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Hobson, J. Allan

Dream Life: An Experimental Memoir (Gebundene Ausgabe)


Reihe: Mit Press

MIT PR, März 2011


New - 312 S. - Altersempfehlung / Lesealter: ab 18 Jahre - Sprache: Englisch - 236x164x32 mm

ISBN: 0262015323 EAN: 9780262015325

A pioneer in sleep anddream science surveys his life and work through the lens of dreaming andconsciousness


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Hobson, world-renowned and respected psychiatrist and neuroscientist, here elucidates how our brains work by sharing the captivating story of his life. Provocatively self-exposing, the book reads as a run-beaten train and uncovers the newest theories on the function of consciousness, sleep, and dreams. Popular brain science at its best. Hobson here presents a new kind of book: a 'biopsychography.' Learning neurobiology never was so fascinating as through the memoires of this scientific rebel. Psychoanalysis finally gets substituted by experiment-driven biological science. -- Steven Laureys, Coma Science Group, Liege Many scientists write lay expositions of their research. Others do memoirs. Hobson, one of the world's most eminent sleep researchers, provides a unique amalgam. He recounts his life history, employing diverse episodes to convey insights into brain function. Hobson is frank to a fault, baring painful personal traumas -- including his stroke, heart failure, and marital infidelities -- all as learning moments for the reader. The resulting volume is as engrossing as a detective story, emotionally moving, and teaches far better than any textbook. Every scientist, physician, and curious lay reader will wish to devour this succulent brain food. -- Solomon H. Snyder, Johns Hopkins Medical School The gripping autobiography of the life of a most remarkable man. Hobson is a worthy rival to Sigmund Freud as the most important dream theorist ever. In Dream Life we are treated to a new kind of memoir -- a 'biopsychography' -- a form of writing that involves simultaneously understanding one's own life from the subjective, phenomenological point of view and from an objective evolutionary-neuroscientific point of view. Unlike most every other theorist of consciousness, Hobson has been studying consciousness, both his own and that of thousands of sleep subjects, for over half a century. The life of a most remarkable man and a primer in the nature and function of the waking and sleeping mind. Deeply personal and deeply impersonal at the same time. A compelling model for how all of us might work to truthfully understand ourselves given that we are 'subjectively objective/objectively subjective' beings. An exemplary exercise in what self-knowing might look like in the 21st century. -- Owen Flanagan, James B. Duke Professor of Philosophy, Duke University This remarkably candid and unconventional memoir provides a fascinating account of the life of the mind, as lived and boldly explored by one of the foremost brain scientists of our time. The details of Hobson's youthful escape from the Siren call of psychoanalysis, and the fruits of his subsequent and revolutionary research on sleep and dreaming, bear witness to a challenging and passionate quest. Along the way, we learn just how the study of sleep and dreaming have supplied a 'royal road' to the understanding of consciousness. -- Frank J. Sulloway, University of California, Berkeley, author of Freud, Biologist of the Mind and Born to Rebel: Birth Order, Family Dynamics, and Creative Lives

Über den Autor

J. Allan Hobson is Professor of Psychiatry, Emeritus, at Harvard Medical School. He is the author of The Dreaming Brain: How the Brain Creates Both the Sense and the Nonsense of Dreams, Dreaming as Delirium: How the Brain Goes Out of Its Mind (MIT Press, 1999), The Dream Drugstore: Chemically Altered States of Consciousness (MIT Press, 1999, 2001), and other books

Kritikerstimmen

"Aiming squarely at Freud, Hobson and a succession of collaborators documented people's sleep cycles, monitored their brain waves, and tracked chemical changes in the brain. In a series of books driven by five decades of research, Hobson argued that what's really happening when we dream is that our forebrains -- the center of thinking and memory -- are offline, while our visual, auditory, and emotional centers are not only online, but lit up. Bizarre and powerful dreams aren't caused by repressed desire, he argued, but by biology. Dreams may be fun to think about, but they're really just a side effect of sleep." Boston Globe Many scientists write lay expositions of their research. Others do memoirs. Hobson, one of the world's most eminent sleep researchers, provides a unique amalgam. He recounts his life history, employing diverse episodes to convey insights into brain function. Hobson is frank to a fault, baring painful personal traumas - including his stroke, heart failure, and marital infidelities - all as learning moments for the reader. The resulting volume is as engrossing as a detective story, emotionally moving, and teaches far better than any textbook. Every scientist, physician, and curious lay reader will wish to devour this succulent brain food. Solomon H. Snyder, M.D.


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