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In an experiment that occurred some forty years ago, Henry M.'s memory was stolen from him during a highly controversial operation performed to cure his epilepsy. Henry has lived in the immediate present ever since, unable to connect a past moment with the next, incapable of retaining or recalling any physical or emotional experience.Philip J. Hilts -- one of the few peopl In an experiment that occurred some forty years ago, Henry M.'s memory was stolen from him during a highly controversial operation performed to cure his epilepsy. Henry has lived in the immediate present ever since, unable to connect a past moment with the next, incapable of retaining or recalling any physical or emotional experience.Philip J. Hilts -- one of the few people to spend time with Henry, who is sequestered in a hospital -- draws on Henry's bizarre situation as well as current cutting-edge research into the functions of the brain in a revealing investigation of -- How an individual's memory is constructed -- When and why memory fails -- The efficacy of mnemonic devices -- The validity of "recovered" memories Part poetic reflection and philosophical meditation, part popular science and investigative journalism, Memory's Ghost is an unforgettable journey into the mysteries of the human mind.


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In an experiment that occurred some forty years ago, Henry M.'s memory was stolen from him during a highly controversial operation performed to cure his epilepsy. Henry has lived in the immediate present ever since, unable to connect a past moment with the next, incapable of retaining or recalling any physical or emotional experience.Philip J. Hilts -- one of the few peopl In an experiment that occurred some forty years ago, Henry M.'s memory was stolen from him during a highly controversial operation performed to cure his epilepsy. Henry has lived in the immediate present ever since, unable to connect a past moment with the next, incapable of retaining or recalling any physical or emotional experience.Philip J. Hilts -- one of the few people to spend time with Henry, who is sequestered in a hospital -- draws on Henry's bizarre situation as well as current cutting-edge research into the functions of the brain in a revealing investigation of -- How an individual's memory is constructed -- When and why memory fails -- The efficacy of mnemonic devices -- The validity of "recovered" memories Part poetic reflection and philosophical meditation, part popular science and investigative journalism, Memory's Ghost is an unforgettable journey into the mysteries of the human mind.

30 review for Memory's Ghost: The Nature Of Memory And The Strange Tale Of Mr. M

  1. 4 out of 5

    Dawn Taylor

    I was a little unsure at first but I ended up really liking this book. It did a good job of covering the research on animal and human memory, while chronicling the life of a man who received a lobotomy to cure his epilepsy and ended up with basically no memory, even more so than my brother. Trip can’t create new memories, so he can’t remember what he had for dinner last night. But Mr. M can’t remember who he is, where he is, what day or year it is, what happened to him, who anyone around him is, I was a little unsure at first but I ended up really liking this book. It did a good job of covering the research on animal and human memory, while chronicling the life of a man who received a lobotomy to cure his epilepsy and ended up with basically no memory, even more so than my brother. Trip can’t create new memories, so he can’t remember what he had for dinner last night. But Mr. M can’t remember who he is, where he is, what day or year it is, what happened to him, who anyone around him is, and what happened in the prior few minutes. Plus, when I opened the book there were two boarding passes in it, in my father’s and stepmother’s names. I gave the book to my father after my brother tried to kill himself, managing only to destroy his hippocampus instead. My father gave the book back to me, commenting that it didn’t really tell him anything new. Very strange comment from my dad, who never says anything bad to anyone.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    Here we find that squares of the mind are stranger than we imagine; the memory of our own traits does not depend on our collection of personal memories. They inhabit separate provinces. We do not arrive at summaries about ourselves by concluding from instances. Rather, we acquire and store a sketchy knowledge of ourselves more as we store word fragments than as we store the events of our days. Makes me feel better about my near complete lack of childhood memories. I can just substitute in some i Here we find that squares of the mind are stranger than we imagine; the memory of our own traits does not depend on our collection of personal memories. They inhabit separate provinces. We do not arrive at summaries about ourselves by concluding from instances. Rather, we acquire and store a sketchy knowledge of ourselves more as we store word fragments than as we store the events of our days. Makes me feel better about my near complete lack of childhood memories. I can just substitute in some imagined events and be like everyone else. It is only now understood that memory and imagination are at base the same process, and they can contaminate one another. Because of the abstracted nature of our grasp of the world, we lose directness, but at the same time we gain another power. In the world itself, a rock may not bend, nor may it merge with rocks of other colors. But the representations of these among our neurons can bend or mix in any sort of chimera, any felicitous or fearful hybrid. Neurons react not only to direct sensations from the world but to signals from each other. What are uncooperative solids outside us may be combined and recombined as easily as colored dyes in a transparent gel, as easily as shadow and light merge.

  3. 5 out of 5

    S.L. Berry

    The title got me interested in this so I took the book off the shelf in the library and borrowed it. The story of the profound amnesiac, Mr. M, who had part of his brain surgically removed in the effort to cure his epilepsy was quite interesting. If the science of, and history of the study of, memory could have been interwoven more into the author's investigation and writing of the story of Mr. M, the book could have been a work of narrative non-fiction. As written, it was too much on the scienc The title got me interested in this so I took the book off the shelf in the library and borrowed it. The story of the profound amnesiac, Mr. M, who had part of his brain surgically removed in the effort to cure his epilepsy was quite interesting. If the science of, and history of the study of, memory could have been interwoven more into the author's investigation and writing of the story of Mr. M, the book could have been a work of narrative non-fiction. As written, it was too much on the science of memory for me.

  4. 4 out of 5

    G

    Fantastic account of a man who - due to a botched lobotomy - was left with no short term memory.

  5. 5 out of 5

    K

    Very disappointing. Don't let the title fool you. Much more author's "knowledge" & clinical treatment of Mr M. Very disappointing. Don't let the title fool you. Much more author's "knowledge" & clinical treatment of Mr M.

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  29. 4 out of 5

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  30. 5 out of 5

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