. Learn how to hallucinate and how to make yourself happier in a split second. We take it for granted that we can remember, feel emotion, empathise and understand the world around us, navigate, but how would our lives change if these abilities were dramatically enhanced – or disappeared overnight? Helen Thomson has spent years travelling the world, tracking down incredibly rare brain disorders.
Unthinkable: An Extraordinary Journey Through the World's Strangest Brains #ad - In unthinkable she tells the stories of nine extraordinary people she encountered along the way. Think the unthinkable. Story by remarkable story, Unthinkable takes us on an unforgettable journey through the human brain. Discover how to forge memories that never disappear, how to grow an alien limb and how to make better decisions.
Find out how to avoid getting lost, how to see more of your reality, even how exactly you can confirm you are alive.
Borrowed Time: The Science of How and Why We Age Bloomsbury SigmaBloomsbury Sigma #ad - As featured on bbc radio 4's start the week'a rich, timely study for the era of "global ageing"' NatureThe ageing of the world population is one of the most important issues facing humanity in the 21st century – up there with climate change in its potential global impact. In borrowed time, sue armstrong tells the story of science's quest to understand ageing and to prevent or delay the crippling conditions so often associated with old age.
But why and how do we age? Scientists have been asking this question for centuries, yet there is still no agreement. The strains this is causing on society are already evident as health and social services everywhere struggle to cope with the care needs of the elderly. She focusses inward – on what is going on in our bodies at the most basic level of the cells and genes as the years pass – to look for answers to why and how our skin wrinkles with age, our wounds take much longer to heal than they did when we were kids, and why words escape us at crucial moments in conversation.
Borrowed Time: The Science of How and Why We Age Bloomsbury Sigma #ad - This book explores these questions and many others through interviews with key scientists in the field of gerontology and with people who have interesting and important stories to tell about their personal experiences of ageing. There are a myriad competing theories, like well-worn shoes or a rusting car, from the idea that our bodies simply wear out with the rough and tumble of living, to the belief that ageing and death are genetically programmed and controlled.
Sometime before 2020, for the first time, be greater than the number of 0–4 year olds, the number of people over 65 worldwide will, and it will keep on rising.
The Ends of the World: Volcanic Apocalypses, Lethal Oceans, and Our Quest to Understand Earth's Past Mass ExtinctionsEcco #ad - New york times editors' choice 2017forbes top 10 best environment, smothered, in the process, climate, frozen, and conservation Book of 2017As new groundbreaking research suggests that climate change played a major role in the most extreme catastrophes in the planet's history, poison-gassed, award-winning science journalist Peter Brannen takes us on a wild ride through the planet's five mass extinctions and, offers us a glimpse of our increasingly dangerous future Our world has ended five times: it has been broiled, and pelted by asteroids.
Brannen examines the fossil record—which is rife with creatures like dragonflies the size of sea gulls and guillotine-mouthed fish—and introduces us to the researchers on the front lines who, using the forensic tools of modern science, are piecing together what really happened at the crime scenes of the Earth’s biggest whodunits.
The Ends of the World: Volcanic Apocalypses, Lethal Oceans, and Our Quest to Understand Earth's Past Mass Extinctions #ad - Part road trip, part history, and part cautionary tale, The Ends of the World takes us on a tour of the ways that our planet has clawed itself back from the grave, and casts our future in a completely new light. Using the visible clues these devastations have left behind in the fossil record, ” from South Africa to the New York Palisades, The Ends of the World takes us inside “scenes of the crime, to tell the story of each extinction.
. In the ends of the world, peter brannen dives into deep time, exploring Earth’s past dead ends, and in the process, offers us a glimpse of our possible future. Many scientists now believe that the climate shifts of the twenty-first century have analogs in these five extinctions.
The Disordered Mind: What Unusual Brains Tell Us About OurselvesFarrar, Straus and Giroux #ad - Studies of autism illuminate the neurological foundations of our social instincts; research into depression offers important insights on emotions and the integrity of the self; and paradigm-shifting work on addiction has led to a new understanding of the relationship between pleasure and willpower. By studying disruptions to typical brain functioning and exploring their potential treatments, feeling, we will deepen our understanding of thought, behavior, memory, and creativity.
He confronts one of the most difficult questions we face: How does our mind, our individual sense of self, emerge from the physical matter of the brain? The brain’s 86 billion neurons communicate with one another through very precise connections. A nobel prize–winning neuroscientist’s probing investigation of what brain disorders can tell us about human natureEric R.
The brain processes that give rise to our mind can become disordered, addiction, depression, Parkinson’s, resulting in diseases such as autism, schizophrenia, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Kandel, the winner of the nobel prize in Physiology or Medicine for his foundational research into memory storage in the brain, is one of the pioneers of modern brain science.
