Friday, October 11, 2013

What I've Been Reading

50 Human Brain Ideas You Really Need to Know by Moheb Costandi. 

This one was a hard read (although not too detailed), so I had to just skim through the book. 
But yet, this book can used as a brilliant bull-shit detector when the neuroscientific snake-oil sales man knocks on the door (and we know he is coming soon).

Here's the intro:

This book is an attempt to distil over 100 years of thinking about the brain. It draws together influential ideas in neuroscience, updating old concepts in the light of new evidence, as well as introducing others that have emerged only recently. It attempts to explain these ideas accurately, and in a way that is easily digestible; to separate the wheat from the chaff; and to demystify the mysterious matter inside our heads. Where possible, I discuss how the science is carried out – the techniques used, and how researchers refine their ideas as new evidence emerges.

Some believe that gaining a better understanding of how the brain works will provide answers to life's big questions. It will not: brain research cannot tell us everything about ourselves, or what it means to be human. But it does offer the possibility that treatments may be developed for numerous debilitating conditions that afflict us, such as addiction, Alzheimer's disease, stroke and paralysis. 50 Human Brain Ideas You Really Need to Know addresses these hopes, too, with cautious optimism.

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