Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain

Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain

What goes on in human beings when they make or listen to music? What is it about music, what gives it such peculiar power over us, power delectable and beneficent for the most part, but also capable of uncontrollable and sometimes destructive force? Music has no concepts, it lacks images; it has no power of representation, it has no relation to the world. And yet it is evi...

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Title:Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain
Author:Oliver Sacks
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ISBN:0676979785
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:400 pages

Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain Reviews

  • Sarah
    Jan 06, 2008
    Sacks is, for me, a perfect meeting of a science writer and a writer of creative non-fiction. He has an equal interest in telling an affecting, human story and with exploring how (and why) the brain works. While lots of science writing is dry and objective (as it should be) and while mainstream feat...
  • Matt
    Mar 02, 2008
    Oliver Sacks has been one of my favorite authors ever since I first read The Man Who Mistook his Wife for a Hat. I still completely amazed, and a little bit disturbed, when I think back to his account of the woman who lost her sense of proprioception - the internal body sense that lets you know your...
  • Jafar
    Jun 08, 2008
    This book was interesting, I guess. Lots of anecdotes about the effect of music on behavior and personality, but not enough analysis. Sacks usually is more of a story teller than a hardcore neuroscientist in his popular book – at least in the other two that I’ve read by him – but in t...
  • Joshua Nomen-Mutatio
    Aug 22, 2008
    The neurologist Oliver Sacks has a great book called Musicophilia (and a series of talks available on YouTube) which goes into some really interesting descriptions of the brain's relationship to music. One story involves a man getting hit by lightning and afterward having a newly acquired and deeply...
  • Keith Putnam
    Feb 27, 2009
    I am a huge sucker for pop science about human consciousness. Sacks, unfortunately, has the habit of boring me with far too many anecdotes which he fails to link in any progression of Greater Understanding....
  • Jason
    Dec 22, 2010
    It’s not a common characteristic, but I recommend this book for all environments where you read. Coffee shop, living room, park bench, subway, or to ignore your spouse--it receives my seal of 4+ stars. Musicophilia is a lurid, but respectable, look into the brains and lives of people that appea...
  • Kelly
    Mar 05, 2017
    This was unexpectedly touching. I'm glad I finally read it. Review to come. ...
  • Ghada
    Jun 27, 2012
    !....وحدها الموسيقى تبقىفي الكتاب حالات لبشر ما يقدروش يفتكروا أساميهم ما يقدروش يفتكرو?...
  • Glenn Sumi
    Mar 08, 2015
    Have you ever experienced an “ear worm” – i.e., a melody “stuck” in your head? Have you ever found yourself humming or whistling a tune for no reason, then thought back to the lyrics or theme of that song and realized it had something to do with what’s on your mind? Hav...
  • Huda Aweys
    Jul 24, 2015
    في كتابي (الصوت روح) أشرت الى كوني مطمئنة ، و واثقة من أن الله عز و جل قد وفرّ للصم مداخل أخ?...