Free Kindle Textbook: The Cerebellum: Brain for an Implicit Self (FT Press Science)

post by buybuydandavis · 2012-06-07T02:43:19.652Z · score: 4 (9 votes) · LW · GW · Legacy · 19 comments

**** DEAL OVER: As of 20120611.

Another free kindle I thought some might have interest in. I haven't read it, but the first review was glowing and looked relevant.

First Amazon Review:

> Five Star Final; Excellent; A "must read" for any "student" of brain-behavior relationships

UPDATE: Still free at the US amazon at 2pm eastern time. Reports that it is not free at the UK site, which I verified. Since I can log in to the UK site from the US and see the price, I assume people in the UK could sign into the US site and buy it. If anyone gives that a try, let me know and I'll further update the top level.

UPDATE:  Free at Can buy at the US site from the Netherlands. Can't buy from FR or US sites from UK.



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comment by wedrifid · 2012-06-11T07:34:58.091Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)

For those who don't feel like dealing with DRM, an alternate source.

comment by Nic_Smith · 2012-06-08T07:18:34.367Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)

B&N Nook version is also currently free.

comment by Jayson_Virissimo · 2012-06-10T04:03:50.570Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)

Thanks, downloaded.

comment by RichardKennaway · 2012-06-07T08:32:16.196Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)

Why do you call it "free"? I see no pricing information when I look on, and on it is priced at £32.99.

comment by Jayson_Virissimo · 2012-06-07T09:34:15.488Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)

What country are you (or your proxy) in? For me, the link goes to a page showing a price of $0.00.

comment by RichardKennaway · 2012-06-07T10:38:42.341Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)

The UK. Free vs. £32.99 is taking differential pricing to an extreme. Have you succeeded in buying it for $0?

comment by bbleeker · 2012-06-07T10:57:02.918Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)

I 'bought' it for $0.00 from I'm in the Netherlands.

comment by RichardKennaway · 2012-06-07T11:28:15.957Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p) is now showing me a price: $50.68. I suspect $0 was a glitch.

comment by bbleeker · 2012-06-07T11:33:58.437Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)

That price is for the hardcover. The ebook is still $0.00. :-)

comment by RichardKennaway · 2012-06-07T11:39:05.392Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)

The hardcover price I see on is $56.16, Kindle for $50.68. still has it free, but won't let me buy it from the UK. has it for €50.94. I'm betting this really is a glitch currently in the process of being fixed.

comment by bbleeker · 2012-06-13T10:35:07.155Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)

You're right, it probably was a glitch. I looked again today and now it's $52.89 for the Kindle edition. :(

comment by Filipe · 2012-06-08T22:56:40.055Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)

Free in Brazil, as well.

comment by lukeprog · 2012-06-07T03:20:50.799Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)


comment by torekp · 2012-06-10T00:36:55.213Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)

Interesting that the title seems to contradict a prediction of Giulio Tonini's theory. The following is from Biol. Bull. 215 (2008):

[Integrated information] is low for systems that are made up of small, quasi-independent modules ... This may be why the cerebellum, despite its large number of neurons, does not contribute much to consciousness: its synaptic organization is such that individual patches of cerebellar cortex tend to be activated independently of one another, with little interaction between distant patches.

comment by Alex_Altair · 2012-06-10T00:41:49.192Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)

People without cerebellums live fine, except for some motor control issues. It definitely can't be essential for consciousness.

comment by [deleted] · 2012-06-11T17:25:44.299Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)

"Fine" might be a stretch, there are indices that indicate that cerebellum have cognitive functions as well. If you have any particularly source that says otherwise please share.

comment by Alex_Altair · 2012-06-11T18:56:27.886Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)

My source is my neuroscience professor, who paid quite a lot of attention to research on the cerebellum. But of course, any published science would override his in-class comments.

comment by RichardKennaway · 2012-06-11T20:13:10.062Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)

In Ito's book, one of the last chapters is about cognitive functions in the cerebellum. I've only glanced over it, but see e.g. section 17-6, which begins "Numerous studies have now shown cognitive activity in the cerebellum." Here is a 2009 review article on language and the cerebellum.

comment by buybuydandavis · 2012-06-07T17:50:12.818Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)

Kindle version still free for me at the US site.