Psychology/ Cognitive Science
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On Monsters
An Unnatural History of Our Worst Fears
Stephen T. Asma
Hailed as "a feast" (Washington Post) and "a modern-day bestiary" (The New Yorker), Stephen Asma's On Monsters is a wide-ranging cultural and conceptual history of monsters--how they have evolved over time, what functions they have served for us, and...
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The Female Brain
Louann Brizendine, MD
Men and women. What are we even doing on the same planet? Everything you've suspected is true. Though our bodies function a little bit differently, the real gulf between the sexes is in the place where we really exist: the brain. Neurophysiological....
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Apart from Freud
Notes for a Rational Psychoanalysis
Jonathan Cohen
Diverging from the vituperative debates between the "Freud bashers" and the orthodox Freudians, this in-depth investigation of psychoanalysis exposes Freud's specious background assumptions in biology, sociology, anthropology, linguistics, and moral...
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The Psychology of Optimal Experience
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
Psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi's famous investigations of "optimal experience" have revealed that what makes an experience genuinely satisfying is a state of consciousness called flow. During flow, people typically experience deep enjoyment...
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Moonwalking with Einstein
The Art and Science of Remembering Everything
Joshua Foer
From the United States Memory Championship to deep within the author's own mind, this is an electrifying work of journalism that reminds us that, in every way that matters, we are the sum of our memories.
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The Art of Loving
Erich Fromm
The fiftieth Anniversary Edition of the groundbreaking international bestseller that has shown millions of readers how to achieve rich, productive lives by developing their hidden capacities for love Most people are unable to love on the only...
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Tales from Both Sides of the Brain
A Life in Neuroscience
Michael S. Gazzaniga
Michael S. Gazzaniga, one of the most important neuroscientists of the twentieth century, gives us an exciting behind-the-scenes look at his seminal work on that unlikely couple, the right and left brain. Foreword by Steven Pinker. In the mid-twentieth century, Michael S. Gazzaniga, "the father of cognitive neuroscience," was part of a team...
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I Am a Strange Loop
Douglas R. Hofstadter
Can thought arise out of matter? Can self, soul, consciousness, “I” arise out of mere matter? If it cannot, then how can you or I be here? I Am a Strange Loop argues that the key to understanding selves and consciousness is the “strange loop”—a...
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How to Create a Mind
The Secret of Human Thought Revealed
Ray Kurzweil
The bestselling author of The Singularity Is Near explores the limitless potential of reverse-engineering the human brain. Ray Kurzweil is arguably today's most influential futurist. In How to Create a Mind, he presents a provocative exploration of the...
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How Your Unconscious Mind Rules Your Behavior
Leonard Mlodinow
Leonard Mlodinow, the best-selling author of The Drunkard's Walk and coauthor of The Grand Design (with Stephen Hawking), gives us a startling and eye-opening examination of how the unconscious mind shapes our experience of the world and...
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The Psychopath Test
A Journey Through the Madness Industry
Jon Ronson
You may be one. But if you're not, someone you know is! An intriguing read. —Recommended by Don, City Lights Books The Psychopath Test is a fascinating journey through the minds of madness. Jon Ronson's exploration of a potential hoax being played...
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So You've Been Publicly Shamed
Jon Ronson
An introspective, often uncomfortable, and always compelling examination of public shaming in the era of social media. Despite the fact that this form of punishment was outlawed more than a century ago, Twitter "vigilantes" have inspired its resurgence. Jon talks with folks whose lives have been touched (and sometimes ruined) by this intense new...
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Sex at Dawn
How We Mate, Why We Stray, and What It Means for Modern Relationships
Christopher Ryan, Cacilda Jetha
In this controversial, thought-provoking, and brilliant book, renegade thinkers Christopher Ryan and Cacilda Jetha debunk almost everything we "know" about sex, weaving together convergent, frequently overlooked evidence from anthropology...
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An Anthropologist On Mars
Seven Paradoxical Tales
Oliver Sacks
To these seven narratives of neurological disorder Dr. Sacks brings the same humanity, poetic observation, and infectious sense of wonder that are apparent in his bestsellers Awakenings and The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat.

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