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252 pages, Paperback
First published November 1, 2009
Hanson, however, drifts away from the science for a significant portion of the book and some of the concepts fall dangerous close to parody. For example, we meet The Wolf of Love and The Wolf of Hate. Certainly, the concept of your life being influenced by the habits you "feed" makes logical sense but spend enough time extending to wolves metaphor to extremes and the discussion eventually just gets silly. Also, "Loving Kindness" as a mindset, motivation, resource that exists in metaphysical amounts in an individual's life and the wider universe is a borderline obsession of Hanson in the book. Most problems or shortcomings can be remedied by an application of Loving Kindness.
The book also suffers from the general problem of Buddhism not lending itself very well to the written word. Similar to the Dalai Lama's book "The Universe in a Single Atom" (), the esoteric nature and talcum powder soft language of Buddhism are difficult to follow for long stretches and certain don't lend themselves to the manner of disjointed and interrupted reading modern audiences practice.
In short, more interesting reviews of neuroscience and Buddhism appear elsewhere but the confluence here is a reasonably good read for someone interested in how they interact.