CFI Canada - Toronto, Science & Philosophy Book Club Message Board › Book chosen for October 27 The Brain That Changes Itself, by Norman Doidge
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In a startling reversal of recent opinion trends, attendees at last night's book club meeting chose
The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science, by Norman Doidge, to read for October 27th.
There are 144 copies available at the Toronto Public Library which also offers it online as an audio e-book.
It looks like a fast read, for a 427 page book, but you can get the gist from the 43 minute documentary.
Summary of The Brain that Changes Itself
An astonishing new science called neuroplasticity is overthrowing the centuries-old notion that the human brain is immutable. Psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, Norman Doidge, M.D., traveled the country to meet both the brilliant scientists championing neuroplasticity and the people whose lives they’ve transformed—people whose mental limitations or brain damage were seen as unalterable. We see a woman born with half a brain that rewired itself to work as a whole, blind people who learn to see, learning disorders cured, IQs raised, aging brains rejuvenated, stroke patients learning to speak, children with cerebral palsy learning to move with more grace, depression and anxiety disorders successfully treated, and lifelong character traits changed. Using these marvelous stories to probe mysteries of the body, emotion, love, sex, culture, and education, Dr. Doidge has written an immensely moving, inspiring book that will permanently alter the way we look at our brains, human nature, and human potential.