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The Wisdom Paradox: How Your Mind Can Grow Stronger As Your Brain Grows Older Paperback – February 16, 2006
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From the Back Cover
Praise for The Wisdom Paradox:
"Impressive. . . Wide-ranging. . . . The Wisdom Paradox makes a compelling case for the possibility of maintaining a sharp mind far into old age."
KENNETH SILBER, SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN MIND
"Good news: Our brains can and do improve with age. The evidence Goldberg presents is thorough and indisputable . . . Informative and entertaining."
Diane Stressing, The Plain Dealer (Cleveland)
"[A] graceful exposition of the latest findings in developmental neuropsychology, brain mapping, and computational neuroscience. . . Goldberg overturns stale assumptions about the different functions of the two sides of the brain and about the roles of the frontal lobes. . . It is still cheering, in an era that worships youth, to be reminded that age can bring its own intellectual gifts."
Emma Crichton-Miller, The Telegraph (London)
"The Wisdom Paradox is unusually easy and enjoyable to read for a book loaded with information and ideas about the brain. . . [Goldberg] is a gifted explicator and a talented writer."
"A book of wise reflections on the gains, not the losses, that come to the older human mind. Here is a valuable addition to the literature on aging."
ANTONIO R. DAMASIO, AUTHOR OF DESCARTES ERROR, THE FEELING OF WHAT HAPPENS, AND LOOKING FOR SPINOZA
About the Author
Elkhonon Goldberg is the author of The Executive Brain and is a clinical professor of neurology at the New York University School of Medicine. He is in private practice in neuropsychology and is an active researcher in the field of cognitive neuroscience.
On the web: http://www.elkhonongoldberg.com/
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Goldberg, who was the great Luria's student and collaborator, is even more colorful and fun to read than the master. He is egocentric, abrasive, opinionated, and colorful. He is also disdainful of the conventional beliefs in neurosciences --for instance he is suspicious of the assignment of specific functions, such as language, to anatomical regions. He is also skeptical of the journalistic "triune" brain. His theory is that the hemispheric specialization is principally along pattern matching and information processing lines:the left side stores patterns, while the right one processes novel tasks. It is convincing to see that children suffer more from a right brain injury, while adults have the opposite effect.
There is a little bit of open plugging of Goldberg's for-profit institute;he would have gotten better results by being subtle. A fre minor points. I did not understand why Goldberg discusses "modularity", of which he is critical, as if it were the same thing in both neurobiology and in cognitive science. In neurobiology, modularity implies regional localization, while cognitive scientists (Marr, Fodor, etc.) make no such assumption: for them it is entirely functional and they would be in great agreement with Goldberg. Also I did not understand why he attributes the language instinct to Pinker, not Chomsky, and why he makes snide remarks about behavioral scientists like Kahneman and Tversky. But these are very minor details that do not weaken the message (I still gave the book 5 stars). I am now spoiled; I need more essays by opinionated, original,and intellectual, contemporary scientists.
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