The Disordered Mind: What Unusual Brains Tell Us About Ourselves #ad - His work continues to shape our understanding of how learning and memory work and to break down age-old barriers between the sciences and the arts. In his seminal new book, the disordered Mind, Kandel draws on a lifetime of pathbreaking research and the work of many other leading neuroscientists to take us on an unusual tour of the brain.
While these disruptions bring great suffering, they can also reveal the mysteries of how the brain produces our most fundamental experiences and capabilities—the very nature of what it means to be human.
Doubt: A History: The Great Doubters and Their Legacy of Innovation from Socrates and Jesus to Thomas Jefferson and Emily DickinsonHarperOne #ad - This is an account of the world's greatest ‘intellectual virtuosos, ' who are also humanity's greatest doubters and disbelievers, secularism, nietzsche, and the eastern religions, Roman stoicism, from the ancient Greek philosophers, Freud, modern and contemporary critical thinkers such as Schopenhauer, Gnosticism and Christian mystics, This remarkable book ranges from the early Greeks, medieval Islamic, Freud and Darwin—and their attempts to reconcile the seeming meaninglessness of the universe with the human need for meaning, Hebrew figures such as Job and Ecclesiastes, Darwin, Jewish and Christian skeptics, Jesus as a man of doubt, Eastern critical wisdom, the rise of science, to modern secular equivalents Marx, Marx, Jesus, the existentialists.
Doubt: A History: The Great Doubters and Their Legacy of Innovation from Socrates and Jesus to Thomas Jefferson and Emily Dickinson #ad - In the tradition of grand sweeping histories such as from dawn to decadence, the Structure of Scientific Revolutions, if unheralded, Hecht champions doubt and questioning as one of the great and noble, and A History of God, intellectual traditions that distinguish the Western mind especially-from Socrates to Galileo and Darwin to Wittgenstein and Hawking.
Cannibalism: A Perfectly Natural HistoryAlgonquin Books #ad - Throughout history we have engaged in cannibalism for reasons of famine, burial rites, and medicinal remedies; it's been used as a way to terrorize and even a way to show filial piety. With unexpected wit and a wealth of knowledge, until the end of the eighteenth century, american museum of natural history zoologist Bill Schutt takes us on a tour of the field, dissecting exciting new research and investigating questions such as why so many fish eat their offspring and some amphibians consume their mother's skin; why sexual cannibalism is an evolutionary advantage for certain spiders; why, British royalty ate human body parts; how cannibalism may be linked to the extinction of Neanderthals; why microbes on sacramental bread may have led to execution of Jews by Catholics in the Middle Ages.
Eating one's own kind is completely natural behavior in thousands of species, including humans. As he examines these close encounters of the cannibal kind, Bill Schutt makes the ick-factor fascinating. These are the very factors that lead to outbreaks of cannibalism. Today, but be forewarned: as climate change progresses and humans see more famine, disease, the subject of humans consuming one another has been relegated to the realm of horror movies, and the occasional psychopath, fiction, and overcrowding, biological and cultural constraints may well disappear.
Vaccinated: Triumph, Controversy, and An Uncertain FHarperCollins e-books #ad - It is an inspiring and triumphant tale, but one with a cautionary aspect, as vaccines come under assault from people blaming vaccines for autism and worse. He made it his life's work to see that others could do the same. Vaccinated is not a biography; hilleman's experience forms the basis for a rich and lively narrative of two hundred years of medical history, ranging across the globe and throughout time to take in a cast of hundreds, intentionally or otherwise, all caught up, in the story of vaccines.
Paul offit clearly and compellingly rebuts those arguments, by demonstrating how much the work of Hilleman and others has gained for humanity, and, shows us how much we have to lose. Chief among his accomplishments are nine vaccines that practically every child gets, rendering formerly dread diseases—including often devastating ones such as mumps and rubella—practically toothless and nearly forgotten; his measles vaccine alone saves several million lives every year.
Vaccinated: Triumph, Controversy, and An Uncertain F #ad - As an adult, he said that he felt he had escaped an appointment with death. Maurice hilleman's mother died a day after he was born and his twin sister stillborn. Born into the life of a montana chicken farmer, and eventually joined Merck, the pharmaceutical company, Hilleman ran off to the University of Chicago to become a microbiologist, to pursue his goal of eliminating childhood disease.
Junkyard Planet: Travels in the Billion-Dollar Trash TradeBloomsbury Press #ad - Junkyard planet reveals how “going green” usually means making money-and why that's often the most sustainable choice, even when the recycling methods aren't pretty. With unmatched access to and insight on the waste industry, and the explanatory gifts and an eye for detail worthy of a John McPhee or William Langewiesche, Minter traces the export of America's garbage and the massive profits that China and other rising nations earn from it.
