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Unthinkable: An Extraordinary Journey Through the World's Strangest Brains

Helen Thomson
Format
Book
Published
New York, NY : Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2018]
Edition
First U.S. edition
Language
English
Variant Title
Extraordinary journey through the world's strangest brains
ISBN
9780062391162, 006239116X
Summary
"Award-winning science writer Helen Thomson unlocks the biggest mysteries of the human brain by examining nine extraordinary cases." -- Book jacket.
"Our brains are more extraordinary--and far stranger--than we think. We take it for granted that we can remember, feel emotion, navigate, empathize, and understand the world around us, but how would our lives change if these abilities were dramatically enhanced--or disappeared overnight? Helen Thomson has spent years traveling the world, tracking down incredibly rare brain disorders. In Unthinkable she tells the stories of nine extraordinary people she encountered along the way. From the man who thinks he's a tiger, to the doctor who feels the pain of others just by looking at them, to a woman who hears music that's not there, their experiences illustrate how the brain can shape our lives in unexpected and, in some cases, brilliant and alarming ways. Story by remarkable story, Unthinkable takes us on an unforgettable journey through the human brain. Discover how to forge memories that never disappear, how to grow an alien limb, and how to make better decisions. Learn how to hallucinate, and how to make yourself happier in a split second. Find out how to avoid getting lost, how to see more of your reality, even how exactly you can confirm you are alive. Think the unthinkable."--Dust jacket.
Contents
  • Introduction: The strange life of the brain
  • Bob: never forgetting a moment
  • Sharon: Being permanently lost
  • Rubén: seeing auras
  • Tommy: switching personalities
  • Sylvia: an endless hallucination
  • Matar: turning into a tiger
  • Louise: becoming unreal
  • Graham: waking up dead
  • Joel: feeling other people's pain
  • Conclusion: Nothing is unthinkable.
Description
275 pages ; 24 cm
Notes
Includes bibliographical references (pages 255-263) and index.
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