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The Body: A Guide for Occupants
by Bill Bryson

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English

Pages

424

Publication Date

October 15, 2019

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<b><b>AN INSTANT <i>NEW YORK TIMES </i>BESTSELLER<br />NAMED A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR BY<i> THE WASHINGTON POST聽<br /></i><b>LONGLISTED FOR THE PEN E.O. WILSON LITERARY SCIENCE WRITING AWARD</b><i><br /></i><br />"Glorious. . .You will marvel at the brilliance and vast weirdness of your design."聽<b>鈥?lt;i>The Washington Post聽</i></b><br /><br />Bill Bryson, bestselling author of <i>A Short History of Nearly Everything</i>, takes us on a head-to-toe tour of the marvel that is the human body. As addictive as it is comprehensive, this is Bryson at his very best, a must-read owner's manual for everybody.</b></b><br /><br />Bill Bryson once again proves himself to be an incomparable companion as he guides us through the human body--how it functions, its remarkable ability to heal itself, and (unfortunately) the ways it can fail. Full of extraordinary facts (your body made a million red blood cells since you started reading this) and irresistible Bryson-esque anecdotes, <i>The Body</i> will lead you to a deeper understanding of the miracle that is life in general and you in particular. As Bill Bryson writes, "We pass our existence within this wobble of flesh and yet take it almost entirely for granted." <i>The Body</i> will cure that indifference with generous doses of wondrous, compulsively readable facts and information.
Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams
by Matthew Walker

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English

Pages

369

Publication Date

October 03, 2017

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<b>鈥?lt;i>Why We Sleep</i> is an important and fascinating book鈥alker taught me a lot about this basic activity that every person on Earth needs. I suspect his book will do the same for you.鈥?鈥擝ill Gates</b><br /> <br /><b>A <i>New York Times </i>bestseller and international sensation, this 鈥渟timulating and important book鈥?(<i>Financial Times</i>) is a fascinating dive into the purpose and power of slumber.</b><br /><br />With two appearances on <i>CBS This Morning </i>and <i>Fresh Air</i>'s most popular interview of 2017, Matthew Walker has made abundantly clear that sleep is one of the most important but least understood aspects of our life. Until very recently, science had no answer to the question of why we sleep, or what good it served, or why we suffer such devastating health consequences when it is absent. Compared to the other basic drives in life鈥攅ating, drinking, and reproducing鈥攖he purpose of sleep remains more elusive.<br /> <br /> Within the brain, sleep enriches a diversity of functions, including our ability to learn, memorize, and make logical decisions. It recalibrates our emotions, restocks our immune system, fine-tunes our metabolism, and regulates our appetite. Dreaming creates a virtual reality space in which the brain melds past and present knowledge, inspiring creativity.<br /> <br /> In this 鈥渃ompelling and utterly convincing鈥?(<i>The Sunday Times</i>) book, preeminent neuroscientist and sleep expert Matthew Walker provides a revolutionary exploration of sleep, examining how it affects every aspect of our physical and mental well-being. Charting the most cutting-edge scientific breakthroughs, and marshalling his decades of research and clinical practice, Walker explains how we can harness sleep to improve learning, mood and energy levels, regulate hormones, prevent cancer, Alzheimer鈥檚 and diabetes, slow the effects of aging, and increase longevity. He also provides actionable steps towards getting a better night鈥檚 sleep every night.<br /> <br /> Clear-eyed, fascinating, and accessible, <i>Why We Sleep</i> is a crucial and illuminating book. Written with the precision of Atul Gawande, Andrew Solomon, and Sherwin Nuland, it is 鈥渞ecommended for night-table reading in the most pragmatic sense鈥?(<i>The</i> <i>New York Times Book Review</i>).
Human Diversity: The Biology of Gender, Race, and Class
by Charles Murray

