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Brain Cuttings: Fifteen Journeys Through the Mind [Kindle Edition]

Carl Zimmer
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“Carl Zimmer takes us behind the scenes in our own heads. He has ferreted out all the most wondrous, bizarre stories and studies and served them up in this delicious, sizzling, easy-to-digest platter of neuro-goodness.” —Mary Roach, author of Packing for Mars and Stiff

“If you want to jump start your knowledge about how the brain does all those marvelous things for us like think, feel, and deal with others, read these essays. Zimmer has the rare capacity to get the science right and make it all feel like a glass of smooth bourbon.” —Michael Gazzaniga, Director for the SAGE Center for the Study of Mind at the University of California Santa Barbara, author of Human:  The Science of What Makes Us Unique.

“These essays combine that rare blend of precision and wonder, hard-nosed reporting and nose for the poetically spooky. The brain should be very pleased to have Carl Zimmer as its scribe.” —Jad Abumrad, host and creator of Radiolab

“Carl Zimmer is one of the finest science writers around. In this fascinating tour of the brain, he explores the meaning of time, the genetic tug of war between parents, the science of anesthesia and a dozen other absorbing tales of the meaty computer inside our head.” —Jonah Lehrer, author of How We Decide and Proust Was a Neuroscientist

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  • File Size: 364 KB
  • Print Length: 99 pages
  • Publisher: Scott & Nix, Inc. (October 1, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0045U9UFM
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4.0 out of 5 stars Brain Candy! July 28, 2011
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Brain Cuttings by Carl Zimmer

Brain Cuttings is a book of essays about brain science from the excellent author Carl Zimmer. This interesting page-turner of a book takes us for a journey to the fascinating world of brain science. This 364 KB-book is composed of the following fifteen essays: 1. "Does Shame Excite a Blush?" 2. The Googled Mind, 3. The Music of Time, 4. They Imprint Your Genes, Your Mum and Dad, 5. Of Ether and Consciousness, 6. Stalking the Grandmother Cell, 7. The Flash of Desire, 8. Two Brains in One, 9. The Neurobiology of Zoning Out, 10. The Brains Dark Matter, 11. An Intuition for Math, 12. The Speed of Thought, 13. Fear's Anatomy, 14. The Mind's Eye Goes Blind, and 15. Too Clever.

1. Carl Zimmer is a fantastic writer. Always produces consistent quality work.
2. One of the most fascinating topics in science, the brain.
3. Fifteen brief yet interesting essays that cover a wide spectrum of topics regarding the human brain. All accessible to the masses.
4. Where would we be without the grand theory of evolution?
5. Fascinating tidbits throughout. "People with Botox may be less vulnerable to the angry emotions..." perhaps somewhat speculative but fascinating nonetheless.
6. The extended mind theory.
7. How fear impacts our neurons, "scary" stuff...
8. Fascinating brain disorders.
9. Gene imprinting.
10. The mystery of anesthesia. The intriguing history.
11. The nature of consciousness.
12. How neurons work.
13. The essay "Flash of Desire" was hilarious yet as with all the essays informative.
14. What we know about areas of the brain and their functions. Including the two hemispheres.
15. Mind wandering, say what?
16. Glia, a sticky subject or is it?
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Solid Science Writing June 29, 2011
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This is a good, but short, introduction to the current state of neuroscience and its beginnings of figuring out the human brain. Carl Zimmer is always a careful science journalist and uncovers research into the brain from several scientists. There seems to be several recent books on this subject and some of these essays overlap those books and other essays appear to be the first exposure of certain brain phenomena. One recommendation for those who wish to read more about brain research should read "The Tell-Tale Brain" by V.S. Ramachandran.

If you are a fan of Carl Zimmer, he has published a number of wonderful books and magazine articles about various science area. His writings are always delightful to read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cool for nerds November 24, 2012
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Being an OT who specializes in neuro patients I am always looking for quirky stories about our noggins. This was another great find
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for anyone who enjoys brain science January 21, 2014
By Angela
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I consider myself well informed (for a layperson) on the science of the mind and I felt like I learned a lot from this book. It was a consistently intriguing and enlightening read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Short articles by Carl Zimmer. April 9, 2015
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As always, Carl Zimmer's science writing is excellent and leaves you feeling that you understand something you didn't know before.
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I write books about science. Nature fascinates me, as does its history.

So far, I've written twelve books, including Parasite Rex and The Tangled Bank: An Introduction to Evolution. In addition to my books, I also write regularly about science for The New York Times, as well as for magazines including National Geographic and Wired. I've won awards for my work from the National Academies of Science and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. My blog, The Loom, is published by National Geographic Magazine (

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