By D. F. Swaab
A bright account of what makes us human.
established groundbreaking new learn, We Are Our Brains is a sweeping biography of the human mind, from infancy to maturity to outdated age. well known neuroscientist D. F. Swaab takes us on a guided travel of the difficult internal workings that ensure our power, our barriers, and our wants, with every one bankruptcy serving as an eye-opening window on a distinct degree of mind improvement: the gender ameliorations that improve within the embryonic mind, what is going on within the heads of kids, how parenthood completely alterations the brain.
relocating past natural organic realizing, Swaab offers a debatable and multilayered moral argument surrounding the mind. faraway from owning real unfastened will, Swaab argues, we've got little or no keep an eye on over our daily judgements, or who we'll develop into, simply because our brains predetermine every little thing approximately us, lengthy sooner than we're born, from our ethical personality to our spiritual leanings to whom we fall in love with. And he demanding situations a lot of our winning assumptions approximately what makes us human, interpreting the tricky “moral networks” that let us to event emotion, revealing maternal intuition to be the results of hormonal alterations within the pregnant mind, and exploring the way in which that non secular “imprinting” shapes the mind in the course of early life. Rife with memorable case reviews, We Are Our Brains is already a bestselling foreign phenomenon. It goals to demystify the chemical and genetic workings of our such a lot mysterious organ, within the strategy supporting us to work out 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 replicate chemical addiction.
• becoming up bilingual reduces the chance 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, specifically, cerebral.”—Booklist (starred review)
“A attention-grabbing survey . . . Swaab employs either own and medical commentary in near-equal measure.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“A cogent, provocative account of the way twenty-first-century ‘neuroculture’ has the aptitude to influence profound scientific and social change.”—Kirkus Reviews