Jeff’s Reading (To Do) List
Philip Alcabes (2009). Dread: How Fear and Fantasy Have Fueled Epidemics from the Black Death to the Avian Flu
Adam Alter (2013) Drunk Pink Tank: And Other Unexpected Forces That Shape How We Think, Fell and Behave.
Ben Bergen (2012). Louder Than Words.
Kevin Blyer (2012) Me the People: One Man’s Selfless Quest to Rewrite the Constitution of the United States of America.
Michael Brooks (2012) Free Radicals: The Secret Anarchy of Science. Book about people who went on to prove controversial theories
Skila Brown (2014) Caminar. A book about the people in Columbia in the 1980s.
Robert Burton (2012) Skeptics Guide to the Mind
Benedict Cary (2014) How We Learn: The Surprising Turth about How, When and Why It Happens
Dr. Sean B. Carroll (2013) Brave Genius. How two Nobel Prize winners joined the French underground and led double lives.
Moran Cerf (2012). Ignorance: How It Drives Science.
Fernando Cervero (2012). Understanding Pain.
Karen Chenoweth (2011). Getting It Done: Leading Academic Success Stories in Unexpected Schools.
Dick Cheney (2013). Heart: An American Medical Odyssey. Dick Cheney is a jerk, of course. But this seems to be an interesting book about his journey with his failing heart.
Patricia Churchland (2011). Braintrust: What Neuroscience Tells Us about Morality & The Self as Brain
Dich Cheny (2013). Heart: An American Medical Odyssey. Dick Cheney is a jerk, of course. I was surprised to see he even had a heat. This seems to be an interesting book about his journey with his heart disease. And it reminds me to lose weight.
Davies, Steven Paul and Alex Cox (2009). The Prisoner’s Handbook.
Daniel Davis (2013), The Compatibility Gene. A book about how the immune system works.
Debra Davis (2007), The Secret History of the War on Cancer
This book talks about other things factors, mostly money, that affected the war on cancer.
Antonio Demasio (2010), Self Comes to Mind: Constructing the Conscious Brain
Jared Diamond (2012), What Can We Learn from Traditional Societies?
Charles Duhigg (2012), The Power Of Habit
David Eagleman. (2010). The Secret LIves of the Brain.
Charles Fernyhough (2013). Pieces of Light: How the New Science of Memory Illuminates the Stories We Tell about Our Pasts.
Jim Fay and David Funk (1995). Teaching with Love and Logic: Taking Control of the Classroom.
Ben GoldAchre (2012). Bad Pharma. Book about how pharmaceutial companies are not being honest with there research.
Temple Grandin: The Autistic Brain
Christ Hadfield (2013). An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth.
Gergory Hickok (2013). The Myth of the Mirror Neuron.
Naoki Higashida (2013). The Reason Why I Jump. A book about interviews with a kid with autism.
Bruce M. Hood (2009), SuperSense: Why We Believe in the Unbelievable/From Superstition to Religion — the Brain Science of Belief
Elsperth Huxley (1939), The Red Strangers.
Christof Koch: (2012), Consciousness: Confessions of a Romantic Reductionist
Gallistel, C. R. & King, A. P. (2009). Memory and the computational brain: Why cognitive science will transform neuroscience. New York: Wiley/Blackwell.
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Michael Gazzinga (2011). Who’s in Charge: Free Will and Science of the Brain.
Michael E. Hasselmo (2012), How We Remember: Brain Mechanisms of Episodic Memory
Chip Heath and Dan Heath (2012), Switch: How to Change Things when Change Is Hard.
James J. Heckman (2013). Giving Kids a Fair Chance (A Strategy That Works).
Rachel Hertz (2012), Digust.
Terrence Holt (2014): Internal Medicine. A Doctor’s Stories.
Richard Lewis (2013). Forever Fix: Gene Therapy and the Boy Who Saved It.
This story is about a boy who had SCID and how gene therapy saved him, I think.
Thomas Little and Katherine Elison (2015). Loving Learning: How Progressive Education Can Save America’s Schools
Yann Martel (2003). The Life of Pi.
Tracy McMillan (2012), The American Way of Eating: Undercover at Walmart, Applebee’s, Farm Fields and the Dinner Table
This book talks about from where our food comes as well as the people who get it to us.
Hawking Incoporated: Stephen Hawking and the Anthropology of the Knowing Subject (2012). Helene Mialet.
Leonard Molodinow (2012) Subliminal: How Your Unconscious Mind Rules Your Behavior.
This book is about how we really make decisions, with our emotions rather than with logic and evidence.
Nagami, Pamala. (2014), The Woman with a Worm in Her Head: And Other True Stories of Infectious Disease
Sonia Nozario (2007), Enrique’s Journey. A story about a young man coming to America.
Shawn Lawernce Otto (2011), Fool Me Twice: Fighting the Assault of Science in America.
Peter Piot (2012), No Time to Lose: A Life in Pursuit of Deadly Viruses.
