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"[A] thoughtful, accessible look into neuropsychology ... Bringing to his investigations an easygoing style enlivened with great enthusiasm, Broks entices readers to follow him further into the unknown region of human consciousness. His writing is leavened with wit and quirky personal tales that add a warm touch."

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Atlantic Monthly Press; New edition edition (April 13, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802141285
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802141286
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #682,328 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 30, 2010
The back of my copy has this blurb from the San Fran Chronicle: "In the interlocking essays that blend brilliantly recounted episodes with questioning, sometimes troubling internal meditations..."

I have to disagree. This book struck me as a jumbled piece of work. Yeah, the chapters were all written by the same guy, and generally they were about cases he dealt as a neuropsychologist, but there was no flow to the book, no organization. Each chapter/section (whatever) reads like a standalone magazine or web article - often glib, straining for effect in hopes of getting a better page count.

Also, I found many of the articles to be contrived. One was set up as a Science Fiction story and the author uses the concept of teleportation to talk about two theories of self - Ego theory and Bundle theory. In another Broks pretends to talk to a brain in a jar named Harry. In another a student brings up the idea of doing research on body modification and the author goes home and discusses the subject with his wife:

".. What might a little body art do for me? I tell my wife I am thinking of having my penis tattooed.
'What do you have in mind?'
'Woverhampton Wanderers.'
She looks at me. 'Or maybe just Wolves.'"

The chapter ends with that, a penis joke. Ugh.

Broks is apparently an accomplished neuropsychologist - he's the 'Senior Clinical Lecturer and Honorary Consultant at Derriford Hospital, Plymouth', according to the back of the book, and from the interior of the book you can tell he's seen alot of interesting cases and the book gives you some taste of that.

Overall though - he tries too hard to be clever and ends up being annoying. Which is unfortunate. There's great material here, I was just hoping for more substantive reading.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By N. Mozahem on January 1, 2010
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The first half of this book is really confusing. The reader will have a hard time trying to figure out what this book is about. Is it about philosophy? Neurology? Or is it a journal? Well, the book is a little of everything and this poses a great problem. It is a very short book and so I don't think that all the above can be included in it without having a negative effect on the book's clarity, which was the case here. Some of the cases mentioned in the book are really interesting, but it was disappointing to see that not much attention was paid to them because the author always seems to drift into a separate world. The book was saved by the last fifty pages where most of the ideas start falling together to build a more coherent picture. One of the best parts of the book was the extra readings section because the author mentions many books on the subject. I just hope that the books that he mentions are a little more focused than this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By cassdog on November 11, 2010
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Paul Broks' `Into the Silent Land' is a collection of essays, some with connecting themes and stories and other that seem like stand-alone essays. All deal with the deeper questions of what it means to be human in an age of advanced neuroscience research. In a time when the idea of a ghost in a machine and a soul are discarded notions, what does it mean to be an `I'. How does our mind work, when there is no central controller? These are all fascinating and unsettling questions which the author tackles with great clinical and philosophical insight. I found his premises to be reasonable, honest and not cherry-coated. His discussion of what really controls our actions, thoughts and behaviors comes closer to understanding the human condition than any other book I have read. If you looked at the human brain closely you would only find a series of similar neuronal cells passing electrical currents between cells. But when you zoom out, somehow all these simple processes create a brilliant consciousness. The author rightly points out that much complicated machinery would look simple if viewed up close and it is the complex arrangement which makes the process so advanced. The other eerie finding is that the human brain decides to act before we are conscious of the decision to act. The human mind is a self-perpetuating machine and our conscious experience of it, is simply a story that we tell ourselves to create coherence. The author delves in to these facts and comes up with stunning insights. This is a great, dark neuroscience masterpiece and I highly recommend it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B. M. Wilbur on February 22, 2009
"Into the Silent Land" was both entertaining and informative. Something you don't get very often with books on such daunting topics such as neuropsychology. Broks years of clinical research have been brought to life with a richness and provocation that impels me to search deeper, even within myself, if I have one after reading this book. I typically don't like clinical analysis, especially about brain damage, but this book was so well written, in both narrative and first person dialogue, that I was able to connect with the patients and still maintain the critique of the theories on brain, mind and consciousness. I especially enjoyed his thoughts on the "all-seeing eye" and the four-sided pyramid on the dollar bill, and how he used it to study the four side of the identity issue: brain, mind, self, and society.
My only issue was that his sense of humor and what I perceived to be sarcasm sometimes were difficult to interpret. Maybe it's the English way? Some of these I got, but some got in the way of my really understanding what side he was really on between the dualists, materialists, and mysterians. Perhaps he did that on purpose. Truly, for what I got out the text, it doesn't matter what his opinion is, that in itself would have only gotten in the way of making my own assumptions.
I first borrowed this book from the library to read, but intend to buy a copy for my future reference. I would like to read it again in a couple months.
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