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Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain
An excellent exercise motivator! This being a pop-science book it'll be most effective if you're a logically minded person or in need of some explicit ...more
Mar 27, 2011
Mar 10, 2011
Philosophy Of Mind: Brains, Consciousness And Thinking Machines (The Great Courses: Philosophy & Intellectual History)
Philosophy of Mind has always been of great interest to me, and from the great presentation flow here it's obvious Prof. Grim is very well versed in t ...more
Nov 23, 2010
Nov 21, 2010
Great Philosophical Debates: Free Will and Determinism
A 12 hour series of 24 lectures. The first half focuses on the core free will debate, laying out the history of philosophy on the topic, weighing in a ...more
Jan 07, 2011
Dec 16, 2010
Mind Wide Open: Your Brain and the Neuroscience of Everyday Life
Good book. I think I would have given this a higher rating if I had read it when it was published in 2004, since I've read a half-dozen books since th ...more
Nov 02, 2010
Oct 31, 2010
American Gods
Wonderfully creative writing. Built up slowly but soon had me fully engaged. Listening to the audiobook version I especially liked Neil Gaiman's writi ...more
Sep 15, 2010
Sep 12, 2010
The Invisible Gorilla: And Other Ways Our Intuition Deceives Us
A book on the psychology of intuition and perception. Thematically similar to "Blink" by Malcolm Gladwell, but their conclusions don't often agree.

Oct 06, 2010
Oct 04, 2010
The Mind's Eye
Fascinating stories about vision, its fragility and its capacity. The words are colorfully descriptive as Sacks tries to convey the disposition of the ...more
Jan 06, 2011
Jan 08, 2011
The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature
Answers a lot of challenging questions about nature vs. nurture, in a challenging fashion. After establishing how the debate is still going strong in ...more
Dec 09, 2010
Dec 05, 2010
The Moral Landscape: How Science Can Determine Human Values
Harris says a lot of things that need to be said. Doesn't mean I always like the way he says it.

The Moral Landscape is a look at morality as a landsca
Oct 19, 2010
Oct 16, 2010
Beyond Boundaries: The New Neuroscience of Connecting Brains with Machines and How It Will Change Our Lives
A neuroscience memoir of thought-provoking work, experimental brain interfaces and thought control tests told through the lens of Nicolelis' own acade ...more
Apr 06, 2011
Mar 31, 2011
The Most Human Human: What Talking with Computers Teaches Us About What It Means to Be Alive
Review notes:

-Brian Christian really fleshes out the central anecdote, his participation as a convince-you-I'm-human "confederate" vs. AI chat-bots at
Mar 14, 2011
Mar 08, 2011
A Visit from the Goon Squad
A Visit from the Goon Squad seems to be a collection of short stories modified somewhat so that they weave together into a longer narrative about life ...more
Jul 22, 2011
Jul 17, 2011
The Diamond Age
A coming-of-age novel set in a ubiquitous nanotechnology future. Like Snowcrash and his other works, Stephenson draws sociological conclusions out of ...more
Sep 27, 2010
Sep 21, 2010
Connectome: How the Brain's Wiring Makes Us Who We Are
An accessible book to introduce and help explain the exciting theory that the mind is entirely encoded in the particular architecture of your brain. T ...more
Feb 15, 2012
Feb 08, 2012
Fall of Hyperion, The
Continues with the multi-tiered cliffhanger adventure story from the prequel Hyperion but adds the additional perspective of space opera-esque interst ...more
Mar 10, 2011
Mar 02, 2011
Understanding Grammar for Powerful Communication (The Modern Scholar: Way with Words, Vol. 3)
More interesting than it might look at first glance, particularly for students like myself who learned grammar and all the intimidating terminology (e ...more
Apr 11, 2011
Apr 05, 2011
The Secret Life of Pronouns: What Our Words Say About Us
More interesting than just a look at pronouns grammatically, this is really a psychology book about how we put our words together (and what that can t ...more
Apr 22, 2012
Apr 14, 2012
What Technology Wants
Kevin Kelly's contemplation of meaning, couched in terms of the "Technium" (all technology and its trends), which includes our minds, life itself, and ...more
Oct 22, 2010
Oct 14, 2010
Proust Was a Neuroscientist
Wonderful book combining art history and modern neuroscience. Each chapter is about an artist from the turn of the 20th century (a painter, a chef, a ...more
Jun 24, 2010
Jun 09, 2010
Brief Interviews with Hideous Men
Brutally honest and darkly introspective throughout; exemplary David Foster Wallace. Sometimes I'm in the mood for it and sometimes it's grating (as p ...more
May 16, 2011
May 08, 2011
The Universe in the Rearview Mirror: How Hidden Symmetries Shape Reality
Where did the big bang happen? It happened everywhere.*

A trip around big ideas in physics and the cosmological rules (re: the symmetries) that govern
Jul 11, 2013
Jun 25, 2013
A History of the English Language (Modern Scholar)
More interesting than it sounds and the first half is a pretty good introduction to linguistics in general. The second half is the specific history of ...more
Dec 10, 2010
Dec 09, 2010
The Other Brain: From Dementia to Schizophrenia, How New Discoveries about the Brain Are Revolutionizing Medicine and Science
Neurons aren't the only important thing in the brain! That's the thrust of this book, which in large part is an explication of glial cells, their role ...more
Mar 18, 2011
Mar 15, 2011
Physics of the Future: How Science Will Shape Human Destiny and Our Daily Lives by the Year 2100
I'm not sure about anybody's ability to predict a century into the future (especially if you give credence to the idea of accelerating returns in tech ...more
Apr 19, 2011
Mar 27, 2011
The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye View of the World
A broad perspective look at man and plants, specifically apples, tulips, cannabis, and potatoes. If those don't sound interesting to you then you have ...more
Dec 15, 2010
Dec 09, 2010
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values
A Quality philosophical novel. As Pirsig pseudo-defines Quality (that which is good), we live life in two modes, represented herein by Zen and Motorcy ...more
Oct 10, 2010
Sep 21, 2010
A very long book with a lot of great philosophy and a good story to keep it moving. Set in a parallel universe with parallel concepts (replete with a ...more
Oct 04, 2010
Sep 21, 2010
The Compass of Pleasure: How Our Brains Make Fatty Foods, Orgasm, Exercise, Marijuana, Generosity, Vodka, Learning, and Gambling Feel So Good
Focused on neuroscientific explanation of physiological mechanisms of pleasure, particularly dopamine circuits, and addictions. Though the book is org ...more
Jul 13, 2011
Jul 12, 2011
How We Decide
"How We Decide" is a neuroscience follow-up to ideas about choice, similar in style to Malcolm Gladwell's "Blink". Jonah Lehrer's writing style is sim ...more
Jun 07, 2010
Jun 08, 2010
50 Psychology Classics: Who We Are, How We Think, What We Do: Insight and Inspiration from 50 Key Books
A pretty good broad overview of the most pervasive ideas in psychology. A series of book synopses tied loosely tied together but well differentiated b ...more
Nov 15, 2010
Nov 10, 2010
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