Unique: The New Science of Human Individuality

Unique: The New Science of Human Individuality

by David Linden
Unique: The New Science of Human Individuality

Unique: The New Science of Human Individuality

by David Linden


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Inspired by the abundance of unique personalities available on dating websites, a renowned neuroscientist examines the science of what makes you, you.

David J. Linden has devoted his career to understanding the biology common to all humans. But a few years ago he found himself on OkCupid. Looking through that vast catalog of human diversity, he got to wondering: What makes us all so different? Unique is the riveting answer. Exploring everything from the roots of sexuality, gender, and intelligence to whether we like bitter beer, Linden shows how our individuality results not from a competition of nature versus nurture, but rather from a mélange of genes continually responding to our experiences in the world, beginning in the womb. And he shows why individuality matters, as it is our differences that enable us to live together in groups.

Told with Linden's unusual combination of authority and openness, seriousness of purpose and wit, Unique is the story of how the factors that make us all human can change and interact to make each of us a singular person.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781541698888
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 09/29/2020
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 530,947
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

David J. Linden is a professor of neuroscience at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, where his lab studies memory storage and recovery of function after brain injury. He is the author of three previous books: Touch, The Accidental Mind, and The Compass of Pleasure. He lives in Baltimore, Maryland.

Table of Contents

Prologue 1

1 It Runs in the Family 9

2 Are You Experienced? 35

3 I Forgot to Remember to Forget You 67

4 Sexual Self 91

5 Who Do You Love? 131

6 We Are the Anti-Pandas 159

7 Sweet Dreams Are Made of This 197

8 A Day at the Races 221

Epilogue 249

Acknowledgments 255

Notes 257

Index 303

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