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SDL Book Club: April 2014: Mirroring People – Marco Iacoboni

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Screen Shot 2014-04-04 at 7.28.31 PMApril 2014:  Mirroring People: The New Science of How We Connect with Others – Marco Iacoboni

Please have this book ready by April 30, 2014!

What accounts for the remarkable ability to get inside another person’s head—to know what they’re thinking and feeling? “Mind reading” is the very heart of what it means to be human, creating a bridge between self and others that is fundamental to the development of culture and society. But until recently, scientists didn’t understand what in the brain makes it possible.

This has all changed in the last decade. Marco Iacoboni, a leading neuroscientist whose work has been covered in The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and The Wall Street Journal, explains the groundbreaking research into mirror neurons, the “smart cells” in our brain that allow us to understand others. From imitation to morality, from learning to addiction, from political affiliations to consumer choices, mirror neurons seem to have properties that are relevant to all these aspects of social cognition. As The New York Times reports: “The discovery is shaking up numerous scientific disciplines, shifting the understanding of culture, empathy, philosophy, language, imitation, autism and psychotherapy.”
Mirroring People is the first book for the general reader on this revolutionary new science.
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Written by Michael Mohammadi

April 4, 2014 at 18:29

Posted in Book Club, Neuroscience

SDL Book Club March 2014: Braintrust: What Neuroscience Tells Us about Morality

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March 2014Braintrust: What Neuroscience Tells Us about Morality – By Patricia Churchland

Please have this read by March 24, 2014 for a discussion within a week of that date.

From Wikipedia:  “Particia Churchland is a is a Canadian-American philosopher noted for her contributions to neurophilosophy and the philosophy of mind. She is UC President’s Professor of Philosophy Emerita at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), where she has taught since 1984. She has also held an adjunct professorship at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies since 1989. Educated at the University of British Columbia, the University of Pittsburgh, and the University of Oxford, she taught philosophy at the University of Manitoba from 1969 to 1984 and is married to the philosopher Paul Churchland.”

Patricia Churchland previously wrote a book called Neurophilosophy in which she lays the foundation for the study of philosophy based on basic neuroscience and does a nice job giving an overview of neuropsychology and develops a template for studying philosophy from a basic resaerch persepctive.  In Braintrust, Churchland attempts to describe what we know about morality and moral behavior through social sciences and the underlying neural mechanisms (mostly from preclinical/animal research).  This should be a fun read for us all and I look forward to discussing it with you all next month!

Written by Michael Mohammadi

March 1, 2014 at 14:28

Posted in Book Club, Neuroscience

Science Driven Life (SDL) book club to begin February 2014

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Dear friends,

Just a one time notice that we’ll be starting a SDL book club in February 2014.  Details can be found here: https://sciencedrivenlife.wordpress.com/sdl-monthly-book-club/

February 2014:   A Universe from Nothing: Why There Is Something Rather than Nothing – Dr. Lawrence Krauss

If you’re interested in participating please comment or send me an email: michael dot mohammadi at gmail dot com!

Cheers!

Written by Michael Mohammadi

January 23, 2014 at 13:52

Posted in Book Club, Books, Physics