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English

Pages

528

Publication Date

January 28, 2020

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<b>All people are equal but, as <i>Human Diversity</i> explores, all groups of people are not the same -- a fascinating investigation of the genetics and neuroscience of human differences.</b><b><br /></b>The thesis of <i>Human Diversity</i> is that advances in genetics and neuroscience are overthrowing an intellectual orthodoxy that has ruled the social sciences for decades. The core of the orthodoxy consists of three dogmas:<br /><br />- Gender is a social construct.<br /><br />- Race is a social construct.<br /><br />- Class is a function of privilege. <br /><br />The problem is that all three dogmas are half-truths. They have stifled progress in understanding the rich texture that biology adds to our understanding of the social, political, and economic worlds we live in.<br /><br />It is not a story to be feared. "There are no monsters in the closet," Murray writes, "no dread doors we must fear opening." But it is a story that needs telling. <i>Human Diversity</i> does so without sensationalism, drawing on the most authoritative scientific findings, celebrating both our many differences and our common humanity.
Successful Aging: A Neuroscientist Explores the Power and Potenti...
by Daniel J. Levitin

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English

Pages

524

Publication Date

January 07, 2020

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<b>INSTANT TOP 10 BESTSELLER聽 <i>*New York Times *USAToday *Washington Post *LA Times</i><br /><br />"Debunks the idea that aging inevitably brings infirmity and unhappiness and instead offers a trove of practical, evidence-based guidance for living longer and better."<br />鈥擠aniel H. Pink, author of聽<i>When聽</i>and聽<i>Drive聽</i><br /><i><br /></i></b><i>SUCCESSFUL AGING</i>聽delivers powerful insights: <br /> 鈥?Debunking the myth that memory always declines with age <br /> 鈥?Confirming that "health span"鈥攏ot "life span"鈥攊s what matters <br /> 鈥?Proving that sixty-plus years is a unique and newly recognized developmental stage <br /> 鈥?Recommending that people look forward to joy, as reminiscing doesn't promote health<b><br /><br /> </b>Levitin looks at the science behind what we all can learn from those who age joyously, as well as how to adapt our culture to take full advantage of older people's wisdom and experience. Throughout his exploration of what aging really means, using research from developmental neuroscience and the psychology of individual differences, Levitin reveals resilience strategies and practical, cognitive enhancing tricks everyone should do as they age. <br /><br /> <i>Successful Aging</i> inspires a powerful new approach to how readers think about our final decades, and it will revolutionize the way we plan for old age as individuals, family members, and citizens within a society where the average life expectancy continues to rise.聽<b><br /></b>
Awkward: The Science of Why We're Socially Awkward and Why That's...
by Ty Tashiro

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English

Pages

291

Publication Date

April 25, 2017

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<p>In the vein of <em>Quiet </em>and <em>The Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth</em> comes this illuminating look at what it means to be awkward鈥攁nd how the same traits that make us socially anxious and cause embarrassing faux pas also provide the seeds for extraordinary success.</p><p>As humans, we all need to belong. While modern social life can make even the best of us feel gawky, for roughly one in five of us, navigating its challenges is consistently overwhelming鈥攁n ongoing maze without an exit. Often unable to grasp social cues or master the skills and grace necessary for smooth interaction, we feel out of sync with those around us. Though individuals may recognize their awkward disposition, they rarely understand why they are like this鈥攚hich makes it hard for them to know how to adjust their behavior.</p><p>Psychologist and interpersonal relationship expert Ty Tashiro knows what it鈥檚 like to be awkward. Growing up, he could do math in his head and memorize the earned run averages of every National League starting pitcher. But he couldn鈥檛 pour liquids without spilling and habitually forgot to bring his glove to Little League games. In <em>Awkward,</em> he unpacks decades of research into human intelligence, neuroscience, personality, and sociology to help us better understand this widely shared trait. He explores its nature vs. nurture origins, considers how the awkward view the world, and delivers a welcome counterintuitive message: the same characteristics that make people socially clumsy can be harnessed to produce remarkable achievements. </p><p>Interweaving the latest research with personal tales and real world examples, <em>Awkward</em> offers reassurance and provides valuable insights into how we can embrace our personal quirks and unique talents to harness our awesome potential鈥攁nd more comfortably navigate our complex world.</p>
Your Body in Balance: The New Science of Food, Hormones, and Heal...
by Neal D Barnard

