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Brain/Mind Books
« on: November 03, 2007, 09:12:00 PM »

I saw the recent thread on Psi Books, and since I've been reading 'brain books" for a while now, I thought I'd list some here with a comment or two.

I've been reading in this field, as a lay reader, with an idea toward seeing what the latest as well as some of the older brain/mind research shows, what can be gleaned from it about how the brain/mind works, how memory and the senses works, and what may be suggestive for enhancing RV techniques and methods.

There are about 35 books in English on RV, a great resource.  There are now the extensive Stargate archives, which it is good to see people like Daz and Tamra mining. I feel these books on neuroscience are another rich resource that may have some useful implications for remote viewing.

I find that Amazon's book reviews are great for sorting through the many books that are out there in this field, so I've attached some links where the reviews of some of these books may be found. I don't recommend all of the following books, but some are real gems.

Also I hope others will post about other books in the field that may be useful in this regard.



Eric Kandel, In Search of Memory: The Emergence of a New Science of Mind (2007). By a Nobel Prize winning research scientist and former psychiatrist. A wonderful book. Amazingly, blends his childhood in Nazi Germany (seamlessly, as one reviewer wrote) with one of the best and clearest explanations of what neuroscientists have learned about learning and memory mechanisms, mainly in animals, at the cellular and neuron levels. Great diagrams to help one understand these mechanisms too, at least rudimentarily.

Wilder Penfield, Mysteries of the Mind: A Critical Study of Consciousness and the Human Brain (1975). A classic book by the famous neurosurgeon who stimulated memories/events in brain surgery patients.

Robert Rivlin and Karen Gravelle, Deciphering the Senses: The Expanding World of Human Perception (1984). I think Ingo Swann recommended this book. Very interesting material, even if two decades old.

Patricia C. Churchland and Terrence J. Sejnowski, The Computational Brain (1999). Heavy-duty survey with many diagrams of various avenues of research in the neurosciences, with some focus on physiology. Worth reading but difficult.

Joseph LeDoux, Synaptic Self: How our brains become who we are (2002). By a prominent neuroscientist. As stated, focus is on the synapses but also surveys much else about structures and mechanisms of brain functioning.

Rodolfo R. Llinas, I of the Vortex (2001). By a leading neuroscientist. On fixed action potentials, prediction is a main function of the brain, thinking as internalized movement, etc. Well worth reading. IMO.

Eric Harris Walker, The Physics of Consciousness (2000). By a physicist. An early exploration of the idea that some aspects of mind may be based in quantum processes.

Fred Alan Wolf, The Dreaming Universe: A Mind-Expanding Journey into the Realm where Psyche and Physics Meet (1994). Also by a physicist. Quite a bit on dreams.

Roger Penrose, The Emperor's New Mind: Concerning Computers, Minds, and the Laws of Physics (2002). By a mathematician interested in possible quantum effects in the brain in relation to consciousness.

Dean Radin, Entangled Minds (2006). More on psi and quantum theory. Not so much on the brain but must reading.

Rita Carter, Mapping the Mind. By a medical writer. Well worth reading for the many beautiful illustrations of brain regions and likely or proposed functions. Heavy focus on brain structures.

Tor Norretranders, The User Illusion. Highly recommended by Ingo Swann. Contrasts the huge amount of information in bits that our senses detect (and forget) compared to the small amount in bits our spotlight of consciousness handles. Very unusual, semi-rational mode of exposition at times but first half is worth reading.

Gyorgy Buzsaki, Rhythms of the Brain (2006). Will convince you like nothing else what they know and don't know about brain rhythms and neurons and axons too. Outlines origins of brain wave categorization and will also shatter any tidy notions one has of these. Hard reading but very rewarding. Also quite expensive.  5-star ratings by all 5 reviewers.

Stanislas Dehaene, The Number Sense: How the Mind Creates Mathematics. I found this very enjoyable and informative. By a leading researcher on numbers.

George Lakoff, Women, Fire and Dangerous Things: What Categories Reveal about the Mind  (1990).  A seminal work on the embodied mind thesis. The most suggestive book I've read with regard to possible implications for objectifying (accessing and presenting) RV data. (It's not on RV or psi itself – most of these books in this list aren't either.)

Gilles Fauconnier and Mark Turner, The Way We Think: Conceptual Thinking and the Mind's Hidden Complexities (2002). Philosophical and linguistic presentation re conceptual "blending". Seems derivative of Lakoff's approach and not as rewarding.

Mark Johnson, The Body in the Mind: The Bodily Basis of Meaning, Imagination and Reason" (1987). A contribution from the 'embodied mind' school of philosophy/language.  Useful to read in combination with Lakoff.

George Johnson, In the Palaces of Memory: How We Build the Worlds Inside our Head" (1991). Survey by an editor and journalist of the work of several neuroscience researchers.

Steven Pinker, How the Mind Works (1997). Long wide-ranging book by an MIT linguist. Interesting, but ?

Daniel C. Dennett, Consciousness Explained (1991). Describes the famous Benjamin Libet experiments in which brain activity precedes conscious decision to do something. IMO, Dennett's book does not live up to its title – at all.

Jeff Hawkins, Intelligence (2004). An attempt by an inventor of the PalmPilot and Treo to contribute to the field. He has also founded an institute to explore memory and consciousness.

Jeffrey Mishlove, The Roots of Consciousness: The Classic Encyclopedia of Consciousness Studies (1993). A stimulating compendium.

Daniel J. Levitin, This is Your Brain on Music: The Science of a Human Obsession (2006). NY Times bestseller by McGill Professor with Lab, former sound engineer and producer. Very enjoyable.
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Re: Brain/Mind Books
« Reply #1 on: November 04, 2007, 01:20:09 AM »
Hey thanks Jon...I'll certainly be dipping into this list before too long. :)
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« Reply #2 on: November 04, 2007, 02:47:38 AM »
yeah, thanks--I like learning about that brain stuff.

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« Reply #3 on: November 05, 2007, 11:41:25 AM »
Hi Marv and plodder,

You're welcome. Looking forward to any gems you may find as well.  Esp what may have implications for RV. I'm working on a piece on that (still).

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« Reply #4 on: November 06, 2007, 06:07:58 AM »
Ouch! That's a good bibliography!! Thanks a lot for it Jon! :)



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« Reply #5 on: September 12, 2017, 09:21:14 PM »
Did anyone read this?

In the Palaces of Memory: How We Build the Worlds Inside our Head
by George Johnson

I just got my copy and will read it soon.

A friend of mine said he read that Ingo recommended this book very highly for RVers.


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Philosophy of Mind by Edward Fesser is really good.


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