The Man Who Wasn't There:Investigations into the Strange New Science of the Self by Anil Ananthasway

Program: 
Healthwatch
Air date: 
Mon, 09/14/2015 - 11:00am - 11:30am
Short Description: 
The Man Who Wasn't There: Investigations into the Strange New Science of the Self

In the tradition of Oliver Sacks, a tour of the latest neuroscience of schizophrenia, autism, Alzheimer’s disease, ecstatic epilepsy, Cotard’s syndrome, out-of-body experiences, and other disorders—revealing the awesome power of the human sense of self from a master of science journalism. Anil Ananthaswamy’s extensive in-depth interviews venture into the lives of individuals who offer perspectives that will change how you think about who you are. These individuals all lost some part of what we think of as our self, but they then offer remarkable, sometimes heart-wrenching insights into what remains. One man cut off his own leg. Another became one with the universe.
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