Human: The Science Behind What Makes Your Brain Unique

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Harper Collins, Oct 13, 2009 - Science - 464 pages
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What happened along the evolutionary trail that made humans so unique? In his accessible style, Michael Gazzaniga pinpoints the change that made us thinking, sentient humans different from our predecessors. He explores what makes human brains special, the importance of language and art in defining the human condition, the nature of human consciousness, and even artificial intelligence.

 

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User Review  - KirkLowery - LibraryThing

If you're going to read this book, bring a map of the brain's various areas, names and associated functions. Otherwise, it's hard to track all the research that the author summarizes. Gazzaniga is a ... Read full review

HUMAN: The Science Behind What Makes Us Unique

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

One grand search engine for all the qualities that make Homo sapiens different from other species.Cognitive neuroscientist Gazzaniga (Psychology/Univ. of California, Santa Barbara; The Ethical Brain ... Read full review

Contents

Are Human Brains Unique?
7
Would a Chimp Make a Good Date?
38
Part 2
77
The Moral Compass Within
113
Whats Up with the Arts?
203
The Converter
246
Is Anybody There?
276
Part 4
323
Afterword
386
Index
432
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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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