I got started reading _Predictably Irrational_, it looks really interesting. ?Here are some other books that I had mentioned today or last time:
_The Symbolic Species_ by Deacon--good to read after _Mothers and Others_ (or before, as I did). ?About the uniqueness of symbolic language to humans and its coevolution with infant brains. ?Deacon is a biological anthropologist at Berkeley.
_Rationality for Mortals_ by Gigerenzer--might be good to read after _Predictably Irrational (I haven't read this one). ?About how what seems irrational may not be, when looking at the bigger picture of humans in their evolutionary context. ?Gigerenzer is a psychologist.
_Phantoms in the Brain_ by Ramachandran and Blakeslee--about people's integration of their bodies (and extensions thereof) with their brains. ?I've read this one, as I think some others have as well. ? It's quite good, and has been suggested for this reading group several times. ?Ramachandran is a neuroscientist.
Ant?nio Dam?sio: I read and was stimulated by his first book, _Descartes' Error: Emotion, Reason, and the Human Brain_--relating to the question of motivation that Scott and Dana are interested in. ?However, this may not be the best book of his to read. ?A speaker at a technical talk I went to a few years ago said the somatic marker hypothesis had been falsified, although when I looked it up later it seemed that what had been falsified was an interpretation that was not what I had thought Dam?sio meant, when I read his book. ?Anyway, Dam?sio's later books might reflect the subsequent development of his thinking. ?Dam?sio is a neuroscientist.
_The Body Has A Mind Of Its Own_ by Blakeslee--similar to _Phantoms in the Brain_, but is less of a scientific memoir and more of a popular exposition (and also includes newer material, having come out nine years later). I'm currently reading this. ?Blakeslee is a science writer.