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Top 5 books for amateur neuro-scientists – as chosen by Pierre Hollins

Brains, more brains and... death. A trip through the brain and back again from the debut author

MIND WIDE OPEN
Steven Johnson 

This is a totally accessible deconstruction of how the brain works; from its evolution, to its deep-down nitty-gritty bio-chemical mechanics; with sections on how to improve personal cognitive functioning, rather than remain a slave to old neural habits.

I HAVE AMERICA SURROUNDED
John Higgs

A compelling study of the life and work of Dr Timothy Leary – the man who introduced the world to LSD.  Written by John Higgs (everything by him is worth reading) this is a romp through the blockbusting adventure that was Leary’s life; but at its core is a clear insight into Leary’s methodology regarding the use of psychedelic drugs in therapy.

BREAKING OPEN THE HEAD
Daniel Pinchbeck

This is a rational search for spiritual revelation. Again, it’s drug-related, but don’t let that deter you. This is a scholarly appraisal of how to find deep meaning in a shallow world; full of heart, humour and philosophy. Stunningly good.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE DIE
Sam Parnia

Essential reading for anyone who cares to consider the possible state of consciousness after death. Gripping stuff.

THE HOLOGRAPHIC UNIVERSE
Michael Talbot

This is a distillation of the holonomic brain theory – a remarkable speculation, based on hard science, regarding the actual construction of thoughts and memory. Far reaching in its conclusions.

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