The Author Anthony W Johns.
Book Reviews Of The Book The "Brain Natures Own Computer."
Notes From The Author.
Although my book is a science book it is created with prose for the lay reader and children down to the age of twelve to easily understand, the book being illustrated with easy to understand graphs and tables.
I have also recruited lay public reviewers using social networking sites, references, Linkedin and Twitter. I also used Booktasters a company that for a small fee uses ordinary members of the public to view and review new books. None of these reviews have been biased by Book Tasters or the author.
The main objective of getting reviews from the lay public, this is who my book is aimed at: is to assess all the criticisms, rectify all the faults and update the book accordingly.
The best review is review nine by Alejandro Nitsch a Medical Doctor Twitter Handle @tenkaivanish his closing comment is "I think this book deserves to be published and even studied in medicine schools around the world. I'm grateful for the opportunity of reading and reviewing it."
This review was published by Amazon, the reviewer is a Mr. Pete Wilkinson. Pete gave a very favorable review of my book and Pete awarded my book four out of five stars in his review.
5 star 0 4 star 1 3 star 0 2 star 0 1 star 0 By Pete Wilkinson on 26 Sept. 2016 For me this was an interesting read. I have had some experience of some the issues the book discusses. The book is aimed at the lay reader and uses very straight forward language. The author talks a lot about his own life and beliefs. The author had a nervous breakdown in 1988 or Serious Neural Corruption as he calls it. This led him to study the brain and how it works. I am not sure I agree with all his conclusions, for example he argues that being different can lead to bullying and then to mental illness, sometimes adverse environmental conditions can make a person stronger and not weaker it depends on the character of the person. Although the author has tried to write the book to appeal to the masses I am not sure it would. However, I admire his attempt to simplify the subject. Worth a look if you are interested in how the brain works.
The Amazon Review
This reviewer is Elisabeth Carey, Twitter handle @ElisabethCarey Elisabeth is a very professional reviewer, a reference librarian with experience in legal, biotech, academic libraries. Elizabeth manages a blog, this is where my book review is also published.
The Elisabeth Carey Review.
This book review is also published by Goodreads , the Goodreads full Elisabeth Carey review is published - here .
This reviewer is Mikah Slatter, Twitter handle @MikahSlatter
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I have attached a link to my review of your book to this email. I just wanted to say I really enjoyed it and would love to read anything else you've written! Thank you!
"Anthony Johns writes a tremendously simple book about a topic that most people spend thousands of dollars over decades studying: the brain. His book tells explains the brain as "Nature's own computer," and all of the chapters carry this theme. He spends a lot of time addressing mental illness and the probable causes of it in our society.
The book also discusses religion and evolution and how both worldviews play a part in our mental state. Overall, I would venture to say that I learned more about how the human brain works from this book than any science class I ever took (but I was never that great at science). It's a great read that addresses all of the questions the brain asks about itself."
This reviewer is medical doctor, Twitter Handle @tenkaivanish
Forwarded: Book Review, Alejandro Nitsch Hello, Dr. Johns! I hope you're doing great! ---------- Forwarded message ---------- From: Alejandro Nitsch
Date: 2016-11-27 0:14 GMT-06:00 Subject: Book Review To: firstname.lastname@example.org Hi, Mr. Johns! Please excuse my being late on handing the review. Thank you again for the wonderful opportunity to read and review your book. _________________________________ Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review via BookTasters. Mr. Anthony Johns is a very kind and amiable person and is more than qualified to write a book on the subject of Brain structure and function, both from personal experience and from hard work and extensive research. I chose the book because of the subject and my interest in medicine, neurobiology and psychology. I am a medical doctor, amateur magician and student of Neuro- Linguistic Programming. His book "The Brain, Nature's Own Computer" is the product of seventeen years of research and study. It is written in a plain style simple enough for children to understand. The file was created in HTML4 and then transformed into a pdf file. Every page has a sky-blue background color that makes it different from every other book but probably has a positive influence in the reader as it is not straining on the eyeseight. The language and vocabulary employed make the contents understandable and easy to follow. The contents can be understood more easily if one takes into account three factors: 1. The author is an electronics service and design engineer, which influences the view on the brain as a biological machine. It also influences the writing and typing style as some aspects of structure and syntax have hints of computer programming language. 