Thursday, December 30, 2010

books

The Language Instinct, by Steven Pinker - Fantastic, fascinating book. Pinker is a wonderfully clear writer. I preferred The Blank Slate because it drew on so many different areas of knowledge to speak to a single issue, but this was great too.

Science and the Creative Spirit - A collection of essays on the subject. Disappointing.

The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, by Oliver Sachs - The stories are shorter, more anecdotal, than in An Anthropologist on Mars, and I would prefer a little bit more scientific cohesion and explanation. But I suppose a lot of the reason for that lack is that it doesn't yet exist. Very very interesting though: every story about a brain deficit or surplus shocks you into realizing how specifically the brain compartmentalizes different tasks that we often don't even realize we're doing. Neuroscience may become my favorite popular science topic.

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