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The Plastic Mind: New science reveals our extraordinary potential to transform ourselves Paperback – October 1, 2007
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Sharon Begley is the science columnist at Newsweek magazine. She is also the co-author with Jeffrey Schwartz of The Mind and The Brain that explores a similar theme to that in this book. The book grew out of a seminar of leading neuroscientists meeting in Dharamsala, India, at the home of the present Dalai Lama, who wrote the Foreword to the book.
The main theme of the book, as is obvious from the title, is that the functions of the human brain and mind are not totally prescribed genetically at birth. This should have been apparent centuries ago as it was obvious that we all learn innumerable things as we grow older. So the brain could not possibly be a wholly static organ. Eastern meditative practices in particular have long been known to alter perceptions in the physical body - resistance to heat and cold, ability to go without food or sleep, etc. This book describes the extent of this neuroplasticity and how it can be developed.
After the introductory chapter we are regaled with the disturbing details of the experiments performed on the so-called Silver Spring monkeys - experiments that triggered the animal rights movement. Moving on, the next two chapters deal with the presentations from two of the five distinguished neuroscientists at the gathering: Fred Gage and Helen Neville. After two chapters dealing with the neuroplasticity theme and the contributions made by other scientists, we have three more chapters devoted each in turn to the three remaining guest speakers: Michael Meaney, Phillip Shaver and Richard Davidson.Read more ›
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