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Book review: Human, by Michael S. Gazzaniga

People who write about the brain in an evolutionary context tend to fall into one of two groups. Some seek for continuity between humans and other animals, while others concentrate on the differences between them. Gazzaniga belongs to the second group; he finds there is a qualitative as well as a quantitative difference separating us from other species.

The book covers a lot of territory, starting with brain anatomy and ending with the prospects for technology to modify the human brain by means of implants or genetic manipulation. On the way there is a lot about the neurological basis of social interactions, religion, and morality. [More]


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