We Are Our Brains: A Neurobiography of the Brain, from the Womb to Alzheimer's

  • Title: We Are Our Brains: A Neurobiography of the Brain, from the Womb to Alzheimer's
  • Author: Dick Swaab D.F. Swaab Jane Hedley-Prole
  • ISBN: 9780812992960
  • Page: 455
  • Format: Hardcover
  • We Are Our Brains A Neurobiography of the Brain from the Womb to Alzheimer s A vivid account of what makes us human Based groundbreaking new research We Are Our Brains is a sweeping biography of the human brain from infancy to adulthood to old age Renowned neuroscientist D F
    A vivid account of what makes us human Based groundbreaking new research, We Are Our Brains is a sweeping biography of the human brain, from infancy to adulthood to old age Renowned neuroscientist D F Swaab takes us on a guided tour of the intricate inner workings that determine our potential, our limitations, and our desires, with each chapter serving as an eye openiA vivid account of what makes us human Based groundbreaking new research, We Are Our Brains is a sweeping biography of the human brain, from infancy to adulthood to old age Renowned neuroscientist D F Swaab takes us on a guided tour of the intricate inner workings that determine our potential, our limitations, and our desires, with each chapter serving as an eye opening window on a different stage of brain development the gender differences that develop in the embryonic brain, what goes on in the heads of adolescents, how parenthood permanently changes the brain Moving beyond pure biological understanding, Swaab presents a controversial and multilayered ethical argument surrounding the brain Far from possessing true free will, Swaab argues, we have very little control over our everyday decisions, or who we will become, because our brains predetermine everything about us, long before we are born, from our moral character to our religious leanings to whom we fall in love with And he challenges many of our prevailing assumptions about what makes us human, decoding the intricate moral networks that allow us to experience emotion, revealing maternal instinct to be the result of hormonal changes in the pregnant brain, and exploring the way that religious imprinting shapes the brain during childhood Rife with memorable case studies, We Are Our Brains is already a bestselling international phenomenon It aims to demystify the chemical and genetic workings of our most mysterious organ, in the process helping us to see who we are through an entirely new lens Did you know The father s brain is affected in pregnancy as well as the mother s The withdrawal symptoms we experience at the end of a love affair mirror chemical addiction Growing up bilingual reduces the likelihood of Alzheimer s Parental religion is imprinted on our brains during early development, much as our native language is.

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    About Dick Swaab D.F. Swaab Jane Hedley-Prole


    1. Also publishes under the name D.F Swaab for Elsevier and Spiegel Grau.


    616 Comments


    1. Найкрутіша книжка, яку я останнім часом прочитала. Все, що мене цікавило завжди. Тільки до цієї книжки я визбирувала цю інформацію по численним статтям і тед-промовах нейробіологів. Дік Свааб майже 30 років керував Нідерландським інститутом головного мозку. Дуже круто, ніяк [...]

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    2. 'Wij zijn ons brein', van de titel gaat als iets provocerends en belerends uit. En inderdaad, Swaab vreest de discussie niet. Sterker nog, hij pronkt graag met de negatieve - en vaak idiote - reacties die hij gehad heeft op vorige onderzoeken. Ook op dit boek is uiteraard weer felle kritiek gekomen, wat Swaab al had kunnen verwachten, omdat iedereen die aan fundamentele geloven van de mens komt (vrije wil, religie, etc.) een bak kritiek over zich heen zal krijgen. Ik vind het dapper van Swaab da [...]

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    3. I don’t particularly argue with the premise of this, but the constant emphasis on how everything is pre-determined for us before we’re even born… I prefer to live my life as if I have free choices, as if I’m a unique person formed by all sorts of circumstances over time, not just by stress chemicals my mother released while I was gestating. As if I’m responsible for, if not what I am, then what I do with what I am. Swaab’s research removes even that responsibility, if you follow it l [...]

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    4. Спершу не дуже - багато банальностей щодо гомосексуалістів, про кримінал, про мозок зародків.Але в книзі трапляються дуже круті знахідки про мозок! Ці факти відкладаються в голові, вони вражаючі.Наприкінці прочитання починаєш пояснювати ті чи інші дії, рухи, сценації людей [...]

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    5. Rather than really being a 3 star book, this is one of those annoying hybrids: at times a good 4 star read, at others a rather poorly edited 2 star book. If you are interested in the state of brain research and brain theory a worthwhile read for the information, but one I found at times quite irritating. Swaab's claim that we are our brains does not sound like anything particularly controversial when you start - it would be the same claim of many modern thinkers and scientists. Where Swaab diffe [...]

