Tuesday, March 08, 2011

BookForum - A lot about how we think

From Monday's BookForum omnivore section - a collection of links to recent articles related to all things brain, thinking, and so on.

Colin McGinn reviews The Tell-Tale Brain: A Neuroscientist’s Quest for What Makes Us Human by V.S. Ramachandran. Emily Anthes goes inside the bullied brain: The alarming neuroscience of taunting. You are still growing up at 40 and throwing tantrumsbecause brain is learning to be adult. The brain may manage anger differently depending on whether we’re lying down or sitting up. An interview with Richard Watson, author of Future Minds: How the Digital Age is Changing our Minds, Why this Matters, and What We Can Do about It. A review of The Character of Consciousness by David J. Chalmers. Embedded memories and conspiring brain regions, scientists now believe, are the true source of ad-hoc creativity. Believe it or not, says psychologist Stephanie Ortigue, lust makes heavy intellectual demands involving complex thought. As neuroscientists discover the mechanisms of intelligence, they are identifying what really works. Where did the time go? Do not ask the brain. The study of brain abnormalities, whether they are caused by inheritance, illness or accident, is helping to explain neuroscientific phenomena. Our intuitions about consciousness in other beings and objectsreveal a lot about how we think. A review of Our Own Minds: Sociocultural Grounds for Self-Consciousness by Radu J. Bogdan. A review of World Wide Mind: The Coming Integration of Humans, Machines, and the Internet by Michael Chorost. An interview with Michael Cole on the study of culture and mind. A review of Brain, Mind and Behaviour: A New Perspective on Human Nature by David L. Robinson. A review of Soul Dust: The Magic of Consciousness by Nicholas Humphrey (and more and more) and Self Comes to Mind: Constructing the Conscious Brain by Antonio Damasio (and more). The brain engineer: An interview with Ed Boyden on shining a light on consciousness.

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