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Mind Wide Open: Your Brain and the Neuroscience of Everyday Life (Anglais) Relié – 16 février 2004

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"Mind Wide Open is a lucid and engaging travelogue from the frontiers of human brain science."
-- Steven Pinker, author of The Blank Slate and How the Mind Works

"Celebrates the brain's complexity and wonder even as it demonstrates that you can get to know your mind better than you ever thought."
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In this nationally bestselling, compulsively readable account of what makes brain science a vital component of people's quest to know themselves, acclaimed science writer Steven Johnson subjects his own brain to a battery of tests to find out what's really going on inside. He asks:
  • How do we "read" other people?

  • What is the neurochemistry behind love and sex?

  • What does it mean that the brain is teeming with powerful chemicals closely related to recreational drugs?

  • Why does music move us to tears?

  • Where do breakthrough ideas come from?

Johnson answers these and many more questions arising from the events of our everyday lives. You do not have to be a neuroscientist to wonder, for example, why do you smile? And why do you sometimes smile inappropriately, even if you don't want to? How do others read your inappropriate smile? How does such interplay occur neurochemically, and what, if anything, can you do about it?
Fascinating and rewarding, Mind Wide Open speaks to brain buffs, self-obsessed neurotics, barstool psychologists, mystified parents, grumpy spouses, exasperated managers, and anyone who enjoys speculating and gossiping about the motivations and behaviors of other human beings. Steven Johnson shows us the transformative power of understanding brain science and offers new modes of introspection and tools for better parenting, better relationships, and better living. --Ce texte fait référence à une édition épuisée ou non disponible de ce titre.

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 An Enlightening Introduction to What is Really Going On in your Brain 27 mars 2014
Par Charles C. Dickinson III - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
Like Steven Johnson's earler book "Emergence," his "Mind Wide Open" is one of those books wished for by every aficionado whose interest in, not to say passion for science exceeds his expertise in the subject treated or science in general. Like "emergence" and related subjects "self-organization" and "complexity," so likewise "neuroscience" is one of those more recently fascinating but too often mysterious areas of science which, just a few decades ago, had not even been heard of beyond a small circle of passionate fanatics. What neuroscience has discovered is that every "movement" of our psyche, whether conscious or unconscious, rational or emotional, is accompanied not to say caused by a physical, electro-chemical movement in our brain, detectable by CAT scans, fMRI scans etc. Now indeed, "neuro-science" has gotten a bad name among many, being regarded as reducing all thoughts, ideas, feelings etc. to "nothing but" electro-chemistry in the brain, even as some early 20th-century scientists reduced "love" to mere "chemistry," etc. But such reductionism is by no means necessary, being more a philo-sophical than a scientific conception. But Johnson's "Mind Wide Open," by giving you and enlightening but painless introduction to neuro-science, will enable you to leave all such worries about "reductionism" far behnd you. It cannot be too highly recommended.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 How and why the brain sciences can help to "open wide the mind's caged door" 30 avril 2012
Par Robert Morris - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
I read this book before Steven Johnson's later works, The Ghost Map (2006) and Where Good Ideas Come From (2011) and then re-read it recently, before composing this commentary. Because Johnson is a very serious thinker with an almost insatiable curiosity, he devotes uncommon time and thought to what he writes and how well he writes it, drawing heavily on a wealth of secondary sources that he duly acknowledges. In this book, there are generously annotated notes (Pages 217-255) and an extensive bibliography (Pages 257-262). Other reviews have offered insightful reasons for holding this book in high regard. I agree with those reasons and see no need to recycle them now.

Here in Dallas, there is a Farmer's Market near the downtown area where several merchants offer slices of fresh fruit as samples of their wares. In that same spirit, I offer a selection of brief passages representative of the high quality of Johnson's skills.

