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    Michael D Lemonick(Author)

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In the aftermath of a shattering illness, Lonni Sue Johnson lives in a "perpetual now," where she has almost no memories of the past and a nearly complete inability to form new ones. The Perpetual Now is the moving story of this exceptional woman, and the groundbreaking revelations about memory, learning, and consciousness her unique case has uncovered.

Lonni Sue Johnson was a renowned artist who regularly produced covers for The New Yorker, a gifted musician, a skilled amateur pilot, and a joyful presence to all who knew her. But in late 2007, she contracted encephalitis. The disease burned through her hippocampus like wildfire, leaving her severely amnesic, living in a present that rarely progresses beyond ten to fifteen minutes.
Remarkably, she still retains much of the intellect and artistic skills from her previous life, but it's not at all clear how closely her consciousness resembles yours or mine. As such, Lonni Sue's story has become part of a much larger scientific narrative--one that is currently challenging traditional wisdom about how human memory and awareness are stored in the brain.
In this probing, compassionate, and illuminating book, award-winning science journalist Michael D. Lemonick uses the unique drama of Lonni Sue Johnson's day-to-day life to give us a nuanced and intimate understanding of the science that lies at the very heart of human nature.

"There may be nothing so evanescent as memory. It s fleeting, it s fickle, it s destructible, and yet it s the very foundation of who we are. So what happens when it s suddenly annihilated? Lonnie Sue Johnson artist, musician, pilot learned that in the most painful and personal way imaginable in 2007, when a sudden encephalitis infection destroyed her hippocampus, the locus of memory in the brain. She recovered, but lives in a world of moments, in which all memories are wiped clean and start over every 10 or 15 minutes. In "The Perpetual Now," Michael D. Lemonick, the rare journalist and author who can weave a compelling narrative while unpacking complex science, tells Johnson's unexpectedly life-affirming story and, in doing so, explores what researchers know and are continually learning about human memory. With this book, as with all of Lemonick's books, I came away both moved by what I read, and smarter for having read it."--Jeffrey Kluger, author of "The Sibling Effect, "co-author of "Apollo 13"

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  • PDF | 282 pages
  • Michael D Lemonick(Author)
  • Doubleday Books (7 Feb. 2017)
  • English
  • 10
  • Health, Family & Lifestyle

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