Human: The Science Behind What Makes Us Unique
  • Human: The Science Behind What Makes Us Unique
  • Human: The Science Behind What Makes Us Unique

Human: The Science Behind What Makes Us Unique

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by Michael S. Gazzaniga
     
 

ISBN-10: 0060892889

ISBN-13: 9780060892883

Pub. Date: 06/24/2008

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

One of the world's leading neuroscientists explores how best to understand the human condition by examining the biological, psychological, and highly social nature of our species within the social context of our lives.

What happened along the evolutionary trail that made humans so unique? In his widely accessible style, Michael

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One of the world's leading neuroscientists explores how best to understand the human condition by examining the biological, psychological, and highly social nature of our species within the social context of our lives.

What happened along the evolutionary trail that made humans so unique? In his widely accessible style, Michael Gazzaniga looks to a broad range of studies to pinpoint the change that made us thinking, sentient humans, different from our predecessors.

Neuroscience has been fixated on the life of the psychological self for the past fifty years, focusing on the brain systems underlying language, memory, emotion, and perception. What it has not done is consider the stark reality that most of the time we humans are thinking about social processes, comparing ourselves to and estimating the intentions of others. In Human, Gazzaniga explores a number of related issues, including what makes human brains unique, the importance of language and art in defining the human condition, the nature of human consciousness, and even artificial intelligence.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060892883
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
06/24/2008
Pages:
464
Sales rank:
989,722
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.60(d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     xi
Prologue     1
The Basics of Human Life
Are Human Brains Unique?     7
Would a Chimp Make a Good Date?     38
Navigating the Social World
Big Brains and Expanding Social Relationships     79
The Moral Compass Within     113
I Feel Your Pain     158
The Glory of Being Human
What's Up with the Arts?     203
We All Act like Dualists: The Converter Function     246
Is Anybody There?     276
Beyond Current Constraints
Who Needs Flesh?     325
Afterword     386
Notes     391
Index     432

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I read the review of this book in the NY Times, was fascinated by it, and ordered it. Perhaps I shouldn't have ordered it. I don't know whether I'll ever get through it. A rather sophisticated knowledge of genes, DNA, etc, seems to be important if one is to enjoy reading it.