Summary

How the mind works - everything from memory to emotion, navigation to creativity - explained in nine extraordinary human stories.
Imagine...getting lost in a one-room flat; seeing auras; never forgetting a moment; a permanent orchestra in your head; turning into a tiger; life as an out-of-body experience; feeling other people's pain; being convinced you are dead; becoming a different person overnight.
Our brains are far stranger than we think. We take it for granted that we can remember, feel emotion, navigate, empathise and understand the world around us, but how would our lives change if these abilities were dramatically enhanced - or disappeared overnight?
Award-winning science writer Helen Thomson has spent years travelling the world tracking down incredibly rare brain disorders. In Unthinkable she tells the stories of nine extraordinary people. From the man who thinks he's a tiger to the doctor who feels the pain of others just by looking at them, their experiences illustrate how the brain can shape our lives in unexpected and, in some cases, brilliant and alarming ways.
Delving into the rich histories of these conditions, exploring the very latest research and cutting-edge medical techniques, Thomson explains the workings of our consciousness, our emotions, our creativity and even the mechanisms that allow us to understand our own existence.
Story by remarkable story, Unthinkable takes us on an unforgettable journey through the human brain. Discover how to forge memories that never disappear, how to grow an alien limb and how to make better decisions. Learn how to hallucinate and how to make yourself happier in a split second. Find out how to avoid getting lost, how to see more of your reality, even how exactly you can confirm you are alive. Think the unthinkable.
©2018 Helen Thomson (P)2018 John Murray Press
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5 out of 5 stars
By Kazza on 12-03-18

Extremely fascinating

This is definitely a "can't put down" kind of book, I have never really paid any interest in this topic but it was truly fascinating to listen to Helen relay her conversations with people, I loved the details of these conditions and how they affect people, it made me feel that it's ok to be weird and think the way I do. Helen has a wonderful speaking voice she is so easy on the ear, I was dissapointed when the book ended.

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