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The Neurotourist: Postcards from the Edge of Brain Science,
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This book explores some of the cutting edge areas of brain research. If the scientific breakthrough of the C19th was Evolution, and the C20th was DNA then this book postulates that the C21st will be the century of the brain and cognition. We still know little of the 1.5kg of "lumpy grey matter" that we carry around in our heads and whilst we share much of our DNA with lizards we share little of our higher cerebral cortex functions.
Looking at topics as diverse as happiness, economics, religion and our ability to lie this book is a good read for those interested in the area of neuroscience. It helps to have a little bit of a science background but it is not too demanding. There is a good notes section with reference to further papers and sources for those who want such things but the writing style is easy on the brain and invites you to think (and the explains to some degree why you can!) about the ideas it raises.