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The Geography of Thought by Richard E. Nisbett
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Nature Via Nurture by Matt Ridley
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This book is a great introduction to modern genetics. It's an easy read, which covers a great breadth of topics, while going into detail only when needed. Using examples seen in nature (mostly from various scientific studies), this book explores how...more
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The Birth of the Mind by Gary F. Marcus
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This book explores brain development, using examples from neuroscience, behavioral psychology, and genetics. There are some interesting case studies involving babies and their flawed perception of the world at early ages. Also, there were surprisingl...more
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Emergence from Chaos to Order by John H. Holland
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John Holland is pretty much the dude that invented the genetic algorithm, and has done a bunch of groundbreaking AI work using bottom-up learning techniques. This book discusses a lot of these things, and how a small number of rules can create emerge...more
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Spikes by Fred Rieke
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This book taught me a lot about neural signal encoding, and just how nerve signals work in general. However, it was not an easy read and most of the text is obviously written by an academic. There are some sections which go into excessive detail, how...more
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Complexity by M. Mitchell Waldrop
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This book is what introduced me to the concepts of emergence and complexity theory. It's easy to read, and follows various scientists from disparate disciplines as they discover and investigate this oddly pervasive concept of complexity. Emergence an...more
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