Human: The Science Behind What Makes Your Brain Unique
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Human: The Science Behind What Makes Your Brain Unique

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by Michael S. Gazzaniga
     
 

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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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

Robert Bazell
“Brilliantly written and utterly fascinating. Gazzaniga stands as a giant among neuroscientists, for both the quality of his research and his ability to communicate it to a general public with infectious enthusiasm.”
Daniel Henninger
“One could ask for no better guide... compelling, wide-ranging tour.”
Floyd E. Bloom
“[Readers] will enjoy the science he unravels.”
Doctor - Steven E. Hyman
"Michael Gazzaniga shares his considerable insight... compelling, and at the same time, clear."
V.S. Ramachandran
“Gazzaniga is one of the founders of the field of cognitive neuroscience... full of dazzling insights... engaging.”--
Steven Pinker
“...[A] shimmering new book...[Gazzaniga] explains the latest findings from the sciences of mind and brain in a coherent and satisfying narrative. This is the place to look to learn about our best scientific understanding of what it means to be human.”
Dr. Steven E. Hyman
“Michael Gazzaniga shares his considerable insight... compelling, and at the same time, clear.”
New York Sun
“The book is an intellectual romp through the cognitive neurosciences . . . a rich testimony to the incredible accomplishments of the human brain in coming to understand itself.”
Titlepage.tv
“Wonderfully smart and often funny...I recommend [HUMAN] highly. This book combines succinct views of how we became the amazing animals that we are, the biological bases of morality, and some atonishing futurology.”
Washington Examiner
“As wide-ranging as it is deep, and as entertaining as it is informative, the latest offering from University of California at Santa Barbara neuroscientist Gazzaniga (The Ethical Brain) will please a diverse array of readers.”
New York Times Book Review
“Gazzaniga, a cognitive neuroscientist at the University of California, Santa Barbara (and one of the inventors of the field), takes us on a lively tour through the latest research on brain evolution.”
CNBC.com
“In this book, Gazzaniga uses science AND some truly engaging, witty writing to explain us to us.”
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
“Sweeping, erudite and humorous. . . If you are looking for one book that gives you a Cook’s Tour of the human brain, where it came from and where it is heading, this would be an excellent choice.”
Saturday Evening Post
“Readers of Gazzaniga’s intriguing insights into the realm of neuroscience are certain to have their consciousnesses pleasantly piqued in numerous ways.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060892890
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
06/30/2009
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
464
Sales rank:
1,126,476
Product dimensions:
5.32(w) x 8.02(h) x 1.10(d)

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What People are saying about this

Robert Bazell
“Brilliantly written and utterly fascinating. Gazzaniga stands as a giant among neuroscientists, for both the quality of his research and his ability to communicate it to a general public with infectious enthusiasm.”
V.S. Ramachandran
“Gazzaniga is one of the founders of the field of cognitive neuroscience... full of dazzling insights... engaging.”—
Daniel Henninger
“One could ask for no better guide... compelling, wide-ranging tour.”
Steven Pinker
“...[A] shimmering new book...[Gazzaniga] explains the latest findings from the sciences of mind and brain in a coherent and satisfying narrative. This is the place to look to learn about our best scientific understanding of what it means to be human.”
Floyd E. Bloom
“[Readers] will enjoy the science he unravels.”
Steven E. Hyman
“Michael Gazzaniga shares his considerable insight... compelling, and at the same time, clear.”

Meet the Author

Michael S. Gazzaniga is internationally recognized in the field of neuroscience and a pioneer in cognitive research. He is the director of the SAGE Center for the Study of the Mind at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is the author of many popular science books, including Who’s in Charge? (Ecco, 2011). He has six children and lives in California with his wife.

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