2. The author suffered a Serious Neural Corruption (nervous breakdown) and after four years of treatment and hard work he was able to recover from that - something that many people cannot accomplish on their own- and this inspired him to write a book that focuses on explaining how the brain works and inspiring people to overcome mental illness. Some of the author's personal views (due to adverse personal experiences) on subjects such as religion also influence the contents, which will require an open mind from the reader in order to read the book. 3. The book is product of seventeen years of intensive research and numerous editing processes, which have led to a book written in a simple language yet conveying deep truths and contents that can change the way a person views the world. Overall, the book has made me view the brain under a different light, helping me in its study and application in everyday situations. It also helps in understandign people's behavior and motivation, as well as facilitating some examples that can be used to explain things like mood or emotions, among others. The language and contents are easy to follow and explained in the first chapter. After reading and learning the scientific facts and separating opinion from proven fact, I was left with several thoughts and ideas that people undergoing a Serious Neural Corruption can use to overcome this predicament. Some things like evolution and religion have caused and will always cause controversy and conflict. Discretion and disposition are advised for the reader to read and understand these contents. I think this book deserves to be published and even studied in medicine schools around the world. I'm grateful for the opportunity of reading and reviewing it. Thank you, Mr. Johns! Best Regards Alejandro Nitsch
From: Marina Ilic
Date: Mon, December 12, 2016 3:24 pm To: email@example.com Marinas Twitter Handle @ilic30_marina From Goodreads: A confession: I am a person who in her life has struggled with melancholy and depression and as a result I am passionate in studying human nature and mental health. I spent years studying what could help me and found solutions in everything from yoga to antidepressants to gingko biloba supplements. When booktasters offered me the chance to read this book for free in exchange for an honest review I took it. I am proud to report that Anthony Johns treats the human brain as nature's own computer. Like any laptop or personal computer the human brain can break down and die or fall ill due to chemical imbalances and dysfunctions. Mr. Johns includes in his book examples of mental illnesses such as depression, dementia, and bipolar disorder and their causes in neurotransmitters and chemical imbalances in the human brain. He lists other factors that lead to the brain falling sick such as growing up in a dysfunctional home and enduring abuse and bullying in life. He lists the marks of a healthy person and a healthy society and notes that the U.S and U.K for the most part are actually failing to treat the rising tide of mental disorders! As a person who studies psychology I found this book extremely helpful and relevant to my own struggles with mental health. Let me be clear: as a person who is fascinated by psychology and mental health I found this book an absolutely necessary read. I am reading an entire series of books on mental health including books on Taoism, Buddhism, meditation, and brain health and as a part of that theme this book is a short and sweet scientific account of the brain as the organic computer of Mother Nature. Anthony Johns notes what can harm or kill the brain and contribute to mental illness, including enduring abuse, bullying, social isolation, and living in dysfunctional home. He categorizes the list of behaviors people manifest harming themselves and others. They include: 1. Smoking, drug and alcohol abuse. 2. Too much or too little food. 3. Too much or too little sleep. 4. Negative thinking that leads to self-defeat. 5. Entertaining suicidal behavior. He notes that dysfunctional individuals are now increasing in number in the west and especially in the U.K and U.S. and they will wreck society with their violent behavior. Personally this already come to pass especially in American society where people have forgotten how to take care of themselves and their everyday occurrences of mass violence. The flip side are examples of functional and healthy behavior of people who have healthy brains. This book comes with charts and graphs which are useful for understanding scientific data. Anyone who is studying how to have a healthier brain should read this book as a part of their studies on the human brain. Highly recommended for everyone and especially if you have an interest in mental health. You are far far away from being alone in your struggle with mental illness because I am here fighting alongside you and everyone else. Sincerely, Marina
