The Darker the Night, the Brighter the Stars : A Neuropsychologist's Odyssey Through Consciousness
by Paul Broks


Overview - A personal and profound book on consciousness by an acclaimed neuropsychologist, as ambitious as it is timely.

When celebrated neuropsychologist Paul Broks's wife died of cancer, it sent him into a spiral of grief and reflection on what it meant to be human.  Read more...


 
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Overview
A personal and profound book on consciousness by an acclaimed neuropsychologist, as ambitious as it is timely.

When celebrated neuropsychologist Paul Broks's wife died of cancer, it sent him into a spiral of grief and reflection on what it meant to be human. The result is a gorgeous, evocative meditation on consciousness--Oliver Sacks meets Alain de Botton. Told in discrete chapters that combine medicine, psychology, history, myth, memoir, and even fiction, Broks uses every tool at his disposal to build a cumulative portrait of what it means to be conscious, and at its essence what it means to be human. It's a journey that retraces some of Broks's own most fascinating cases as a clinician--patients with brain injuries that revealed something fundamental about how our gray matter gives rise to who we believe ourselves to be.

Using these as a loose arc, Broks weaves together imaginative stories of everything from artificial intelligence to Schopenhauer to the Greek philosophers to jazz guitarist Pat Martino in order to sketch a beautiful, inimitable view of humanness that is as heartbreaking at it is affirming.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780307985798
  • ISBN-10: 0307985792
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group (NY)
  • Publish Date: July 2018
  • Page Count: 336
  • Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds


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