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Tag: science

Non-Fiction

Other Minds

Peter Godfrey-Smith is an Australian philosopher and diving enthusiast, with particular interest in cephalopods, which goes someway to explaining this book. I did find it quite hard to absorb and switched to an audiobook part way through. I possibly missed something important but it seemed…

5 Star, Non-Fiction

Inferior

In Inferior, Angela Saini looks at the bias at work in science, specifically when it comes to studies in sex difference. From Darwin’s frankly appalling (but of his time) attitude to women to modern day studies, Saini looks at their evidence and takes apart theories…

Non-Fiction

The Idiot Brain

In The Idiot Brain, Dean Burnett explores how the brain makes us behave how we do, in an accessible and friendly manner. I find this stuff fascinating. Dean also makes it clear that we don’t know everything and what we do know sometimes changes, but…

5 Star, Non-Fiction

Fragile Lives

Fragile Lives is the memoir of an eminent heart surgeon. Professor Stephen Westaby charts cases from his 50 years of work, in the NHS and abroad, pioneering techniques, including artificial hearts and taking chances where others feared to tread. Another day at the office for…

5 Star, Non-Fiction

Do No Harm

Every operation on the brain comes with great risks. The delicate organ inside our skulls holds our very selves, but one wrong cut can end in devastating results. We put a lot of faith in the doctors who wield the scalpels. But what is it…

Non-Fiction

Do Zombies Dream of Undead Sheep?

What’s going on inside the zombie brain? From the characteristic shuffle and moaning to their lack of awareness, can it all be explained by science? Join two neuroscientists on their journey to diagnose the zombie condition. Something that sounds like it could be jump on…