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Book of the Week: February 15, 2007

Second Nature: Brain Science and Human Knowledge

By Dr. Gerald M. Edelman

Dr. Edelman is the director of La Jolla’s Neurosciences Institute, and his brain-based approach to knowledge has rich implications for our understanding of creativity, of the normal and abnormal functioning of the brain, and of the connections between the different ways we have of knowing. While the gulf between science and the humanities and their respective views of the world has seemed enormous in the past, the author shows that their differences can be dissolved by considering their origins in brain functions. He foresees a day when brain-based devices will be conscious, and he reflects on this and other fascinating ideas about how we come to know the world and ourselves.

Dennis Wills at D.G. Wills Books made this week’s selection.