Science + Psychology

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OUTSMARTING THE SOCIOPATH NEXT DOOR: HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF AGAINST A RUTHLESS MANIPULATOR

Written by Stout, Martha
From Dr. Martha Stout's influential work The Sociopath Next Door, we learned how to identify a sociopath. Now she tells us what we actually can do about it. While the best way to deal with a sociopath is to avoid him or her entirely, sometimes circumstance doesn't allow for that.
April 21, 2020 | Hardcover | Harmony | 272 Pages |
$27.00
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GENESIS: THE DEEP ORIGIN OF SOCIETIES

Written by Wilson, Edward O
An "endlessly fascinating" (Michael Ruse) work of scientific thought and synthesis, Genesis is Edward O. Wilson's twenty-first-century statement on Darwinian evolution.
March 17, 2020 | Paperback | Liveright Publishing Corporation | 160 Pages |
$15.95
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MAMA'S LAST HUG: ANIMAL EMOTIONS AND WHAT THEY TELL US ABOUT OURSELVES

Written by de Waal, Frans
Mama's Last Hug is a fascinating exploration of the rich emotional lives of animals-- beginning with Mama, a chimpanzee matriarch who formed a deep bond with biologist Jan van Hooff.
March 10, 2020 | Paperback | W. W. Norton & Company | 336 Pages |
$16.95
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LETTERS FROM AN ASTROPHYSICIST

Written by Tyson, Neil DeGrasse
Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson has attracted one of the world's largest online followings with his fascinating, widely accessible insights into science and our universe. Now, Tyson invites us to go behind the scenes of his public fame by revealing his correspondence with people across the globe who have sought him out in search of answers.
October 8, 2019 | Hardcover | W. W. Norton & Company |
$19.95
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FOSSIL BOOK: A RECORD OF PREHISTORIC LIFE

Written by Fenton, Carroll Lane
"A readable . . . and remarkably comprehensive survey of the realm of prehistoric life." -- Chicago Sunday Tribune
January 15, 2020 | Paperback | Dover Publications | 760 Pages |
$39.95

DISORDERED MIND: WHAT UNUSUAL BRAINS TELL US ABOUT OURSELVES

Eric R. Kandel, the winner of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his foundational research into memory storage in the brain, is one of the pioneers of modern brain science. His work continues to shape our understanding of how learning and memory work and to break down age-old barriers between the sciences and the arts. In his seminal new book, The Disordered Mind, Kandel draws on a lifetime of pathbreaking research and the work of many other leading neuroscientists to take us on an unusual tour of the brain. He confronts one of the most difficult questions we face: How does our mind, our individual sense of self, emerge from the physical matter of the brain? The brain’s 86 billion neurons communicate with one another through very precise connections. But sometimes those connections are disrupted. The brain processes that give rise to our mind can become disordered, resulting in diseases such as autism, depression, schizophrenia, Parkinson’s, addiction, and post-traumatic stress disorder. While these disruptions bring great suffering, they can also reveal the mysteries of how the brain produces our most fundamental experiences and capabilities―the very nature of what it means to be human. Studies of autism illuminate the neurological foundations of our social instincts; research into depression offers important insights on emotions and the integrity of the self; and paradigm-shifting work on addiction has led to a new understanding of the relationship between pleasure and willpower. By studying disruptions to typical brain functioning and exploring their potential treatments, we will deepen our understanding of thought, feeling, behavior, memory, and creativity. Only then can we grapple with the big question of how billions of neurons generate consciousness itself.
August 1, 2019 | Paperback |
$17.00

UNDERBUG: AN OBSESSIVE TALE OF TERMITES AND TECHNOLOGY

Are we more like termites than we ever imagined? In Underbug, the award-winning journalist Lisa Margonelli introduces us to the enigmatic creatures that collectively outweigh human beings ten to one and consume $40 billion worth of valuable stuff annually―and yet, in Margonelli’s telling, seem weirdly familiar. Over the course of a decade-long obsession with the little bugs, Margonelli pokes around termite mounds and high-tech research facilities, closely watching biologists, roboticists, and geneticists. Her globe-trotting journey veers into uncharted territory, from evolutionary theory to Edwardian science literature to the military industrial complex. What begins as a natural history of the termite becomes a personal exploration of the unnatural future we’re building, with darker observations on power, technology, historical trauma, and the limits of human cognition. Whether in Namibia or Cambridge, Arizona or Australia, Margonelli turns up astounding facts and raises provocative questions. Is a termite an individual or a unit of a superorganism? Can we harness the termite’s properties to change the world? If we build termite-like swarming robots, will they inevitably destroy us? Is it possible to think without having a mind? Underbug burrows into these questions and many others―unearthing disquieting answers about the world’s most underrated insect and what it means to be human.
August 1, 2019 | Paperback |
$16.00

DOCTOR AND THE SOUL: FROM PSYCHOTHERAPY TO LOGOTHERAPY

Written by Frankl, Viktor E
Dr. Viktor E. Frankl is celebrated as the founder of logotherapy, a revolutionary mode of psychotherapy based on the essential human need to search for meaning in life. Even while suffering the degradation and misery of Nazi concentration camps--an experience he described in his bestselling memoir, Man's Search for Meaning--Frankl retained his belief that the most important freedom is the ability to determine one's spiritual well-being. After his liberation, he published The Doctor and the Soul, the first book in which he explained his method and his conviction that the fundamental human motivation is neither sex (as in Freud) nor the need to be appreciated by society (as in Adler), but the desire to live a purposeful life. Frankl's work represented a major contribution to the field of psychotherapy, and The Doctor and the Soul is essential to understanding it.Newly reissued in trade paperback, from the author of the bestselling Man's Search for Meaning--the classic book in which he first laid out his revolutionary theory of logotherapy. Dr. Viktor E. Frankl is celebrated as the founder of logotherapy, a revolutionary mode of psychotherapy based on the essential human need to search for meaning in life.
August 6, 2019 | Paperback | Vintage |
$16.00
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HOW TO GROW A HUMAN: ADVENTURES IN HOW WE ARE MADE AND WHO WE ARE

Written by Ball, Philip
Two summers ago, scientists removed a tiny piece of flesh from Philip Ball's arm and turned it into a rudimentary "mini-brain." The skin cells, removed from his body, did not die but were instead transformed into nerve cells that independently arranged themselves into a dense network and communicated with each other, exchanging the raw signals of thought. This was life--but whose?
October 16, 2019 | Hardcover | University of Chicago Press |
$25.00
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HOW THINGS WORK: THE INNER LIFE OF EVERYDAY MACHINES

Written by Gray, Theodore
Million-copy bestselling author of The Elements, Molecules, and Reactions Theodore Gray applies his trademark mix of engaging stories, real-time experiments, and stunning photography to the inner workings of machines, big and small, revealing the extraordinary science, beauty, and rich history of everyday things.
October 22, 2019 | Hardcover | Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers |
$29.99

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