Critical review of some of the more extreme claims about “neuroplasticity”

The Wall Street Journal edition for 2-28-15 includes an interesting book review 2 books about neuroplasticity. The review, “Brainstorms Brewing,” is by Raymond Tallis, MD, who is described on his website as “ a philosopher, poet, novelist and cultural critic and was until recently a physician and clinical scientist.” He does seem to have impressive credentials for the material being discussed, including neurological work with acute and rehabilitation patients and award-winning research and publications about the brain and, more directly related to the topics of my blog, human behavior and psychology.