Human: The Science Behind What Makes Us Unique
One of the world's leading neuroscientists explores how best to understand the human condition by examining the biological, psychological, and highly social nature of our species within the social context of our lives.What happened along the evolutionary trail that made humans so unique? In his widely accessible style, Michael Gazzaniga looks to a broad range of studies to ...more
It covers everything from the evolution of our social awareness and moral standards to the debate over whether intelligence must remain embodied -- that is, do you need a physical body to develop the kind of consciousness and intelligence that humans have? -- or whether it can be disassociated from the flesh ...more
Because this book concerns itself specifically with the uniqueness ...more
Human is the fascinating book about what makes us uniquely human. Dr. Gazzaniga, a neuroscientist, uses his expertise in neuroscience and related fields to explain what makes human brains unique. This 464-page book is composed of the following four parts: 1. The Basics of Human Life, 2. Navigating the Social World, 3. The Glory of Being Human, and 4. Beyond Current Constraints.
1. A very-accessible, enjoyable, educational and informative book.
2. This boo ...more
The author's second chapter asks the question, "Would a chimp make a good date?" This is intended to make his point that there are obviou ...more
It turned out to be quite the big brain book, not in the way that is was difficult to understand but more in a way that it was difficult to cope with all the knowledge inside. The book is packed with quality content, ranging from humoristic comments about chimps making a good date to multiple studie ...more
Its prologue was succinct and stuffed full of interesting facts (such as the discovery that rats have metacognition). Throughout, Gazzaniga asserted his view very clearly: that although humans and animals share many similarities we are not the same, as our abilities are on a completely different scale and league to those...more
Gazzaniga goes over this skilfully and pleasantly - the only aspect ...more
I learned a ton of interesting stuff about the brain, but the book is about more than just intelligence. Theory of mind, ethics, language and more are explored, and all in a very accessible style. Gazzaniga often explains things by giving voice to brain structures and other inanimate objects. I was thoroughly engaged by the whole boo ...more
i really enjoyed this book - it's a science book but not too science-y so you don't have to put it down every few pages for a comic book break.
gazzaniga talks about how we are who were are compared to animals and explains things like gossip, in group/out group behavior, and doing each other favors with evolution.
good read! if you're feeling like a smarty pants.
Let's just say that if you read this book with an open mind, it will change your outlook on the World and out place within it. ...more
Gazzaniga believes that humans are unique and sets about convincing his audience through explaining what is known (and still not known) about differ ...more
His early research examined the subject of epileptics who had undergone surg ...more