How can garbage turn into gold? what does recycling have to do with globalization? where does all that stuff we throw away go, where does it go? Probably halfway around the world, anyway? When you drop your Diet Coke can or yesterday's newspaper in the recycling bin, to people and places that clean up what you don't want and turn it into something you can't wait to buy.
What emerges is an engaging, colorful, and sometimes troubling tale of how the way we consume and discard stuff brings home the ascent of a developing world that recognizes value where Americans don't. Junkyard planet reveals that Americans might need to learn a smarter way to take out the trash. Along the way, we meet an international cast of characters who have figured out how to squeeze Silicon Valley-scale fortunes from what we all throw away.
Junkyard Planet: Travels in the Billion-Dollar Trash Trade #ad - . In junkyard planet, adam minter-veteran journalist and son of an American junkyard owner-travels deeply into a vast, often hidden, 500-billion-dollar industry that's transforming our economy and environment. Minter takes us from back-alley Chinese computer recycling operations to recycling factories capable of processing a jumbo jet's worth of trash every day.
Headstrong: 52 Women Who Changed Science-and the WorldBroadway Books #ad - Fifty-two inspiring and insightful profiles of history’s brightest female scientists. This fascinating tour reveals 52 women at their best—while encouraging and inspiring a new generation of girls to put on their lab coats. Covering nobel prize winners and major innovators, as well as lesser-known but hugely significant scientists who influence our every day, Rachel Swaby’s vibrant profiles span centuries of courageous thinkers and illustrate how each one’s ideas developed, from their first moment of scientific engagement through the research and discovery for which they’re best known.
Rachel swaby’s no-nonsense and needed Headstrong dynamically profiles historically overlooked female visionaries in science, engineering, technology, and math. Ellein 2013, the new york Times published an obituary for Yvonne Brill. It began: “she made a mean beef stroganoff, followed her husband from job to job, and took eight years off from work to raise three children.
Headstrong: 52 Women Who Changed Science-and the World #ad - It wasn’t until the second paragraph that readers discovered why the Times had devoted several hundred words to her life: Brill was a brilliant rocket scientist who invented a propulsion system to keep communications satellites in orbit, and had recently been awarded the National Medal of Technology and Innovation.
Among the questions the obituary—and consequent outcry—prompted were, Who are the role models for today’s female scientists, and where can we find the stories that cast them in their true light? Headstrong delivers a powerful, global, and engaging response.
Brainstorm: Detective Stories from the World of NeurologyOther Press #ad - In this riveting book, suzanne O'Sullivan takes you with her as she tracks the clues of her patients' symptoms. Named a best book of the year by the guardianA leading neurologist recounts some of her most astonishing, challenging cases, which demonstrate how crucial the study of epilepsy has been to our understanding of the brain.
Brainstorm follows the stories of people whose medical diagnoses are so strange even their doctor struggles to know how to solve them. It's a journey that will open your eyes to the unfathomable intricacies of our brains and the infinite variety of human experience. Neurologists must puzzle out life-changing diagnoses from the tiniest of clues, the ultimate medical detective work.
Brainstorm: Detective Stories from the World of Neurology #ad - . A man who sees cartoon characters running across the room; a girl whose world suddenly seems completely distorted, as though she were Alice in Wonderland; another who transforms into a ragdoll whenever she even thinks about moving. The brain is the most complex structure in the universe.
and Your Life - Activate Your Brain: How Understanding Your Brain Can Improve Your WorkGreenleaf Book Group Press #ad - A wall street journal bestseller!axiom business book bronze award winnerpush your brain to full power, for success at the office and at homeWould you like more control over your life and your work?Would you like greater stamina as you carry out your daily tasks?How about more significance and meaning as you move forward in your career?Scott Halford shows us how we can all find these things if we simply understand how to activate the full potential of the brain.
. Increase your focus, •reduce negative stress, •build self-confidence and willpower, •manage distractions, •collaborate effectively with others, •and much more. In the end, activate your brain is an indispensable collection of practical things you need to know about your wonderful brain—which, when fully harnessed, can give you more of the fulfilled life you seek.
and Your Life - Activate Your Brain: How Understanding Your Brain Can Improve Your Work #ad - . This incredible organ is still full of mystery, but we know enough to harness its power better than ever before. We just have to recognize how the brain works, and understand the actions we can take to help it perform at its best. Combining research, and inspiration, anecdote, Activate Your Brain shows you how small steps toward better brain function and management can eventually lead to success on a whole new level.
Each chapter offers “Activations”—exercises that help optimize your brain function to.