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Review: Neurologic by Dr. Eliezer J. Sternberg

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Neurologic: The Brain’s Hidden Rationale Behind Our Irrational Behavior

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Have you ever wondered what someone might dream of if they were blind? Would they see anything? How about zombies? Could they drive to work? Can we remember things that never actually happened?

All of these questions, and much, much more are thoroughly answered and explored in Dr. Eliezer J. Sternberg’s, “Neurologic: The Brain’s Hidden Rationale Behind Our Irrational Behavior.”

An abridged version of this review was also featured in “The Burgundy Zine #8: Reflections

A Bit of Context…

Dr. Eliezer J. Sternberg is a science writer and Neurologist at Yale who is known for his book “Neurologic” as well as his other publications, “Are You a Machine?” and “My Brain Made Me Do It,” according to his Twitter bio.

Neurologic Review

Neurologic: The Brain’s Hidden Rationale Behind Our Irrational Behavior

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** Please excuse my copy, as it was unfortunately destroyed in unexpected downpour while running to the Kota the Friend concert earlier this month.

“Neurologic: The Brain’s Hidden Rationale Behind Our Irrational Behavior” is the fascinating investigation of the neurological components to strange behaviors.

Throughout the book, Sternberg explores various cases and studies about blindness, memory, athleticism, hallucinations, schizophrenia, hypnosis, and dissociative identity disorder.

Each chapter explores a variety of possible solutions by giving examples of similar cases before tying everything together into a cohesive answer and leading into the next chapter.

The author takes complex subjects and explains them in a way that’s entertaining, digestible, and honestly riveting. “Neurologic” is a brilliant break down of the brain’s conscious and unconscious systems for the casual brain-nerd.

I’d highly recommend giving this book a gander, regardless of whether you’re a neurologist, neuroscience or psychology major, or someone who just thinks science is pretty cool.

Overall? I’d give “Neurologic” 4.8 out of 5 brains.

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