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Re: [bookclub-792] Next book after finishing The Stuff of Thought

From: Ruchira
Sent on: Saturday, May 2, 2009 1:16 PM
A friend has recommended _Intelligence: A Very Short Introduction_ by Ian Deary, containing six of the seminal experiments on intelligence.

--Ruchira

On Thu, Apr 30, 2009 at 10:13 AM, Ruchira Datta <[address removed]> wrote:
I just started reading _iconoclast: a neuroscientist reveals how to think differently_ by Gregory Berns, a professor of neuroeconomics.? This book is also interesting.? It might be good to read this after Nancy Andreasen's _The Creative Brain_, though, as these two neuroscientists seem to have different ideas about how the brain thinks creatively.? Personally I'm still more inclined to _The Creative Brain_ point of view at this point.

--Ruchira


On Tue, Apr 28, 2009 at 7:58 PM, Ruchira Datta <[address removed]> wrote:
Another book I read and enjoyed was Gary Marcus's _The Birth of the Mind_.

Any word from anyone who attended the Cognitive Science Conference?

--Ruchira


On Fri, Apr 24, 2009 at 6:02 PM, Ruchira <[address removed]> wrote:
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...

--Ruchira

On Thu, Apr 23, 2009 at 10:16 PM, REAM <[address removed]> wrote:
Hello everyone,

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.

~Dana Ream




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