Saturday, March 05, 2016

The Man Who Wasn't There: Investigations Into The Strange New Science of The Self - Anil Ananthaswamy

This is a book about research/study of the existence and function of the 'Self'.

This book was in several further reading sections of books I have finished. The title may not convince you but this book is very much grounded in real science, mainly psychology and neuroscience.

The Man Who Wasn't There is a journey through a handful of the major illnesses of the mind/self/brain. It explains the dynamics of Autism, schizophrenia, alzheimer's disease, body integrity identity disorder and several other illnesses that people deal with everyday.

The Author uses real cases that he has worked with and mixed it with other case studies and on going research. The books format in each chapter is mainly several narratives of people living with each illness of which some are very moving. Then the Author moves to the science behind what the patient is going through on a biological/physiological level and finally he touches on the what this information contributes to the controversial idea of the self.

This book is grounded in the big mental illness issues of the world today, giving you a unbiased peek into the life's of people who struggle day to day with illnesses they are either born with or come into play suddenly and change lives for ever.

I enjoyed the actual science behind this book and it taught me a lot about illness I've just glanced over in the past, it was difficult towards the end as the book somewhat wonders deeper into the philosophical/religious aspects of the mind of which I didn't have much interest but that is personal and other readers will enjoy that aspect.

Overall the book contains knowledge I believe everyone should at least have an idea of and though it dips into spirituality when it was stronger in science it was a well rounded book.

8/10

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