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    6. bookreviewsbyme2.wordpressMy overall impression of this book was that I truly enjoyed it, yet when I pick things apart I discover that this book isn’t as great as I thought it was.There are many fantastic facts presented in this book. I found myself constantly highlighting information that I wanted to remember at a later date. I also found myself sharing the facts I had highlighted with my family and friends (much to their annoyance as there were a lot of facts to share).Yet although there wer [...]

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    7. Hoe moeilijk en ingewikkeld kun je iets omschrijven? Dit boek was voornamelijk het aanprijzen van eigen werk en het werk van vrienden, herhaaldelijk! Als je geen medische achtergrond hebt dan is dit boek niet te begrijpen.

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    8. Veel opgestoken over de werking van het brein. Dochter Maya, psycholoog in wording, vertelde me dat in de lessen wordt gezegd dat Dick Swaab sterk overdrijft als hij al onze gedragingen toeschrijft aan onze hersenen. Kan zijn, maar hij slaagt er toch in om de theorieën die het tegendeel beweren te weerleggen. Volgens hem bestaat vrije wil niet. Wat mij perplex achterlaat is de vaststelling dat het merendeel van ons karakter al vastligt van bij de geboorte. Dat onze genen, die negen maanden in d [...]

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    9. Het is een heel interessant boek om te lezen en het geeft je vooral goede inzichten waardoor mensen zich kunnen gedragen zoals ze doen en waarom ze zich kunnen ontwikkelen tot hoe ze zijn. Swaab is echter iemand die inzichten brengt als vaststaande feiten terwijl iedereen weet dat vooral op het gebied van de neurologie nog heel veel niet vaststaat. Hij zou op zijn minst wat ruimte voor discussie kunnen openlaten. Als je hem nu moet geloven dan kunnen alle gevangenissen beter omgeturnd kunnen wor [...]

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    10. Brain science is a fascinating topic, and as I started reading this book I was thinking it would be a four-star. The first few chapters read like a slightly more technical Oliver Sacks, where the author describes various strange brain conditions. Swaab's worldview is materialist/reductionist, which becomes increasingly obvious as the book moves forward. The chapter on sexual orientation was particularly interesting; I liked learning about how much and what parts of the brain develop still in the [...]

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    11. Цікава книга про мозок. Дуже, дуже багато цікавих фактів про мозок, про різні хвороби та проблеми в суспільстві, що пов'язані з мозком, та поведінку в цілому. Невеличкий мінус книги, що її трохи важкувато читати, - книга сповнена різноманітними термінами, які досить складні т [...]

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    12. Uno dei maggiori neurologi del mondo, Dick Swaab, racconta in modo affascinante e con un linguaggio accessibile a tutti le infinite implicazioni e influenze del cervello sulla personalità umana.Quattrocento pagine abbondanti decisamente interessanti che cercano di dare una spiegazione ai tanti dilemmi e misteri della vita quotidiana, dalla morale, alla memoria, alla religione la quale “pur avendo costituito un indiscutibile vantaggio evolutivo, non ha contribuito a un miglioramento assoluto d [...]

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    13. Dit is een geval van ken je vijand. Ik ben nu halverwege en inderdaad is het wat ik er van verwacht had. Het idee dat je gehele persoonlijkheid voorkomt uit het brein lijkt een aantrekkelijk idee, maar gaat geheel en al voorbij aan de mogelijke sociale en maatschappelijke invloeden die niet in het brein zijn vast gelegd zijn maar net zo belangrijk zijn voor de vorming van een persoon en zijn identiteit. Ik raad het aan om dit boek te lezen, niet omdat het zo een geweldig goed verhaal is, maar ju [...]

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    14. What a fascinating and insightful look at our brains! I thoroughly enjoyed the panoply of facts and interesting research findings that the author describes then puts into a series of contexts (parental behaviour, education and crime to name just a few). If you are interested in finding out what the brain is used for, how it develops into a fully formed organ and what happens when it goes wrong, you'll enjoy this well-written and very entertaining book!

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    15. A book for those who like to understand medicine but are not doctors. This was an easy read of many technical, medical issues that plague our body, through the brain. All the chapters all sorted and the author has a way with words. The technical parts are explained without boring details. The author has full command of his writing. This book is written in a very approachable manner, which makes it easy for anyone to read regardless of prior knowledge of any medical school, even less neurology or [...]

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    16. This book on the brain covers its development from womb to tomb and explains almost everything that can go wrong. The fact that mental dysfunction can cause bizarre and sometimes tragic behavior is unsettling especially the fact that any one of us could succumb to one or more of the many ways brain function can go wrong. In addition brain science according to the author doesn't give us much hope beyond the grave. The author delivers the bad news in a fascinating way that elucidates how this marv [...]

