The Roving Mind

A Modern Approach to Cognitive Enhancement

Non-Fiction - Religion/Philosophy
300 Pages
Reviewed on 05/11/2015
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Reviewed by Roy T. James for Readers' Favorite

Anthony Simola, in The Roving Mind: A Modern Approach to Cognitive Enhancement, deals with a subject that involves all streams of science, medicine, and other areas like holistic healing. His explanations are simple and elegant. The book begins with an attempt to understand what intelligence in general and human intelligence in particular is by inversion — looking at what they are not. He dwells on the topics of cognitive enhancement by suitable diet and types of food to avoid, what habits are good for health, what types of food are cognitive enhancers, discussions on racetams, how to sharpen the mind, techniques of active recall, as well as other methods of stimulation of memory. He also introduces the concepts of lucid dreaming, describes recent advancements in neurosciences, and discusses the pros and cons of cognitive enhancement. He, however, warns readers that sifting through endless inferior informational resources is not the optimal way to go about acquiring specific knowledge of improving cognitive performance.

Though the subjects covered in The Roving Mind: A Modern Approach to Cognitive Enhancement by Anthony Simola are more or less specific and focused in nature, the tone and tenor of presentation make it fit for a more general audience. However, a short outline of the contents to follow at the beginning of the chapter would have been a great help, if a suggestion for improvement is a must. Almost every page introduces a novel concept for the reader, and this book has the potential to satiate the book hungry.