I really liked _The Creative Brain: The Science of Genius_ by neuroscientist Nancy Andreasen.? It's very short and well-written.
As I've mentioned before, I liked _Hot Thought_.? Dana also has that, so perhaps he has an opinion about that.
The neuroscientist Mark Ellisman told me, completely out of the blue, that only 20% of one of Gerard Edelman's four books was worth reading (but didn't say which).? However, he seemed to enjoy making provocative statements, so I would take that with a grain of salt.? I have Edelman's _Bright Air, Brilliant Fire_ but haven't read it.
Maybe people going to the cognitive sciences conference tomorrow (which I'm not) will have some suggestions afterward...
On Thu, Apr 23, 2009 at 10:16 PM, REAM <[address removed]>
At our next meetup on Sunday, May 3rd, we will be discussing the last few chapters of The Stuff of Thought. And I would like to have our next book that we will read decided before the end of that next meeting. Therefore, I would like to start fielding suggestions from which we can choose from. I will kick off the suggestion process by suggesting that we read Wider Than the Sky: The Phenomenal Gift of Consciousness, by Gerald Edelman. I read his latest book, Second Nature: Brain Science and Human Knowledge, which was very short and seemed to be primarily about his thoughts on the reconciliation of the humanities with the sciences. I am hoping that his previous book (the one I am suggesting) will focus more on the brain and consciousness. His ideas seem to be complex and intriguing enough to inspire many pleasant hours of discussion and debate.
I look forward to hearing your suggestions.
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