Book cover of Between Us: How Cultures Create Emotions by Batja Mesquita
Health and Psychology

Between Us: How Cultures Create Emotions

A pioneer of cultural psychology argues that emotions are not innate, but made as we live our lives together.

“How are you feeling today?” We may think of emotions as universal responses, felt inside, but in Between Us, acclaimed psychologist Batja Mesquita asks us to reconsider them through the lens of what they do in our relationships, both one-on-one and within larger social networks. […Learn More]

Book cover of The Deep History of Ourselves: The Four-Billion-Year Story of How We Got Conscious Brains by Joseph Ledoux
Biological Sciences

The Deep History of Ourselves: The Four-Billion-Year Story of How We Got Conscious Brains

A leading neuroscientist offers a history of the evolution of the brain from unicellular organisms to the complexity of animals and human beings today

Renowned neuroscientist Joseph LeDoux digs into the natural history of life on earth to provide a new perspective on the similarities between us and our ancestors in deep time. This page-turning survey of the whole of terrestrial evolution sheds new light on how nervous systems evolved in animals, how the brain developed, and what it means to be human. […Learn More]

Book cover of Conscience: The Origins of Moral Intuition by Patricia Churchland
Biological Sciences

Conscience: The Origins of Moral Intuition

Conscience, a finalist for the PEN / E. O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award, explores why all social groups have moral systems and how these systems are formed. Distinguished professor Patricia S. Churchland brings together an understanding of the influences of neuroscience, genetics, and physical environment to elucidate how our brains are configured to form bonds and care for children, while also investigating why amoral psychopaths can arise. […Learn More]

Book cover of The Pattern Seekers: How Autism Drives Human Invention by Simon Baron-Cohen
Biological Sciences

The Pattern Seekers: How Autism Drives Human Invention

A groundbreaking argument about the link between autism and ingenuity.

Why can humans alone invent? In The Pattern Seekers, Cambridge University psychologist Simon Baron-Cohen makes a case that autism is as crucial to our creative and cultural history as the mastery of fire. Indeed, Baron-Cohen argues that autistic people have played a key role in human progress for seventy thousand years, from the first tools to the digital revolution. […Learn More]

Book cover for The Idea of the Brain: The Past and Future of Neuroscience by Matthew Cobb
Biological Sciences

The Idea of the Brain: The Past and Future of Neuroscience

For thousands of years, thinkers and scientists have tried to understand what the brain does. Yet, despite the astonishing discoveries of science, we still have only the vaguest idea of how the brain works. In The Idea of the Brain, scientist and historian Matthew Cobb traces how our conception of the brain has evolved over the centuries. Although it might seem to be a story of ever-increasing knowledge of biology, Cobb shows how our ideas about the brain have been shaped by each era’s most significant technologies. Today we might think the brain is like a supercomputer. In the past, it has been compared to a telegraph, a telephone exchange, or some kind of hydraulic system. What will we think the brain is like tomorrow, when new technology arises? […Learn More]

Artificial Intelligence & Robotics

A Thousand Brains: A New Theory of Intelligence

A bestselling author, neuroscientist, and computer engineer unveils a theory of intelligence that will revolutionize our understanding of the brain and the future of AI.

For all of neuroscience’s advances, we’ve made little progress on its biggest question: How do simple cells in the brain create intelligence? […Learn More]