"Unlike so many technoscientific advances, the brain sciences and their imaging technologies are, almost by definition, a kind of mirror. They capture what our brains are doing and reflect that information back to us. You gaze into the glass, and the reflection says to you, `Here is your brain.' This book is the story of my journey into that mirror." (Page 17)

"The attention system works as a kind of assembly line: higher-level functions are built on top of lower-level functions. So if you have problems encoding, you'll almost certainly have problems with supervisory attention. When people notice attention impairments, they're usually detecting problems with the focus/execute or supervisory levels, but the original source of the problem may well be farther down the chain, or it might be localized to a particular sensory channel." (Page 93)

"Understanding the roots of laughter requires a kind of hybrid of the Darwinian and Freudian models. We laugh primarily because laughter is a crucial component of the emotional glue that connects parent and child during the vulnerable years of development. Children who laugh and roughhouse and tickle with their guardians create powerful bonds of affection with those grown-ups, and the bonds help them survive." (Page 127)

"For reasons probably both generic and cultural, I am not much of a mystic, but these flashes of insight [while writing this book] were the closest thing I had to the experience of mysticism. These sparks were the transcendence that Keats sought when he commanded us to `open wide the mind's caged doors.'"

Note: The quotation is from the beginning of John Keats's poem, "Fancy":

"Ever let the Fancy roam,
Pleasure never is at home'
At a touch sweet Pleasure melteth,
Like to bubbles when rain pelteth;
Then let winged Fancy wander'
Through the thought still spread beyond her:
Open wide the mind's caged-door
She'll dart forth, and cloudward soar."

"To me, one of the most moving discoveries in the brain sciences - after a century f Darwinian conflict and Oedipal struggle - has been the emerging understanding of the brain's affiliative systems. Our brains are designed to love and connect as much as they are designed to flee and fight." (Page 264)

To his great credit, Steven Johnson relies on layman terms (to the extent possible) to explain the neurological context of dozens of everyday situations. For example, How to "read" people accurately? Why and how do we devise self-delusions? How to explain what I characterize as "the invisibility of the obvious"? What is the neurochemistry behind love, hate, joy, rage, and other extreme emotions? With what does a brain "teem"? Why and how can great works of art (painting, sculpture, music, ballet) move us to tears? And in anticipation of a book Johnson wrote years later, where do breakthrough ideas originate?

Those who share my high regard for this book are urged to read Steven Johnson's later works as well as Daniel Kahneman's Thinking, Fast and Slow, Gerald Edelman's Bright Air, Brilliant Fire, Charles Duhigg's The Power of Habit, and Jonah Lehrer's Imagine.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 ever catch yourself not acting like yourself or someone you thought you knew really well ... 13 août 2015
Par mark lyon - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
ever catch yourself not acting like yourself or someone you thought you knew really well doing something you couldn't imagine ever wonder why you can sometimes intuit whats around you with almost nothing to go on ever wonder how great philosophers psycologisys or religious thinkers seem to be so right and so wrong at the same time this book will give you a clue
4.0 étoiles sur 5 The Wide-Open Field of Neuroscience 1 mars 2007
Par Howard Goldowsky - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
This is not a technical science book. It is a work of narrative non-fiction that profiles a tool every one of us has: the brain. Johnson provides an excellent layman's understanding about the way the brain works. He subjects himself to all kinds of neurological tests (like any good journalist covering the brain should), and writes about his experiences. Johnson tries out neuralfeedback helmets, takes an fMRI brain scan, talks to "mind-reading" experts, and tries out many other things. The author is obviously fascinated by the brain and its abilites, and this fascination comes through in the writing. After reading Mind Wide Open I have been motivated to dig deeper into this fascinating subject. If you treat this book as a primer on the fascinating world of neuroscience, you can't go wrong.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Definitely an interesting read. 11 juillet 2015
Par Teresa Obenauf - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
This has actually provided more questions and introduced me to areas I hadn't considered, more paths to investigate. It's one that I will have to read more than once so I continue to follow what I haven't completely grasped. If you are curious about the brain at all, this is a solid good read!
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