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MindReal: How the Mind Creates its Own Virtual Reality by Ted Dewan Robert Ornstein
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 6.75" Height: 9.75" Weight: 1.2 lbs.
Release Date Feb 1, 2008
Publisher Malor Books
ISBN 193377939X ISBN13 9781933779393
Availability 0 units.
More About Robert Ornstein & Ted Dewan
Robert Ornstein, psychologist and author of twenty titles, has won awards from more than a dozen organizations, including the American Psychological Association and UNESCO. His pioneering research on the bilateral specialization of the brain has done much to advance our understanding of how we think.
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Nice graphics, but elementary and repetitive Mar 23, 2008
This 173 page book is a fast read, and the illustrations are fun, but the content is elementary and disappointingly repetitive. It frequently uses neologisms (like "Mind LTD" and "MindReal") that I suppose are meant to be cute, but I found them annoying rather than illuminating.
I was hoping that because the coauthor is an accomplished illustrator that the book might resemble a graphic novel, and that we could look forward to something like a plot, perhaps a mystery or two, and some suspense. Or even a clever way of explaining the book's theme (that our mind creates a "virtual reality" that we think is real). But alas, the theme is amply explained in words in the two page preface, and then, with very minor amplification, repeated for 171 pages.
I imagine that this book may well appeal to young readers who are interested in the mind, or to those who haven't read much about cognitive psychology or the neurosciences. But if you do know something about these topics, look to Ornstein's other, more scholarly books, which are excellent. If this book had been marketed as a children's book, I would have given it 5 stars.
Virtually four thumbs up!!!! Mar 6, 2008
Dr. Ornstein's books such as The Healing Brain are always mind blowing. The Evolution of Consciousness is probably the one I talk to people the most about, and in a way MindReal is the ultimate sequel. It gives example after example of how our mind can generate perceptual distortions, how in many ways it can be ill suited for the modern world, and then several solutions and hope filled suggestions for how to change the way we think (as opposed to just adding new information). This books is extremely relevant and very accessible to all. It has great illustrations and is very engaging-- people close to me that normally don't read very much have really enjoyed this book as well.