- Paperback: 464 pages
- Publisher: Ecco; Reprint edition (June 30, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0060892897
- ISBN-13: 978-0060892890
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 1 x 8 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 37 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,011,346 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Gazzaniga, a cognitive neuroscientist at the University of California, Santa Barbara (and one of the inventors of the field), takes us on a lively tour through the latest research on brain evolution.” (New York Times Book Review)
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“In this book, Gazzaniga uses science AND some truly engaging, witty writing to explain us to us.” (CNBC.com)
“A savvy, witty guide to neuroscience today.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“Brilliantly written and utterly fascinating. Gazzaniga stands as a giant among neuroscientists, for both the quality of his research and his ability to communicate it to a general public with infectious enthusiasm.” (Robert Bazell, Chief Science Correspondent, NBC News)
“One could ask for no better guide... compelling, wide-ranging tour.” (Daniel Henninger)
“[Readers] will enjoy the science he unravels.” (Floyd E. Bloom)
“Michael Gazzaniga shares his considerable insight... compelling, and at the same time, clear.” (Dr. Steven E. Hyman)
“Gazzaniga is one of the founders of the field of cognitive neuroscience... full of dazzling insights... engaging.”-- (V.S. Ramachandran)
“...[A] shimmering new book...[Gazzaniga] explains the latest findings from the sciences of mind and brain in a coherent and satisfying narrative. This is the place to look to learn about our best scientific understanding of what it means to be human.” (Steven Pinker, author of THE LANGUAGE INSTINCT and HOW THE MIND WORKS)
About the Author
Michael S. Gazzaniga is internationally recognized in the field of neuroscience and a pioneer in cognitive research. He is the director of the SAGE Center for the Study of the Mind at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is the author of many popular science books, including Who’s in Charge? (Ecco, 2011). He has six children and lives in California with his wife.
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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 book is full of interesting research!
3. The wonderful theory of evolution once again provides the framework to understanding our brains.
4. How genetics has revolutionized neuroscience.
5. Accessible brain science from a renowned neuroscientist.
6. An investment of time that rewards you with "brain candy".
7. Dr. Gazzaniga not only explains what we know about our brains, he also discloses what we don't know.
8. Fascinating facts throughout, I can't stress that enough.
9. So what lead us to speak? Find out...
10. The "Theory of Mind".
11. Tracing our violent history.
12. Our animal instincts.
13. Group and sexual selection theories explained.
14. How food helped expand the human brain.
15. Gossip as evolutionary advantageous.
16. The impact of brain injuries...fascinating stuff!
18. Voluntary and involuntary imitation.
19. Evolutionary theories about the origins of art.
20. Intuitive understanding of physics that innately human.
21. Fyborgs, yes fyborgs with an f!
22. Teleological reasoning.
23. Dr. Gazzaniga provides a comprehensive conclusion at the end of each chapter.
1. The book could have used more visuals to help convey concepts better.
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In summary, this book is the science behind being human. It's as well-researched a book as you will find. Dr. Gazzaniga provides plenty of information and a luxury of details. Anyone interested in what makes us human with an emphasis on the brain should not hesitate to get this book. Fascinating stuff, I highly recommend it.
Recommendations: "The Belief Instinct..." by Jesse Bering, "Supersense" by Bruce M. Hood, "The Third Basic Instinct..." by Alex S. Key, "The Scientific American Brave New Brain..." by Judith Horstman, "The Blank State..." by Steven Pinker, and "The Ego Tunnel" by Thomas Metzinger.
The author obviously has a great deal of knowledge and experience in his field which is evident from the book. According to the author, humans are unique in many ways. Gazzaniga discussed many ways in which we are unique such as consciousness, theory of mind, abstract thought, imagination, time travel in our imagination, episodic memory and many more topics.
Gazzaniga also discussed the evolutionary trends that may have resulted in humans being unique such as the increase in brain size; here we are introduced to genetic variation in specific regulators for brain size and the force of social environments on intelligence development. There is also talk of reciprocal altruism, fitness indicators, parental investment and various other factors involved in the evolutionary process.
In chapter six, there is a discussion of the concept of artistic appreciation and the development of music ability. In chapter eight, we learn about the interpreter which is a process of the left hemisphere that processes information from various parts of the brain and comes to a conclusion, and information about various abnormal conditions of the brain and how these help us understand the development of the brain.
Overall, the book contains a wealth of information on the subject of why we are human, especially in regards to our brain.
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