By D. F. Swaab
A vibrant account of what makes us human.
dependent groundbreaking new examine, We Are Our Brains is a sweeping biography of the human mind, from infancy to maturity to outdated age. popular neuroscientist D. F. Swaab takes us on a guided journey of the problematic internal workings that ascertain our strength, our boundaries, and our wants, with each one bankruptcy serving as an eye-opening window on a special degree of mind improvement: the gender variations that improve within the embryonic mind, what is going on within the heads of youngsters, how parenthood completely adjustments the brain.
relocating past natural organic realizing, Swaab provides a debatable and multilayered moral argument surrounding the mind. faraway from owning real loose will, Swaab argues, now we have little or no regulate over our daily judgements, or who we'll turn into, simply because our brains predetermine every thing approximately us, lengthy sooner than we're born, from our ethical personality to our non secular leanings to whom we fall in love with. And he demanding situations a lot of our triumphing assumptions approximately what makes us human, deciphering the difficult “moral networks” that permit us to event emotion, revealing maternal intuition to be the results of hormonal adjustments within the pregnant mind, and exploring the best way that spiritual “imprinting” shapes the mind in the course of adolescence. Rife with memorable case reports, We Are Our Brains is already a bestselling overseas phenomenon. It goals to demystify the chemical and genetic workings of our such a lot mysterious organ, within the strategy supporting us to determine who we're via a completely new lens.
Did you know?
• The father’s mind is affected in being pregnant in addition to the mother’s.
• The withdrawal indicators we adventure on the finish of a love affair reflect chemical addiction.
• growing to be up bilingual reduces the possibility of Alzheimer’s.
• Parental faith is imprinted on our brains in the course of early improvement, a lot as our local language is.
Praise for We Are Our Brains
“Swaab’s ‘neurobiography’ is witty, opinionated, passionate, and, especially, cerebral.”—Booklist (starred review)
“A interesting survey . . . Swaab employs either own and clinical statement in near-equal measure.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“A cogent, provocative account of the way twenty-first-century ‘neuroculture’ has the capability to influence profound scientific and social change.”—Kirkus Reviews