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Brain Cuttings: Fifteen Journeys Through the Mind by [Zimmer, Carl]
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Length: 99 pages Word Wise: Enabled

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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)
  • Publication Date: October 1, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0045U9UFM
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By Book Shark TOP 500 REVIEWER on 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.

Positives:
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?
17.
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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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I see that other reviewers have not always given these books by Carl Zimmer raving reviews, but I love this kind of stuff. It helps that I have a couple of neuroscience degrees, so this stuff is up my alley. Like another reviewer said, this kind of science writing is brain candy...to me it's like grabbing dark chocolate. It really satisfies something in me to read this kind of current and pertinent information about the brain and it's impact in other fields. In neuroscience, I was more involved in diseases like Alzheimer's and HIV encephalitis...so I didn't get to explore other things that interested me like sleep or artificial intelligence. A book like this lets you peek into these fields and see what is going on. And it reminds me of things that I may have forgotten, so I go find papers and look them up again.

Anyone who enjoys books along the lines of short stories about medical science should enjoy Zimmer's books. I plan on getting his other Brain Cuttings book and reading that as well. It will be fun...
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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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