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    17. This book is a great a fascinating read on the most important part of you - the brain. Everything you do is based on your brain's biology. Perception, understanding, response, emotion is all up to your noodle. The structures, the chemicals, and their damaged working are reviewed to provide a good understanding of what the brain does, how it does it, how the environment is perceived, and how we respond and are conditioned to response. Cultural/religious subjects are touched on, but sparingly. For [...]

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    18. The book describes in detail the brain activity from the development of organism in the womb to the death and presents multiple research results confirming that the personality is already programmed before the birth. Additionally multiple errors or problematic issues leading to brain diseases and disorders (Alzheimer, etc.) are explained in detail, amazing real examples are provided. Very useful overview of present knowledge about the functionality of the brain.

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    19. A great book if you're looking for some basic info on a lot of things that are going on in your brain. I would've liked more background info. Also he tends to repeat a lot of example and that gets kind of annoying. Great book for the average reader, but if you're looking for more depth and science this isn't the book for you.

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    20. The book is full of useful information. It is written by a brain professional so it has scientific words but it educates one in the way that we should look towards all people around us. I loved it and I think everyone should read it

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    21. Fantastisch interesant boek, mooi hoe Dhr. Swaab zulke lastige materie zo eenvoudig beschrijft.

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    22. Эту книгу стоит прочитать хотя бы потому, что это всегда вдохновляет - читать авторов, безумно любящих свое дело! И еще это именно тот случай, когд ты жалеешь, что анатомию в школе преподавали далеко не на таком уровне.Зачем читать? Расширить кругозор и получить красивые и уб [...]

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    23. A book about brains sounded like an interesting idea in the shops. It is always good to educate ourselves a bit more about things happening inside us (outside us, too, but that has less to do with this particular book) and why exactly all that happens. And this was a good book for that.It explained a lot of how our sexuality is formed, how at birth a lot of us is already defined and some issues are already present, even if we only recognize them later. And how our brain ages, and what that actua [...]

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    24. Цікава книга. Книга-виклик, я б сказала. Може допомогти зрозуміти багато чого, проте може і розчарувати. Мені, як науковцю сподобався власне науковий підхід автора до викладу матеріалу. Все чітко - є конкретні досліджені та підтверджені факти і висновки, які на них базуються [...]

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    25. До последнего надеялась почерпнуть что-то полезное для себя. Зря. Только жаль потраченного времени. Я не разделяю всеобщего восторга. И дело даже не в моих религиозных убеждениях. Все как-то сумбурно, а местами совсем неубедительно. Много воды. Как говорится, обо всем и ни о [...]

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    26. У меня потрясающие впечатления от этой книги. В течение тех нескольких дней, пока я ее читала, я вечерами сыпала на окружающих новоприобретенными фактами, так как все эти чрезвычайно увлекательные крупицы знаний требовали переосознания и невозможно было удержаться от обс [...]

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    27. Meh. Het is een soort mengelmoes tussen weetjes, persoonlijke opvattingen en verhalen over onderzoek. Zijn opvattingen zijn uiteraard anti-religieus en hij trekt alle standaard argumenten uit de kast. Dat voegt weinig toe.De weetjes en verhalen over onderzoek zijn nog wel grappig. De diepere laag ontbreekt echter, het is mij bv. niet duidelijk welk deel van het functioneren van de hersenen nu opgehelderd is en welke niet en of er een strategie is in wat er wordt onderzocht.

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    28. This is a seriously intense but magnificent read! There's so much in here but honestly most of it is pretty easy to understand. There were some terms that I had to look up (yay for reading this on my Kindle!) but other than that it was relatively easy. “Take the myth that we use only 10 percent of our brains. You might well be forgiven for thinking this in the case of certain people, but I haven’t the faintest idea what prompted this crazy theory” This is also one of the longest books I've [...]

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    29. A fascinating book, written by an important neuroscientist. The book is reasonably accessible for those with some background and an interest in psychology and neuroscience. A thought-provoking read, with the emphasis on the provocative.The style is peculiar, and I wonder if the work was originally planned as a book, or whether it was assembled post-hoc from existing articles and presentations. Some case studies and opinions are mentioned several times throughout the book. There would be nothing [...]

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    30. This book is a useful collection of scientific information, but as with most neuroscience when stepping out of the realm of pure science, betrays enormous conceptual confusion. Take the title as an illustration: "You are your brain". This is a statement that is supposed to tell us something about the world, but how does the statement refer to the world, except by someone, who must be more than just a brain, referring to it?To make this clear, let's take a simpler statement like: "Dick is a scien [...]

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