Dinner and Book Club 2 "Welcome to Your Brain"

  • October 28, 2013 · 6:30 PM
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Thanks to Kristine's great suggestion, so this time we will study on our fascinating...BRAIN!!!

The name of the book is "Welcome to Your Brain: Why You Lose Your Car Keys but Never Forget How to Drive and Other Puzzles of Everyday Life"

Below is a brief introduction from Amazon.com

Neuroscientists Aamodt, editor-in-chief of Nature Neuroscience, and Wang, of Princeton University, explain how the human brain—with its 100 billion neurons—processes sensory and cognitive information, regulates our emotional life and forms memories. They also examine how human brains differ from those of other mammals and show what happens to us during dreams. They also tackle such potentially controversial topics as whether men and women have different brains (yes, though what that means in terms of capabilities and behavior, they say, is up in the air) and whether intelligence is shaped more by genes or environment (genes set an upper limit on people's intelligence, but the environment before birth and during childhood determines whether they reach their full genetic potential). Distinguishing their book are sidebars that explode myths—no, we do not use only 10% of our brain's potential but nearly all of it—and provide advice on subjects like protecting your brain as you get older. The book could have benefited from a glossary of neurological terms and more illustrations of the brain's structure. Still, this is a terrific, surprisingly fun guide for the general reader. B&w illus. (Mar.) 

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  • Clara

    Hey, just want to touch base with everyone to see how's the book reading going! Hope you have had fun reading so far!

    October 23

    • Kristine

      Hello Clara, just got back from Turkey this weekend. Sorry for the late reply. I did read half of the book during the long journey. I look forward to the exchange of notes tonight as the latter half of the book makes me really curious about. I'l make up for my late reply with some turkish delights and spice tea to share with the group for dessert heehee ;)

      October 28

    • Clara

      Thanks, Kristine for the turkish delights and spice tea :)))) What a great night !

      October 29

  • abraham p.

    Interesting discussions, excellent food, great company and an awesome meetup. Thanks for organizing Clara!

    1 · October 28

  • Quang L.

    Just wanted to share this article about the brain, Oreos, and cocaine. http://www.theglobeandmail.com/...­

    October 18

    • Clara

      WOW! I did not know Oreos is more addictive than cocaine! No wonder those little things always look a little suspicious to me...

      October 18

    • Eric

      Sugar is also highly addictive and this: http://www.forbes.com...­

      October 18

  • Quang L.

    Errr, I'm going to pick chapter 7 thanks.

    October 8

    • Clara

      Haha, that's the purpose, slacking off the rest of the book!!! Joking :) This book is more technical than the previous one. I think it will be a stretch to expect everyone to read every chapter. So using this "expert" method, we can at least make sure the whole book is covered, through team efforts though :)

      October 11

    • Jenny

      Hi Clara. I sent you a message. =O)

      October 11

  • Clara

    Hey, my book club friends! How's book reading going so far? :) I am wondering since we have 6 members and the book has 6 chapters. How about each one of us pick one chapter and become expert of it, which means making sure to have good understanding of the chapter. When we meet and discuss, we can take turns to facilitate the discussions on each chapter. Let me know whether you think it's a good idea! And if so, let me know the chapter you pick. Have a cheerful weekend!

    October 5

    • Clara

      Haha, no no, since I am the organizer, who is supposed to be the most generous one. I generously let u keep ur chapter. No objection if u want to take on two or three. LOL. Eric, does the previous book say that intp can be really funny?

      October 7

    • Clara

      Jenny, Quan and Kristine, please let us know your pick as well ;) Have fun reading! Yeah!!!

      October 8

  • Clara

    I have been fascinated with brain health for quite a while. And the expert I admire the most in this field is Dr. Daniel Amen. I learned so much from his books and teachings. Below is his Facebook page, which feeds me some good brain healthy tips almost everyday.

    https://www.facebook.com/?q=#/dr...­

    Have a beautiful day, everyone!

    September 23

  • Quang L.

    "...provide advice on subjects like protecting your brain as you get older." Sounds good to me, sometimes I feel like I'm getting dumber every day. :(

    September 22

    • Clara

      Please don't say that, hehe... I believe that with proper nutrition, exercise routine, right mindset, intellectually stimulating environment, and supportive/nourishing relationships, all of us can maintain healthy function of brain for very very long! Cheers,

      September 23

  • Themis (.

    If you are also interested in the physiological side of brain, check this app out: http://sciencenetlinks.com/tool...­.

    1 · September 20

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