The darker the night, the brighter the stars : a neuropsychologist's odyssey through consciousness / Paul Broks ; with drawigs by Garry Kennard.

By: Broks, Paul [author.]
Contributor(s): Kennard, Garry, 1948- [illustrator.]
Material type: TextTextPublisher: New York : Crown, 2018Copyright date: �2018Description: xiii, 319 pages : illustrations ; 22 cmContent type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780307985798; 0307985792 :Subject(s): Broks, Paul -- Family | Physicians -- Biography | Cancer -- Patients -- Family | Grief | Cognition | Brain | Life sciencesGenre/Form: Nonfiction. | Autobiographies.Additional physical formats: Online version:: Darker the night, the brighter the stars.DDC classification: 153 LOC classification: BF311 | .B736 2018
Contents:
A grief observed -- A thousand red butterflies -- Into the labyrinth.
Summary: "When celebrated neuropsychologist Paul Broks's wife died of cancer, it sparked a journey of grief and reflection that traced a lifelong attempt to understand how the brain gives rise to the soul. The result of that journey is a gorgeous, evocative meditation on fate, death, consciousness, and what it means to be human. The Darker the Night, The Brighter the Stars weaves a scientist's understanding of the mind - its logic, its nuance, how we think about what makes a person - with a poet's approach to humanity, that crucial and ever-elusive why. It's a story that unfolds through the centuries, along the path of humankind's constant quest to discover what makes us human, and the answers that consistently slip out of our grasp. It's modern medicine and psychology and ancient tales; history and myth combined; fiction and the stranger truth. But, most importantly, it's Broks' story, grounded in his own most fascinating cases as a clinician--patients with brain injuries that revealed something fundamental about the link between the raw stuff of our bodies and brains and the ineffable selves we take for who we are. Tracing a loose arc of loss, acceptance, and renewal, he unfolds striking, imaginative stories of everything from Schopenhauer to the Greek philosophers to jazz guitarist Pat Martino in order to sketch a multifaceted view of humanness that is as heartbreaking at it is affirming"-- Provided by publisher.Summary: "A personal and profound book on the mysteries at the core of our humanness by an acclaimed neuropsychologist, as ambitious as it is timely"-- Provided by publisher.
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 311-316).

A grief observed -- A thousand red butterflies -- Into the labyrinth.

"When celebrated neuropsychologist Paul Broks's wife died of cancer, it sparked a journey of grief and reflection that traced a lifelong attempt to understand how the brain gives rise to the soul. The result of that journey is a gorgeous, evocative meditation on fate, death, consciousness, and what it means to be human. The Darker the Night, The Brighter the Stars weaves a scientist's understanding of the mind - its logic, its nuance, how we think about what makes a person - with a poet's approach to humanity, that crucial and ever-elusive why. It's a story that unfolds through the centuries, along the path of humankind's constant quest to discover what makes us human, and the answers that consistently slip out of our grasp. It's modern medicine and psychology and ancient tales; history and myth combined; fiction and the stranger truth. But, most importantly, it's Broks' story, grounded in his own most fascinating cases as a clinician--patients with brain injuries that revealed something fundamental about the link between the raw stuff of our bodies and brains and the ineffable selves we take for who we are. Tracing a loose arc of loss, acceptance, and renewal, he unfolds striking, imaginative stories of everything from Schopenhauer to the Greek philosophers to jazz guitarist Pat Martino in order to sketch a multifaceted view of humanness that is as heartbreaking at it is affirming"-- Provided by publisher.

"A personal and profound book on the mysteries at the core of our humanness by an acclaimed neuropsychologist, as ambitious as it is timely"-- Provided by publisher.

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