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)
“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 . . . shows how both disciplines foster creativity.” ―The Wall Street Journal
“The Runaway Species approach[es] creativity scientifically but sensitively, feeling its roots without pulling them...
|Consciousness and the Brain: Deciphering How the Brain Codes Our Thoughts|
by Stanislas Dehaene (Author)
WINNER OF THE 2014 BRAIN PRIZE
From the acclaimed author of Reading in the Brain, a breathtaking look at the new science that can track consciousness deep in the brain
How does our brain generate a conscious thought? And why does so much of our knowledge remain unconscious? Thanks to clever psychological and brain-imaging experiments, scientists are closer to cracking this mystery than ever before.
In this lively book, Stanislas Dehaene describes the...
|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...
|The Tell-Tale Brain: A Neuroscientist's Quest for What Makes Us Human|
by V. S. Ramachandran (Author)
"A profoundly intriguing and compelling guide to the intricacies of the human brain." ―Oliver Sacks
In this landmark work, V. S. Ramachandran investigates strange, unforgettable cases―from patients who believe they are dead to sufferers of phantom limb syndrome. With a storyteller’s eye for compelling case studies and a researcher’s flair for new approaches to age-old questions, Ramachandran tackles the most exciting and controversial topics in brain science,...
|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.
|Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst|
by Robert M. Sapolsky (Author)
The New York Times bestseller
“It’s no exaggeration to say that Behave is one of the best nonfiction books I’ve ever read.” —David P. Barash, The Wall Street Journal
"It has my vote for science book of the year.” —Parul Sehgal, The New York Times
"Hands-down one of the best books I’ve read in years. I loved it." —Dina Temple-Raston, The Washington Post
Named a Best...
|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...
|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...