Teaser Tuesdays: Into the Silent Land

intothesilentland“How convenient it would be sometimes to turn off consciousness and carry on with ordinary behaviour. Imagine flicking a switch on difficult days and flipping into oblivion, knowing that your body will continue going about its normal business. No one would notice.”

This quote is from Into the Silent Land: Travels in Neuropsychology by Paul Broks.

The description on the back cover, quoting Athul Gawande, says, “Into the Silent Land is a small, strange, beautiful gem– a brilliant lattice of arresting neurological tales, hard-nosed contemplation, and, unexpectedly, a certain wistfulness. Broks is as much poet as scientist, and in this indelible book, he leads us effortlessly into an unfathomable mystery– how that pale substance we call the brain could create something so ethereal and individual as a human mind.”

I posted this quote as part of  Teaser Tuesdays a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page

(I chose three sentences because it completed the thought.)

Then you can leave your teaser in the comments of the Should Be Reading blog.


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