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The Beak of the Finch

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The Beak of the Finch: A Story of Evolution in Our Time Cover Image
ISBN: 9780679733379
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Published: Vintage - May 30th, 1995

Two Princeton biologists working in the Galapagos document how Darwin's finches respond to environmental change. Engaging, evocative, literate, fascinating. A Pulitzer Prize winner. ~ Reviewed by Louise Jones

The Shallows

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The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780393339758
Availability: Out of Print
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - June 6th, 2011

Carr magnificently puts forth the case that the use of The Internet has indeed changed our brain. Not since the book itself became available to all, has our brain experienced such a shift. Backed by scientific studies that are ongoing, he articulates what is gained (multi-tasking, access to massive amounts of information, group connectivity) and what is lost (deep reading, original thought, imagination and empathy). Finally he makes the point that the online world is here to stay and that we must all be mindful of the consequences. ~ Reviewed by Karen Frank


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SuperSense: Why We Believe in the Unbelievable Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780061452642
Published: HarperOne - April 7th, 2009

The argument rages on and proofs are presented...Science vs. Supernatural. This book is for you if you think the two need not be mutually exclusive. Written in an accessible style, full of good research and historical perspective, and educated mind will be comfortable about coming to its own conclusions...or not, since the "scientific evidence" may never be forthcoming. ~ Reviewed by Karen Frank

The Other Side of Desire

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ISBN: 9780060885571
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Published: Ecco - March 9th, 2010

This is an excellent and thoroughly readable examination into various paraphilias: sexual fetishes that deviate from the the middle of the road. Bergner's prose melds to fit its subject and there are a few (and far between) passages where he even gets a little too personal. Throughout each of the books four chapters, he offers a keen insight and empathy to his subjects: a man with a debilitating foot fetish; a female sadist; a man who molested his stepdaughter; a fashion photographer attracted to amputees. Bergner never holds these people up as figures of emulation, nor does he denigrate their desires as "weird." He opens up a world that makes you look at your own desires, and recognize that we all have parts of us that may not seem "normal": and if nobody's "normal," then everyone is.

The God Delusion

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ISBN: 9780618918249
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Published: Mariner Books - January 16th, 2008

One needs to be intelligent, brave and a very good person with just the right balance between arrogance and humility to be a true atheist (or a good scientist). There is so much to be gained from reading this fascinating book which (among other points) explodes the Bible as history, and details the use of the existence of God, both in the past and present as a dangerous tool of megalomania.

Although I cling to my agnosticism like a security blanket, I cannot help but agree with the humanistic ideas and the plea for the eradication of ignorance Mr.Dawkins sets out, as a condition for the further survival and evolution of the human race. ~ Reviewed by Karen Frank

Proust Was a Neuroscientist

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ISBN: 9780547085906
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Published: Mariner Books - September 1st, 2008

Anyone who is an artist will feel even more creative after reading this fascinating and fun book. The author makes a spectacular case for the ways painters, musicians, chefs and writers discovered and described various functions of our brains which are only now being documented by scientists. The famous example is Proust's memory connected to the taste of a "cookie" which along with many others clarifies what we all should know already, that art and artists are absolutely essential to humanity. ~ Reviewed by Karen Frank


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