Book Review: The Emerging Mind: Reith lectures 2003

The Emerging Mind: Reith lectures 2003The Emerging Mind: Reith lectures 2003 by V.S. Ramachandran
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book is based on Dr. V. Ramachandran lectures on neuroscience. Though most of these contents were already been covered in his previous books like “The tell tale Brain” and “Phantoms in the Brain”, this book helped me refresh through it.

This book explains about the inner workings of brain that was written in layman terms. Dr. Ramachandran starts explaining his experiences with his patient’s neurological problems and tries to analyse the root cause of these problems which might have triggered from the patient’s brain. That actually helps understanding the integral part that the brain is taking in our everday life.

He covers many topics like arts and aesthetics, evolution of human brains, free will, qualia, consiousness and so on with respect to brain. Many neurological phenomena’s were discussed to provide good understanding of one’s Self which would prove that it is just an illusion created by the brain itself.

I believe Neuroscience is best explained in his books. I would recommand this to everyone who wants to know How brain works?!

It was great read.

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Book Review: அறியப்படாத தமிழகம்

அறியப்படாத தமிழகம் [Ariyappadaatha Thamizhakam]அறியப்படாத தமிழகம் [Ariyappadaatha Thamizhakam] by Tho. Paramasivan
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

When I ordered this book online, I thought this would explain about the history of Tamils to a great extent. (My Bad!!) I didnt read the description of this book properly. However upon receiving this book I realised that this book explains about the culture of tamil community.

Apart from a disappointing start, I started reading this book. The author explained a lot more about the cultural and traditional values followed by the Tamils from the great literatures like Thirukkural, Silapathikaram, Puranaanuru, Aganaanuru, Seerapuranam etc.,

It starts with explaining the meaning and idea behind the name of the language “Tamil”. It continues to explain more about the life and community as a whole on following chapters. This book touches about the religious and caste based conflicts arised while the evolution of the community that was affected by continuous acts of wars and the colonisation under British.

Some facts are interesting to know. Some facts provide more insight about the culture. Good read.

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Book Review: Kumari Kandama Sumeriama?

Kumari Kandama Sumeriama?Kumari Kandama Sumeriama? by B. Prabhakaran
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book is an experimental study about the origin of Tamils. B. Prabhakaran the author of this book goes beyond the extent of connecting Sumerian civilisation considered to be the oldest in the world with the Tamil civilisation. He also gives plausible proofs for this connection throughout the book. Quite interesting and overwhelming to read when he tries to connect the dots and dashes of the history of civilisations. He denies the existence of Kumarikandam with an logical geographical impossibility. He takes the indian mythology, fables, archiological research which resembles the Sumerian, Greek and Sindhu Civilisation as the fact of this study. Wonderful read.

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