington School of Medicine. He is the author of Global Fever: How to Treat Climate Change (University of Chicago Press 2008, see Global-Fever.org) and thirteen earlier books for general readers. He studies brain circuitry, ape-to-human evolution, climate change, and civilization's vulnerability to abrupt shocks.

In Global Fever, he writes: "The climate doctors have been consulted; the lab reports have come back. Now it's time to pull together the Big Picture and discuss treatment options. At a time when architects are thinking ahead to more efficient buildings and power planners are extolling the virtues of "renewable energy," the climate modelers have discovered that long-term planning will no longer suffice. Our fossil fuel fiasco has already painted us into a corner such that, if we don't make substantial near-term gains before 2020, the long-term is pre-empted, the efforts all for naught. We are already in dangerous territory and have to act quickly to avoid triggering widespread catastrophes. The only good analogy is arming for a great war, doing what must be done regardless of cost and convenience."

His climate talk in Beijing at the Great Hall of the People is available in streaming video as are other recent lectures at NASA and Rice University.

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William H. Calvin (born 1939) is a professor at the University of Washington in Seattle, and a well-known popularizer of neuroscience and evolutionary biology [e.g., Conversations With Neil's Brain: The Neural Nature Of Thought And Language, Lingua ex Machina: Reconciling Darwin and Chomsky with the Human Brain]; George Ojemann was on the faculty of Neurological Surgery at the University of Washington School of Medicine.

The authors state in the Preface to this 1980 book, "This book, however, is not a textbook for such a course.... What this book seeks to accomplish is to convey the sense of adventure felt by those engaging in exploring the brain, to show how human intelligence arises out of the varied specializations of the brain, and to demonstrate that these specialized regions are composed of millions of individual neurons whose electrical and chemical properties can be ananyzed and understood by neuroscientists."

Here are some representative quotations from the book:

"(T)he brain itsef is insensitive to pain or touch; it is not equipped with the skin's type of transducer nerver cells, which specialize in sensing touch."
"New neurons don't grow. Wounded neurons, however, return to duty... Indeed, with recovery after damage to language areas, there is now evidence that neurons on the other side of the brain have acquired such a secondary language function."
"If such REM deprivation is kept up night after night, the subject's daytime performance will deteriorate much more than if the awakening had occurred in deep sleep.
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William H. Calvin (born 1939) is a professor at the University of Washington in Seattle, and a well-known popularizer of neuroscience and evolutionary biology (e.g., see his book The Ascent of Mind: Ice Age Climates and the Evolution of Intelligence, Conversations With Neil's Brain: The Neural Nature Of Thought And Language). George Ojemann was on the faculty of Neurological Surgery at the University of Washington School of Medicine.

The authors state in the Preface to this 1980 book, "This book, however, is not a textbook for such a course.... What this book seeks to accomplish is to convey the sense of adventure felt by those engaging in exploring the brain, to show how human intelligence arises out of the varied specializations of the brain, and to demonstrate that these specialized regions are composed of millions of individual neurons whose electrical and chemical properties can be ananyzed and understood by neuroscientists."

Here are some representative quotations from the book:

"(T)he brain itself is insensitive to pain or touch; it is not equipped with the skin's type of transducer nerver cells, which specialize in sensing touch."
"New neurons don't grow. Wounded neurons, however, return to duty... Indeed, with recovery after damage to language areas, there is now evidence that neurons on the other side of the brain have acquired such a secondary language function."
"If such REM deprivation is kept up night after night, the subject's daytime performance will deteriorate much more than if the awakening had occurred in deep sleep.
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