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  • Published: 17 October 2016
  • ISBN: 9781101984321
  • Imprint: Dutton
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • RRP: $26.99
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The Man Who Wasn't There: Tales from the Edge of the Self


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Anil Ananthaswamy offers an intimate look at the latest neuroscience of schizophrenia, autism, Alzheimer’s disease, and Cotard’s syndrome among others to reveal the awesome power of the human sense of self.

Anil Ananthaswamy offers an intimate look at the latest neuroscience of schizophrenia, autism, Alzheimer’s disease, and Cotard’s syndrome among others to reveal the awesome power of the human sense of self. Extensive in-depth interviews venture into the lives of individuals who offer remarkable, sometimes heartwrenching insights. One man cut off his own leg. Another became one with the universe.

Where in the brain, or mind, or body is the self actually located? As Ananthaswamy elegantly reports, neuroscientists themselves now see that the elusive sense of self is both everywhere and nowhere in the brain. The Man Who Wasn’t There takes readers on an emotional, scientific, and intellectual journey, arriving at a new visceral understanding of something we have wondered about since humans existed.

  • Pub date: 17 October 2016
  • ISBN: 9781101984321
  • Imprint: Dutton
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • RRP: $26.99

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Praise for The Man Who Wasn't There: Tales from the Edge of the Self

“Following in the steps of Oliver Sacks's The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and V. S. Ramachandran and Sandra Blakeslee's Phantoms in the Brain, Ananthaswamy uses neuropsychology and narrative to take us inside the heads of people experiencing realities very different from our own”

The Washington Post

“Ananthaswamy's exploration of the human 'self' is a blazingly original excursion through the brain - as well as a fascinating catalog of bizarre disorders”

Entertainment Weekly


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