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"Theway Brockman interlaces essays about research on the frontiers of science withones on artistic vision, education, psychology and economics is sure to buzzany brain." —Chicago Sun-Times on This WillChange Everything
Markingthe debut of a hard-hitting new series from Edge.org and Harper Perennial,editor John Brockman delivers a cutting-edge master class covering everythingyou need to know about The Mind. With original contributions by theworld’s leading thinkers and scientists, including Steven Pinker, George Lakoff, Philip Zimbardo, V. S. Ramachandran, and others, The Mind offers aconsciousness-expanding primer on a fundamental topic. Unparalleled in scope,depth, insight and quality, Edge.org’s The Mind isnot to be missed.
About the Author
The publisher of the online science salon Edge.org, John Brockman is the editor of Know This, This Idea Must Die, This Explains Everything, This Will Make You Smarter, and other volumes.
Table of Contents
1 Organs of Computation Steven Pinker 1
2 Phïlosophy in the Flesh George Lakoff 11
3 Parallel Memories: Putting Emotions Back into the Brain Joseph Ledoux 31
4 Sexual Selection and the Mind Geoffrey Miller 49
5 Rescuing Memory Steven Rose 63
6 How Is Personality Formed? Frank Sulloway 79
7 Mirror Neurons and Imitation Learning as the Driving Force Behind "the Great Leap Forward" in Human Evolution V. S. Ramachandran 101
8 A Self Worth Having Nicholas Humphrey 113
9 You Can't Be a Sweet Cucumber in a Vinegar Barrel Philip Zimbardo 129
10 The Neurology of Self-Awareness V. S. Ramachandran 147
11 Eudaemonia: The Good Life Martin Seligman 153
12 What Are Numbers, Really? A Cerebral Basis for Number Sense Stanislas Dehaene 169
13 The Assortative Mating Theory Simon Baron-Cohen 181
14 Toxo: The Parasite that Is Manipulating Human Behavior Robert Sapolsky 191
15 Amazing Babies Alison Gopnik 201
16 Signatures of Consciousness Stanislas Dehaene 217
17 How Can Educated People Continue to Be Radical Environmentalists? David Lykken 239
18 Moral Psychology and the Misunderstanding of Religion Jonathan Haidt 251
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
As an engineer not educated in philosophy or social science, I was surprised to find how well the author laid out his positions on social interaction and organization. The book presents both logical and observation-based reasons for his conclusion. The last chapters in particular are valuable in the present-day practice of tuning out opposing viewpoints.