It takes me almost a month to read through this book, on my subway ride to work and back home.
When I started reading, I think the book is just an easy read for killing time on my morning and dusk commute. But I was being ignorantly wrong.
This book is a very comprehensive and articulated introduction to neuroscience on brain plasticity (or neuroplasticity). From theory to experiment, from research review to casting questions waiting to be solved. Norman did an excellent job delivering the past ideas on brain plasticity to every layman readers or greenhorn researchers.
I blamed the book lacking of academic reverence. But the act is neuroplasticity is in its developing stage and has been undergoing a slow revolution in the world still dominated by brain mapping theory--the one theory that has already been affirmed so could be taught in the textbook as something "certain", regardless of its pessimistic influence on uncovering the true biological potential of human being.
Though it is a pure non-fiction, including a massive introduction, interpretation, and analysis of studies done in the past 100 years on human brain, it is also shed a light on people from any humanity domain to rethink what we truly could do. Free will, in the context of brain plasticity, is no long a philosophical topic that allows people holding as simple as dichotomous views zealously arguing on its very existence, but an idea that now we could push forward and ask ourselves through what ways could be achieved.
I love Norman's writing style a lot too. From the beginning to the end, the book has no doubt a very easy read, with sufficient vivid and detailed description, combined with experiments done in the past, anecdotal lives of those great scientists, first hand interview or field work materials.
You read through Norman's book, it is not only the knowledge and idea that you would gain, but also a deep hope and faith towards mankind.
If there is anything I would recommend for both people interested/working in science and humanity domain, I'd say Freud before and for individual case based reading; and Norman for now and for a comprehensive and rooting idea.
Haven't got a chance to sort out my notes. Well this is basically a neuroscience version A Brief History of Time. No need to be prepared, just dive in and have fun:)
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