Human by Michael S. Gazzaniga
The Science Behind What Makes Us Unique

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What happened along the evolutionary trail that made humans so unique? In his accessible style, Michael Gazzaniga pinpoints the change that made us thinking, sentient humans different from our predecessors. He explores what makes human brains special, the importance of language and art in defining the human condition, the nature of human consciousness, and even artificial intelligence.

 

About Michael S. Gazzaniga

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Michael S. Gazzaniga is the director of the SAGE Center for the Study of the Mind at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is the president of the Cognitive Neuroscience Institute, the founding director of the MacArthur Foundation’s Law and Neuroscience Project, and a member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, the Institute of Medicine, and the National Academy of Sciences. He lives in California.
 
Published October 13, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 465 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math, Professional & Technical, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction

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The elegant popularizer trots out study after study in brain science, emphasizing evolutionary and developmental psychology as well as his own research on split-brain patients and others with neurological lesions.

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As Gazzaniga concludes, “The arts are not frosting but baking soda.” In a hair-raising final chapter, Gazzaniga turns to the question of whether technology may eventually make us something other than human, exploring such potential enhancements as brain implants and germ-line gene therapy, which...

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Scientific American

Little, Brown, 2008 Susskind, a professor of theoretical physics at Stanford University, delivers a beautifully written account of the battle over the true nature of black holes that he and Dutch physicist Gerard ’t Hooft have waged with Stephen Hawking: “In 1976 Stephen Hawking imagined throwi...

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New Scientist

What follows is a detailed excursion into Gazzaniga's lifelong passion - the human brain - and his attempts to ...

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