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The 21st Century Brain: Explaining, Mending & Manipulating the Mind

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Neuroscientists now claim to be able to explain the roots of human personality. In this overview of the grey matter, Rose explores the evolutionary route by which brains progressed, up to today’s complex societies, and ponders the brain’s future.
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published March 31st 2005 by Jonathan Cape
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Martin Empson
Apr 09, 2014 Martin Empson rated it really liked it
For the dialectical scientist, the brain is not simply an unchanging lump of matter. Rose is keen to emphasize that the brain, and its functionality, is part of an evolving, changing structure that has a history. This history has shaped the physical structure of the brain, but it has also shaped how individual humans think, remember and learn.

Key to this is of course evolution, and in some of the most fascinating science writing I have ever read, Rose traces the likely evolutionary development
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Kerem
Sep 23, 2014 Kerem rated it really liked it
This is an excellent book making a good critique of our understanding on how brain works and how we think/feel/empathize, discussing a lot of aspects from the biology and evolution behind how human brain got to where it is, to environmental factors in the play, and most importantly, our ignorant perspective on social and cultural aspects affecting its development. Some of the earlier chapters are at times heavy with medical/biological terms (I admit I'm not a fan of biology and medicine ...more
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Mar 24, 2010 Kei rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
though it deals with difficult topics, it is written understandable for general readers like me. the author's ethical views are also impressive.
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