Locked in the silence and darkness of your skull, your brain fashions the rich narratives of your reality and your identity. Join renowned neuroscientist David Eagleman for a journey into the questions at the mysterious heart of our existence. What is reality? Who are “you”? How do you make decisions? Why does your brain need other people? How is technology poised to change what it means to be human? In the course of his investigations, Eagleman guides us through the world of extreme sports, criminal justice, facial expressions, genocide, brain surgery, gut feelings, robotics, and the search for immortality. Strap in for a whistle-stop tour into the inner cosmos. In the infinitely dense tangle of billions of brain cells and their trillions of connections, something emerges that you might not have expected to see in there: you. This is the story of how your life shapes your brain, and how your brain shapes your life. (A companion to the six-part PBS series. Color illustrations throughout.)
|Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain|
by David Eagleman (Author)
If the conscious mind--the part you consider to be you--is just the tip of the iceberg, what is the rest doing?
In this sparkling and provocative book, renowned neuroscientist David Eagleman navigates the depths of the subconscious brain to illuminate its surprising mysteries. Why can your foot move halfway to the brake pedal before you become consciously aware of danger ahead? Is there a true Mel Gibson? How is your brain like a conflicted democracy engaged in civil war? What do...
|Sum: Forty Tales from the Afterlives|
by David Eagleman (Author)
At once funny, wistful and unsettling, Sum is a dazzling exploration of unexpected afterlives—each presented as a vignette that offers a stunning lens through which to see ourselves in the here and now. In one afterlife, you may find that God is the size of a microbe and unaware of your existence. In another version, you work as a background character in other people’s dreams. Or you may find that God is a married couple, or that the universe is running backward, or that you are forced to...
|The Runaway Species: How human creativity remakes the world|
by David Eagleman (Author), Anthony Brandt (Author)
“Unravels the interplay of art, neuroscience and evolution, while celebrating the special thing that is human innovation.” ―Entrepreneur
“A lively exploration of the software our brains run in search of the mother lode of invention” ―Nature
The Runaway Species is a deep-dive into the creative mind, a celebration of the human spirit, and a vision of how we can improve our future by understanding and embracing our ability to innovate....
|Deviate: The Science of Seeing Differently|
by Beau Lotto (Author)
Beau Lotto, the world-renowned neuroscientist, entrepreneur, and two-time TED speaker, takes us on a tour of how we perceive the world, and how disrupting it leads us to create and innovate.
Perception is the foundation of human experience, but few of us understand why we see what we do, much less how. By revealing the startling truths about the brain and its perceptions, Beau Lotto shows that the next big innovation is not a new technology: it is a new way of seeing.
|The Runaway Species: How Human Creativity Remakes the World|
by Canongate Books Ltd (Publisher)
“The authors look at art and science together to examine how innovations―from Picasso’s initially offensive paintings to Steve Jobs’s startling iPhone―build on what already exists and rely on three brain operations: bending, breaking and blending. This manifesto of sorts shows how both disciplines foster creativity.” ―The Wall Street Journal
The Runaway Species is a deep-dive into the creative mind, a celebration of the human spirit, and a vision of...
|The Hand: How Its Use Shapes the Brain, Language, and Human Culture|
by Frank R. Wilson (Author)
"A startling argument . . . provocative . . . absorbing." --The Boston Globe
"Ambitious . . . arresting . . . celebrates the importance of hands to our lives today as well as to the history of our species."
--The New York Times Book Review
The human hand is a miracle of biomechanics, one of the most remarkable adaptations in the history of evolution. The hands of a concert pianist can elicit glorious sound and stir emotion; those of a surgeon can perform the most...
|Brain: The Complete Mind: How It Develops, How It Works, and How to Keep It Sharp|
by Michael S. Sweeney (Author); Amy Briggs (Editor); Richard Resnick (Foreword) (Author)
Very Good, approaching Near Fine. See scans and description. Washington, DC: National Geographic Society / Barnes & Noble, 2014. 'Brain: The Complete Mind. How it Develops, How it Works, and How to Keep it Sharp' by Michael S. Sweeney. Foreword by Richard Resnick. Quarto, glossy illustrated perfect-bound wraps, 352 pp. (x + 342). Very Good. Not far from Near Fine, but a notable top right front cover crease (see scan) keeps this example in Very Good. Otherwise, just micro-touch wear at cover...
|High Price: A Neuroscientist's Journey of Self-Discovery That Challenges Everything You Know About Drugs and Society (P.S.)|
by Carl Hart (Author)
High Price is the harrowing and inspiring memoir of neuroscientist Carl Hart, a man who grew up in one of Miami’s toughest neighborhoods and, determined to make a difference as an adult, tirelessly applies his scientific training to help save real lives.
Young Carl didn't see the value of school, studying just enough to keep him on the basketball team. Today, he is a cutting-edge neuroscientist—Columbia University’s first tenured African American professor in the...
|Flicker: Your Brain on Movies|
by Jeffrey Zacks (Author)
How is it that a patch of flickering light on a wall can produce experiences that engage our imaginations and can feel totally real? From the vertigo of a skydive to the emotional charge of an unexpected victory or defeat, movies give us some of our most vivid experiences and lasting memories. They reshape our emotions and worldviews--but why?
In Flicker, Jeff Zacks delves into the history of cinema and the latest research to explain what happens in your head when you sit down in the...