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English

Pages

352

Publication Date

February 04, 2020

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<b>This nationally bestselling book explains the shocking new science of how hormones are wreaking havoc on the body, and the delicious solution that improves health, reduces pain, and even helps to shed weight.</b><br /><br /> Hidden in everyday foods are the <i>causes</i> of a surprising range of health problems: infertility, menstrual cramps, weight gain, hair loss, breast and prostate cancer, hot flashes, and much more. All of these conditions have one thing in common: they are fueled by hormones that are hiding in foods or are influenced by the foods we eat. <br /><br /> <i>Your Body in Balance</i> provides step-by-step guidance for understanding what's at the root of your suffering-and what you can do to feel better fast. Few people realize that a simple food prescription can help you tackle all these and more by gently restoring your hormone balance, with benefits rivaling medications. Neal Barnard, MD, a leading authority on nutrition and health, offers insight into how dietary changes can alleviate years of stress, pain, and illness. What's more, he also provides delicious and easy-to-make hormone-balancing recipes, including:<br /> <ul><li>Cauliflower Buffalo Chowder</li><li>Kung Pao Lettuce Wraps</li><li>Butternut Breakfast Tacos</li><li>Mediterranean Croquettes </li><li>Apple Pie Nachos</li><li>Brownie Batter Hummus</li></ul> <i>Your Body in Balance</i> gives new hope for people struggling with health issues. Thousands of people have already reclaimed their lives and their health through the strategic dietary changes described in this book. Whether you're looking to treat a specific ailment or are in search of better overall health, Dr. Neal Barnard provides an easy pathway toward pain relief, weight control, and a lifetime of good health.
Friendship: The Evolution, Biology, and Extraordinary Power of Li...
by Lydia Denworth

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English

Pages

301

Publication Date

January 28, 2020

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<p><strong>A Next Big Idea Club Must-Read Nonfiction Book of Winter 2020<br /><br /><br /><br />A revelatory investigation of friendship, with profound implications for our understanding of what humans and animals alike need to thrive across a lifetime.</strong></p><br /><p>The phenomenon of friendship is universal and elemental. Friends, after all, are the family we choose. But what makes these bonds not just pleasant but essential, and how do they affect our bodies and our minds?</p><br /><p>In <em>Friendship</em>, science journalist Lydia Denworth takes us in search of friendship鈥檚 biological, psychological, and evolutionary foundations. She finds friendship to be as old as early life on the African savannas鈥攚hen tribes of people grew large enough for individuals to seek fulfillment of their social needs outside their immediate families. Denworth sees this urge to connect reflected in primates, too, taking us to a monkey sanctuary in Puerto Rico and a baboon colony in Kenya to examine social bonds that offer insight into our own. She meets scientists at the frontiers of brain and genetics research and discovers that friendship is reflected in our brain waves, our genomes, and our cardiovascular and immune systems; its opposite, loneliness, can kill. At long last, social connection is recognized as critical to wellness and longevity.</p><br /><p>With insight and warmth, Denworth weaves past and present, field biology and neuroscience, to show how our bodies and minds are designed for friendship across life stages, the processes by which healthy social bonds are developed and maintained, and how friendship is changing in the age of social media. Blending compelling science, storytelling, and a grand evolutionary perspective, Denworth delineates the essential role that cooperation and companionship play in creating human (and nonhuman) societies.</p><br /><p><em>Friendship</em> illuminates the vital aspects of friendship, both visible and invisible, and offers a refreshingly optimistic vision of human nature. It is a clarion call for putting positive relationships at the center of our lives.</p>
Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst
by Robert M. Sapolsky