4.0 out of 5 stars I Found It Fascinating, October 30, 2016 By CristiAk This review is from: The Brain: Natures Own Computer. (Kindle Edition) I was surprised by this book. I am very interested in the brain and the whole how/why we think and do as we do. I was excited to read it but also wary that it might be over my head. I am happy to report that I was able to follow it very well. I both like and dislike this book. I will give my reasons for liking it first. I liked that I found it easy to read. I liked that I was able to find a lot of useful and interesting things in it. There were a number of things that I agree with. There were, also, some things that were new to me. I appreciate the author using his personal experience to help us. All of this worked for me. What didn't work for me was that I felt the author wavered between explaining things to an audience of children and an adult audience. I didn't feel that he was entirely addressing one or the other, but was going back and forth. This was a bit difficult for me as, at times, I felt that I was being spoken down to. I also did not care for, what felt to me, being hit over the head with evolution. I understand that you choose not to believe and I am fine with it. I am open minded about religion. The author had a traumatic experience with religion and I personally felt, at times, it played into his feelings on religion. My verdict on this book is that there is a lot of useful information in it. My favorite is the retraining of the brain. I absolutely believe this will be important in mental health practices. A scientist wrote this book so I was expecting that science would be heavily represented. The author does admit that religion has played an important role in survival for many. I applaud that as I do find that some type of religious belief does help many. I also found useful and interesting, the author's view on love and mate selection. I would recommend people to read it. It is fascinating and informative. I came across this book from BookTasters. The author provided an electronic copy for review purposes. As, I believe, this copy was not a published version I cannot make an informed decision regarding editing issues that were noted in the unpublished version I was given. I have no idea if the blue background was just on my copy or it is used in the published version. I did not particularly care for it. I did not come across any reason for it so I am unsure why it was used. I will not be using editing issues in my star rating decision.
This reviewer is James Thomas. Twitter Handle @Mister_E_Box On 03/01/17 07:16, Anthony wrote: Please give me an illustration, illustrations, of the techno-babble, you are the first reviewer to highlight this. Kind Regards Anthony. James replied 11/01/17 with further helpful comments, unfortunately there was no reference to techno-babble illustrations On 02/01/17 23:42, James wrote: The Brain: Nature's Own Computer by Anthony Johns is a satisfactory read for those who enjoy technical concepts without being familiar with cognition or the brain in general. The author has a background in computer sciences and personal experience training his brain after a nervous breakdown in 1988. Since that time, Johns has dedicated himself to the study and understanding of the brain. This book is essentially the research from that period and forward and is aimed at a younger reading audience. How much younger? That is a tricky question due to the inconsistent stylistic and technical choices of the author. There were definitely sections I felt my nine-year-old son, with some coaching on my part, would benefit greatly from and enjoy. There were whole sections I was drowning in techno-babble. Admittedly, I do not have a degree (or significant personal study) in the nature of the brain, but if the aim was for the lay-person to be permitted to glimpse the cogs in the machine and come away edified, there was some left to be desired. I would have preferred that this book were a textbook in a class I could attend. There were some spelling and grammar errors, which Johns was honest about at the very beginning. I received a free e-copy of this book for doing this review. Thank you for the wonderful opportunity to read this book and for all the hard work! - james
This reviewer is Manlei Santos. Twitter Handle @santeoni First of all, I didn't expect this book to please me the way it did. I thought it was only going to be another book about our brain, with scientific arguments and all. But it was more than that. It was an easy read. The book, as I progressed, showed to be philosophical, scientific, instructive and very easy to read. Particularly, the writing style, meant to be accessible for everyone, was another very positive point about the book. It is easy to understand, for people that don't speak english in an advanced stage, and for those who are not familiar with the topic. It did present lots of useful information about our brain, and habits that we should take to keep it healthy. Also its content is very useful for parents, specially recent parents, that is having their first child. With the book they can learn some attitudes that can improve their children's childhood and future life. I considered this one of the best things in the book. I, personally, will certainly create some habits based on this book, in order to provide the best for my kids - when I decide to have one. Habits that will keep them away from any neural corruption(thanks to this book). The book is very useful as well for those who had problems in their childhood, psychological problems, later progressing to a nervous breakdown, as stated in the book. These people can find useful information on how to carry on with their lives and how to overcome these traumas. Manlei Santos
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