LeDoux believes the answer rests in the synapses, key players in the brain's intricately designed communication system. In other words, the pathways by which a person's "hardwired" responses (nature) mesh with his or her unique life experiences (nurture) determine that person's individuality. Here, LeDoux nimbly compresses centuries of philosophy, psychology, and biology into an amazingly clear picture of humanity's journey toward understanding the self.
Equally readable is his comprehensive science lesson, where detailed circuit speak reads like an absorbing--yet often humorous--mystery novel. Skillfully presenting research studies and findings alongside their various implications, LeDoux makes a solid case for accepting a synaptic explanation of existence and provides to the reader generous helpings of knowledge, amusement, and awe along the way. --Liane Thomas --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Very well written and easy to follow, but requires an invested person to absorb all the information--in other words, this is not a light read! Read morePublished 5 days ago by Dante
Old book, old knowledge.
The author lost me at page 4 when he goes on to say that the brain is different at birth based on genetics. Read more
According to Shakespeare, the brain is the ''The souls frail dwelling house'' (King John. Act 5, Scene 7). Read morePublished 4 months ago by Simon Laub
A very good book for the layman. The science and termimology can be a bit overwhelming at times, but this book presents the infinite complexity of the brain and the synaptic... Read morePublished 4 months ago by James R. Cook III
Innovative and pivotal book on theme and area that is only in it first steps. Thanks.Published 6 months ago by Moshe Fruktman
Once again, author and neuroscientist Joseph LeDoux successfully takes his readers on a journey to explore the foundations of brain and behavior. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Alex
great presentation of the complex mystery of neurons, synapses, learning, chemistry, genes and memory. answered a lot of gnawing questions about our gray matterPublished 18 months ago by Jonathan Sand