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Sidarta Ribeiro - The Oracle of Night

Sidarta Ribeiro - The Oracle of Night

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The Oracle of Night by Sidarta Ribeiro

What is a dream? Why do we dream? How do our bodies and minds use dreams?

These questions are the starting point for this unprecedented, astonishing study of the role and significance of dreams, from the beginning of human history.

Sidarta Ribeiro, a world-renowned neuroscientist, discusses dreams from many perspectives: from history, evolution, art, psychoanalysis, medicine, molecular biology, pharmacology, neurophysiology and more. 

The book includes thought provoking illustrations are provided from art and neuroscience, which are inspiring. The neuroscience of dreams, a field long neglected, is now "awakened” though the cutting-edge research of Ribeiro and his colleagues. In addition to the historical impact of dreams on present day life, Ribeiro provides an exciting insight to the rewards of studying the science of dreams for the future benefit of mankind, both personally and universally.

About the Author

Sidarta Ribeiro is a Brazilian neuroscientist, currently Director of the Brain Institute at Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte, which he joined in 2008. From 2009-2011, he served as Secretary of the Brazilian Society for Neuroscience and Behavior. He holds a postdoctorate in neurophysiology from Duke University and has published more than 100 scientific articles in international journals.

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