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“The soul in the brain: the cerebral basis of language, art, and belief” represents a major project from neuropsychiatrist Michael Trimble. An original and distinguished academic who has focused his research on the behavioural and psychiatric correlates of epilepsy, Dr Trimble has attempted to describe the neurological substrates that make us uniquely human. Ambitious and broad, the book tackles everything from religion, ethics, philosophy, poetry, music and visual art, while attempting to place the appearance of these uniquely human abilities in a historically temporal schema and understand their neuroanatomical underpinnings. The influence of neurological and psychiatric disorders is explored as they relate to creativity, whether religious, philosophical, literary, musical or visual. Simultaneously, the author attempts to translate these fascinating topics to a large audience, an audience presumably linked together by an interest in the brain and the mind. Written by …