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Great reading on altered states of consciousness...

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The second issue of Scientific American Mind is out and has some fascinating stuff on a number of topics:

1. "Deja Vu explained"
2. "Does Brain Equal Mind?"
3. "Creativity"

This special version of sciam comes out quarterly. It is dedicated completely to "Thought, Ideas, Brain Science". I believe you can have something of a look-see at

Also, I finally got around to A Brief Tour of Human Consciousness by V.S. Ramachandran, Ph.D.

There is actually mention of depersonalization. There is a great bibliography at the end as well as an excellent mini-reference to various neuroscience terms from "neurotransmitter" to "phosphylation" (I already forgot what that means, LOL), to "hormones" to Capgras syndrome (which we've discussed here).

The book also discusses where art/creativity may stem from. But it is a good foundation for understanding varieties of perceptual and cognitive experiences, normal and pathological.

It's really fascinating and very readable. Some of this book is a translation of his BBC Reich Lectures into book form.

Publisher: Pearson Education, 2004
Vilayanur S. Ramachandram, Ph.D.
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