Broks, Dr. Paul
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Paul Broks trained as a clinical psychologist
at Oxford University before specializing in neuropsychology.
His career combines clinical practice and basic research and
he is senior clinical lecturer at Plymouth University in Britain.
His numerous research publications cover a wide range of interests,
including autism, schizophrenia and acquired brain disorder.
"Into the Silent Land" is Broks' first non-fiction work, the
result of his entry in a competition to write the next popular
science bestseller. Broks' attempt won him a book deal for
his blend of real-life neurological cases, science fiction,
and personal disclosures.
'On Ego' Written by British playwright
Mick Gordon and neuropsychologist Paul Broks, "On Ego" is
inspired by Broks' best-selling book, "Into the Silent Land,"a
poetic meditation on the nature of the brain. Short-listed
for the Guardian First Book award, 2003, the book has been
translated into ten languages.
"On Ego" portrays a neuroscientist whose
experiments on a futuristic cutting edge of consciousness lead
him to pose the greatest scientific and philosophical riddle
of all: how does the brain construct a self? How does, in fact,
meat become mind? The stakes of the dramatic conflict are raised
by the passionate and complicated personal relationships between
the characters: a father, a husband, and a wife with slowly
progressing brain cancer. Dramatically juxtaposing "ego theory"
with "bundle theory," "On Ego" explores whether we are simply
skin, bone and a hundred billion brain cells, or feeling, loving,