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Summary & Study Guide - Into the Gray Zone: A Neuroscientist Explores the Border Between Life and Death

Summary & Study Guide - Into the Gray Zone: A Neuroscientist Explores the Border Between Life and Death

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Summary & Study Guide - Into the Gray Zone: A Neuroscientist Explores the Border Between Life and Death

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Oct 13, 2017
ISBN:
9780995943193
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The Borderland Between Life and Death

This book is a summary of “Into the Gray Zone: A Neuroscientist Explores the Border Between Life and Death,” by Adrian Owen.

The “gray zone” is the twilight region between full consciousness and brain death. People with sustained brain injuries or victims of strokes or neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s are often in the gray zone. Many of them are oblivious to the outside world, and their doctors and families often believe they are incapable of thought. But 20 percent of them are conscious, although they never respond to any form of external stimulation.

This book tells how Owen pushes forward the boundaries of science, using a variety of brain scans and brain-computer interfaces, to find patients who are in the gray zone and communicate with them. It sheds some light on how we pay attention and remember, and how brain-computer interface technology is changing the prognosis for people with impaired brain function and creating the possibility of telepathy and augmented intelligence.

Read this book and reflect on what these fascinating borderlands between life and death have taught us about being human.

This guide includes:
* Book Summary—helps you understand the key concepts.
* Online Videos—cover the concepts in more depth.
Value-added from this guide:
* Save time
* Understand key concepts
* Expand your knowledge
Herausgeber:
Freigegeben:
Oct 13, 2017
ISBN:
9780995943193
Format:
Buch

Über den Autor

Lee Tang is a retired executive of a major global insurance company. Prior to his retirement, he has worked as an actuary, a risk officer and a chief financial officer for several major insurance organizations in the United States, Canada, and Taiwan. To learn more about Lee and his work, visit his website and blog at https://lmtpress.wordpress.com. You can reach him by email at leetang888@gmail.com.


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Summary & Study Guide - Into the Gray Zone - Lee Tang

The Borderland Between Life and Death

This book is a summary of Into the Gray Zone: A Neuroscientist Explores the Border Between Life and Death, by Adrian Owen.

The gray zone is the twilight region between full consciousness and brain death. People with sustained brain injuries or victims of strokes or neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s are often in the gray zone. Many of them are oblivious to the outside world, and their doctors and families often believe they are incapable of thought. But 20 percent of them are conscious, although they never respond to any form of external stimulation.

This book tells how Owen pushes forward the boundaries of science, using a variety of brain scans and brain-computer interfaces, to find patients who are in the gray zone and communicate with them. It sheds some light on how we pay attention and remember, and how brain-computer interface technology is changing the prognosis for people with impaired brain function and creating the possibility of telepathy and augmented intelligence.

Read this book and reflect on what these fascinating borderlands between life and death have taught us about being human.

This guide includes:

Book Summary—helps you understand the key concepts.

Online Videos—cover the concepts in more depth.

Value-added from this guide:

Save time

Understand key concepts

Expand your knowledge

Title: Summary & Study Guide - Into the Gray Zone

Subtitle: A Neuroscientist Explores the Border Between Life and Death

Author: Lee Tang

Publisher: LMT Press (lmtpress.wordpress.com)

Copyright © 2017 by Lee Tang

All rights reserved. Aside from brief quotations for media coverage and reviews, no part of this book may be reproduced or distributed in any form without the author’s permission. Thank you for supporting authors and a diverse, creative culture by purchasing this book and complying with copyright laws.

First Edition: September 2017

Issued in print and electronic formats.

ISBN 9780995943193 (ebook)

ISBN 9781976076565 (paperback)

ISBN 9781987063554 (paperback)

Limit of Liability/Disclaimer of Warranty: The publisher and author make no representations or warranties regarding the accuracy or completeness of these contents and disclaim all warranties such as warranties of fitness for a particular purpose. The website addresses in the book were correct at the time going to print. However, the publisher and author are not responsible for the content of third-party websites, which are subject to change.

To my wife, Lillian, who is the source of energy and love for everything I do, and to Andrew and Amanda: watching you grow up has been a privilege.

Important Note About This Guide

This guide is a summary and not a critique/review of the book. The summary may not be organized chapter-wise but summarizes the book’s main ideas, viewpoints, and arguments. It is NOT meant to be a replacement, but a supplement to help you understand the book’s key ideas and recommendations.

Table of Contents

Title Page

Copyright

Dedication

Important Note

Prologue

1. The Ghost that Haunts Me

2. First Contact

3. The Unit

4. Half-Life

5. Scaffolds of Consciousness

6. Psychobabble

7. The World as Will

8. Tennis, Anyone?

9. Yes and No

10. Are You in Pain?

11. Live or Let Die

12. Alfred Hitchcock Presents

13. Back from the Dead

14. Take Me Home

15. Reading Minds

Index

About the Author

Prologue

Before the accident seven months ago, Amy was a smart college-varsity basketball player with everything to live for. She left a bar one night with friends when she accidentally toppled, slamming her head on a concrete curb. The head injury have damaged the axons and blood vessels in critical regions of the brain. Now Amy is in a vegetative state and would require round-the-clock care for as long as she lived. Doctors had asked Amy’s parents if they would consider taking her off life support and allowing her to die. But Amy’s parents were not ready to take that step. They signed a consent form to allow Adrian Owen at Western University’s Brian and Mind Institute to put

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