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roustabout
Posts: 3,630
Registered: ‎03-31-2011

propellerhead alert

A fellow named Dale Purves, whose textbooks I worked from (and found pretty readable) some time back has written a book for a more general audience about how brains do what brains do. 

 

It's free, not sure for how long, at http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/brains-dale-purves/1101910447?ean=9780137060283&itm=1&usri=978013706...

 

So far, I'm enjoying the read - it's review of material for me, but feels well written with some but not too much inside baseball (in fact, I hope he'll dip back into the Cajal versus Golgi argument - I'm old enough that I had a professor who'd actually met a student of Golgi's, who still gamely supported his professor's losing side of the debate)

 

His lab page is pretty good, too.  Lots and lots of interesting psychophysical exercises here:

 

http://www.purveslab.net/seeforyourself/

 

I'm particularly fond of the "perception of angles" one. 

 

Worth a gander, he's a sharp guy. 

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5ivedom
Posts: 3,544
Registered: ‎12-03-2011
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Re: propellerhead alert

Thanks roustabout. Would you know till when he's going to have it free? I'd like to share it on Free Books Buddy but it seems an expensive book and I would hate to have it suddenly go to paid and a few people buy the paid version by mistake.

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keriflur
Posts: 6,717
Registered: ‎01-05-2010
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Re: propellerhead alert

Thanks for the link!

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Seabreeze-1
Posts: 89
Registered: ‎01-15-2012
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Re: propellerhead alert

[ Edited ]

Thank you for the link.  I have "purchased" the book. 

 

But I see that this is a particularly good example of B&N having no control of book reviews. 

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deesy58
Posts: 2,486
Registered: ‎01-22-2012

Re: propellerhead alert


roustabout wrote:

A fellow named Dale Purves, whose textbooks I worked from (and found pretty readable) some time back has written a book for a more general audience about how brains do what brains do. 

 

It's free, not sure for how long, at http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/brains-dale-purves/1101910447?ean=9780137060283&itm=1&usri=978013706...

 

So far, I'm enjoying the read - it's review of material for me, but feels well written with some but not too much inside baseball (in fact, I hope he'll dip back into the Cajal versus Golgi argument - I'm old enough that I had a professor who'd actually met a student of Golgi's, who still gamely supported his professor's losing side of the debate)

 

His lab page is pretty good, too.  Lots and lots of interesting psychophysical exercises here:

 

http://www.purveslab.net/seeforyourself/

 

I'm particularly fond of the "perception of angles" one. 

 

Worth a gander, he's a sharp guy. 


Speaking of which . . . did anybody watch the multi-part series on the brain presented by Charlie Rose in 2012 on public broadcasting?  He had guests that represented the world's most renowned scientists discussing various aspects of the human brain.  I found it fascinating. 

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emmkaytee
Posts: 5
Registered: ‎05-18-2011
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Re: propellerhead alert

@5ivedom:  For what it's worth, I also got the book for $0.00 in June 2012, according to my compulsive record-keeping.  Can't say whether/how it might have fluctuated in between, however.

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patgolfneb
Posts: 1,762
Registered: ‎09-10-2011
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Re: propellerhead alert

I downloaded the book, my only comment is where are his kudos? OP with decent free book not a romance is worth Kudoing.
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5ivedom
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Re: propellerhead alert

thanks emmakaytee.

 

I've seen it free in the past and then become paid.

 

The problem with featuring books like these is that suddenly they'll be paid and $25 or $35 and if anyone gets caught with it it's a big loss (as opposed to a $5 or $10 book).

 

I think i'll skip it.

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keriflur
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Re: propellerhead alert


5ivedom wrote:

thanks emmakaytee.

 

I've seen it free in the past and then become paid.

 

The problem with featuring books like these is that suddenly they'll be paid and $25 or $35 and if anyone gets caught with it it's a big loss (as opposed to a $5 or $10 book).

 

I think i'll skip it.


So tell me if I have this right.  You won't download this book because someday it may not be free, and someone who isn't you might not pay attention to the price, or the confirmation of the price, and their inability to read the web page and confirmation popup might cost them some money?

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bobstro
Posts: 3,865
Registered: ‎01-01-2012
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Re: propellerhead alert

[ Edited ]

I *think* 5ivedom is referring to featuring it in his app, which is not what I read it as initiallly either.

 

As of this moment, it's showing as $21.99 for the ebook, so I appreciate the early pointer!