Stanley Prusner (2014), Madness and Memory. Dr. Prusiner’s memoir about his discovery of how prions work.
The Purchases (2001), The Lion Children.
David Quamman (2012), Spillover. A book about how animal diseases spread to people.
Mary Roach (2013), Gulp. A book about our guts.
Amanda Riply (2013). The Smartest Kids in the World: How They Got That Way. About schools in different countries.
Pasi Sahlberg (2011). What Can the World Learn from Education Change in Finland?
Sally Satel and Scott O. Lilienfeld. (2013). Brainwashed: THe Seductive Appeal of Mindless Neuroscience.
Sebastian Seung (2012). Connectome: How the Brain’s Wiring Makes Who We Are
Eric Schmidt and someone else (2013). The New Digital Age.
Arthur P. Shimamura (2013). Experiencing Art: In the Brain of the Beholder.
Steve Silberman (2015): Neurotribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity.
Rebecca Stott (2012). The Secret History of Evolution / In Search of the First Evolutionists.
Steven Strogatz (2011). The Joy of X.
Daniel Tammet (2013). Thinking in Numbers. A book by a guy in love with numbers.Gary Taubes (2011), Why We Get Fat and What to Do About It. Knopf. I am interested in this book because there are many new developments in how our bodies metabolize fat, sugar and other nutrients. Personally, I don’t know what to believe.
Bill Vlasic (2011) Once Upon a Car. This book talks about how the Michigan 3 automakers had financial problems and how they came back.
Harriet Washington (2009). Medical Apartheid. This book is about how blacks where mistreated or untreated by the US medical system as well as how experiments were performed on people (mostly black, but white, too), without their knowledge, up to today.
Finished Outstanding Books
David Bainbridge (2009) Teenagers: A Natural History.
This was a really good book. It talks about how the brains of teenagers are different than kids, how they are growing (mostly the brain, but kids too), and how they are changing. It helps me understand how the brains are different than those of kids and adults, and how teenagers are unique (and cool) people as they develop into adults. Available in iTunes.
Eric R. Kandel (2012), The Age of Insight: The Quest to Understand the Unconscious in Art, Mind, and Brain, from Vienna 1900 to the Present.
Dr. Kandel, who was alive for most of this period, wrote this book on the interplay between art and the brain. This is a very good book that explains how art and the brain relate to each other. The book describes a period in Vienna that included both art and psychology. And, it includes some good neuroscience about perception. Unfortunately, it is not suitable for kids; the book is highly recommended for adults.
Walter Iverson (2011), Steve Jobs. This book about the co-founder and leader of Apple is outstanding. I learned a lot about how to do things as well as how not to treat people. It made me really think about what is important in my life, which will end too soon (hopefully at least 60 years form now). Highly recommended.
John Medina (2011), Brain Rules.
Wes Moore (2011), The Other Wes Moore Wes Moore is a man who went to college. As he was getting ready to go to college, amother man with the same name had a much different fate. He ended up in jail for life for participation in a robbery that ended up with a dead cop. The book looks at what was different between the two men to have such different fates. Available in iTunes (this was the first iTunes book I bought – seemed appropriate.)
Paul Offit (2011), Deadly Choices, Basic Books. This book is about the effects that foolish people who deny the life-saving benefits of vaccines. It is a great book that taught me a lot. Available in iTunes.
V.S. Ramachandrun (2011), The Tell-Tale Brain. I am rereading this book because it has a few great chapters on somatosensory processing, including phantom limbs. I will be using it or another book by Rami in the Sensation and Perception CTY course. Available in iTunes (my copy is a physical copy signed by Rami).
Paul Ruggieri (2012). Confessions of a Surgeon: The Good, Bad and Complicated: LIfe Behind the OR Doors.
This book looks like a good read about what really happens in surgery and medicine.
Oliver Sacks (2012), Hallucinations.
This delightful book talks about all types of hallucinations, except those related to schizophrenia. I loved this book. It really makes you think about how the brain processes information. Highly recommended.Rebecca Skloot (2010) The Immortal Cells of Henrietta Lacks This book talks about the racial, ethical and other issues surrounding a cell line from which all of us have benefited. The book was outsdtanding. She talked about Henrietta Lack’s life and how her cells were used as well as the ethical issues of usiing people’s cells then and today. Niel Degrasse Tyson (2012). Space Chronicles: Facing the Ultimate Frontier.
Dr. Tyson is one of my heroes. I love his podcast (Star Talk Radio). I was a bit disappointed in this book because it didn’t seem like a coherent hole, the books of Stephen Jay Gould. But, I really enjoyed each of the chapters, so I still recommend it.
James D. Watson (2012). The Double Helix.
Other ReadingsOther books I would like to read, but don’t have the time or money.Nathan Myvhold (2011). Modernist Cuisine. This cookbook is six volume, 2431 pages and very expensive. But it explains what happens when you cook.