Review: I have plenty of praise for this book, but most important is its accessibility. Apart from necessary jargon, Hawkins speaks in layman's terms and is willing to crack a joke at the right time. That said, the author takes his work seriously, and is determined to get his readers prepared to understand the results of his neuroscience research. For that reason, On Intelligence isn't light reading. That the book taught me a great deal about intelligence while rarely requiring me to look up information... Read more
Review: Kandel merges his own life story with the story of his career in quite an understandable fashion. Although I sometimes got lost while reading the hardcore neurology parts (which are not more than a few), in overall, I found it quite a good piece of work about the cognitive neuropsychology of memory. Kandel's work holds a Kandel (heh heh heh) to almost all the other books about cognitive neuropsychology. Read more
Review: Uno de los mejores libros sobre aspectos neuropsicológicos, trastornos extraños de la mente y la conciencia y curiosidades de nuestro cerebro y nuestra conducta (miembro fantasma, agnosias, creencias religiosas, emociones, fenómenos mnésicos, etc.). La obra ya tiene unos añitos y el propio autor ha publicado otras posteriores que quizá estén más actualizadas pero éste no pasa de moda por su originalidad y la forma cercana y comprensible de narrar los experimentos particulares e hipótesis de este... Read more
Review: The flaws in this book are many. The primary author, Schwartz, is self-obsessed, whether describing his own research or simply describing his Mercedes and land holdings. He also wanders off topic for most of a chapter, recounting the controversy with PETA about the treatment of lab monkeys (not the point of the book, but it is an interesting chapter). He makes up misleading new terminology (like “mental force”), and summarizes decades of physics far less effectively than many who have popularize... Read more
Review: Note: I read this book in that I read about as much of it as I wanted to (I forget how much, but at least 100 pages). It was not the book I was hoping to read, which may mean that I have rated it lower than it objectively deserves.
Pinker's book is an amalgam of science, philosophy, and contemporary commentary. I found the science very interesting, the philosophy moderately interesting, and the contemporary commentary a wrench in the works. His chief interest is to defend, against what he... Read more
Review: A couple of years ago I read Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Gilbert which made it onto my favourites shelf. I would recommend it to everyone to read. Since then I've watched Gilbert's TED talks and am a follower of his work. He recommended to me Strangers to Ourselves to read in addition to Stumbling on Happiness.
In the book, Wilson explores and validates the unconscious through various literature and studies. Wilson's adaptive unconscious is different to Freud's original primitive dr... Read more