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The Genius Within: Discovering the Intelligence of Every Living Thing

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Can bacteria be as smart as we are? Can ants think? And fish? Yes, says Frank Vertosick, a neurosurgeon who combats our elitism about intelligence in this brilliant book.
A gifted writer and author of the widely praised Why We Hurt, Vertosick shows us that intelligence--the ability to react to the outside world, to change behavior, and survive-can be found wherever life exi
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Hardcover, 368 pages
Published June 5th 2002 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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Terry Earley
May 10, 2009 Terry Earley rated it liked it
I read this several years ago and put it down. The first chapters were fascinating and engaging, but it eventually gets bogged down in technical detail.

I recommend it to all, but if you are not a medical researcher, statistician, or math whiz, you will get lost like me. The good news is that this book is very informative and useful if you can just avoid getting bogged down in the technical verbiage.
Zeke
Jul 28, 2007 Zeke rated it liked it
I always like reading about biology. I like his thesis that all living species have equal intelligence beacuse they're all still alive. But the author wasn't clever enough to hold my attention.
Galadriel
Sep 18, 2008 Galadriel rated it it was amazing
This book is one of the most amazing books I've ever read! I find I can learn more about philosophy through cellular intelligence then I ever could through the "wise" and "educated".
Jeffry
Jan 26, 2008 Jeffry rated it really liked it
Shelves: medicine
Changed the way I think of everything in the world. If you can get through the science without getting bogged down in the details, this book may just blow your mind.
Amy
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Eeeeeeenteresting. Intelligence can stem from groups rather than individuals. Groups of brain cells, for instance. Groups of bacteria? Groups of other things?
Tina
Frank Vertosick is one of my favorite science writers. His books are fascinating.
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Frank T. Vertosick, Jr. is a neurosurgeon and is the author of three books: Why We Hurt, When the Air Hits Your Brain and Mind: A Unified Theory of Life and Intelligence which was previously published as: The Genius Within: Discovering the Intelligence of Every Living Thing.
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