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English

Pages

798

Publication Date

May 02, 2017

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Why do we do the things we do?<br /><br />Over a decade in the making, this game-changing book is Robert Sapolsky's genre-shattering attempt to answer that question as fully as perhaps only he could, looking at it from every angle. Sapolsky's storytelling concept is delightful but it also has a powerful intrinsic logic: he starts by looking at the factors that bear on a person's reaction in the precise moment a behavior occurs, and then hops back in time from there, in stages, ultimately ending up at the deep history of our species and its genetic inheritance.<br /><br />And so the first category of explanation is the neurobiological one. What goes on in a person's brain a second before the behavior happens? Then he pulls out to a slightly larger field of vision, a little earlier in time: What sight, sound, or smell triggers the nervous system to produce that behavior? And then, what hormones act hours to days earlier to change how responsive that individual is to the stimuli which trigger the nervous system? By now, he has increased our field of vision so that we are thinking about neurobiology and the sensory world of our environment and endocrinology in trying to explain what happened.<br /><br />Sapolsky keeps going--next to what features of the environment affected that person's brain, and then back to the childhood of the individual, and then to their genetic makeup. Finally, he expands the view to encompass factors larger than that one individual. How culture has shaped that individual's group, what ecological factors helped shape that culture, and on and on, back to evolutionary factors thousands and even millions of years old.<br /><br />The result is one of the most dazzling tours de horizon of the science of human behavior ever attempted, a majestic synthesis that harvests cutting-edge research across a range of disciplines to provide a subtle and nuanced perspective on why we ultimately do the things we do...for good and for ill. Sapolsky builds on this understanding to wrestle with some of our deepest and thorniest questions relating to tribalism and xenophobia, hierarchy and competition, morality and free will, and war and peace. Wise, humane, often very funny, Behave is a towering achievement, powerfully humanizing, and downright heroic in its own right.
Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon's Journey into the Afterlife
by Eben Alexander III M.D.

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English

Pages

209

Publication Date

October 23, 2012

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A SCIENTIST鈥橲 CASE FOR THE AFTERLIFE<P>聽<P>Near-death experiences, or NDEs, are controversial. Thousands of people have had them, but many in the scientific community have argued that they are impossible. Dr. Eben Alexander was one of those people. <P><P>A highly trained neurosurgeon who had operated on thousands of brains in the course of his career, Alexander knew that what people of faith call the 鈥渟oul鈥?is really a product of brain chemistry. NDEs, he would have been the first to explain, might feel real to the people having them, but in truth they are simply fantasies produced by brains under extreme stress. <P><P>Then came the day when Dr. Alexander鈥檚 own brain was attacked by an extremely rare illness. The part of the brain that controls thought and emotion鈥攁nd in essence makes us human鈥?shut down completely. For seven days Alexander lay in a hospital bed in a deep coma. Then, as his doctors weighed the possibility of stopping treatment, Alexander鈥檚 eyes popped open. He had come back. <P><P>Alexander鈥檚 recovery is by all accounts a medical miracle. But the real miracle of his story lies elsewhere. While his body lay in coma, Alexander journeyed beyond this world and encountered an angelic being who guided him into the deepest realms of super-physical existence. There he met, and spoke with, the Divine source of the universe itself. <P><P>This story sounds like the wild and wonderful imaginings of a skilled fantasy writer. But it is not fantasy. Before Alexander underwent his journey, he could not reconcile his knowledge of neuroscience with any belief in heaven, God, or the soul. That difficulty with belief created an empty space that no professional triumph could erase. Today he is a doctor who believes that true health can be achieved only when we realize that God and the soul are real and that death is not the end of personal existence but only a transition. <P><P>This story would be remarkable no matter who it happened to. That it happened to Dr. Alexander makes it revolutionary. No scientist or person of faith will be able to ignore it. Reading it will change your life.
An Elegant Defense: The Extraordinary New Science of the Immune S...
by Matt Richtel

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English

Pages

324

Publication Date

March 12, 2019

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<p><strong>National Bestseller</strong></p><p><strong>鈥淥ne of those rare nonfiction books that transcends the genre. ... Extraordinary.鈥?鈥擠ouglas Preston, New York Times bestselling author of <em>The Lost City of the Monkey God</em></strong></p><p><strong>A聽grand tour</strong><strong>聽of the human immune system and the secrets of health, b</strong><strong>y the Pulitzer Prize鈥搘inning聽<em>New York Times</em>聽journalist</strong><strong><br /></strong></p><p>A terminal cancer patient rises from the grave. A medical marvel defies HIV. Two women with autoimmunity discover their own bodies have turned against them. Matt Richtel's聽<em>An Elegant Defense聽</em>uniquely entwines these intimate stories with science鈥檚 centuries-long quest to unlock the mysteries of sickness and health, and illuminates the immune system as never before.</p><p>The immune system is our body鈥檚 essential defense network, a guardian vigilantly fighting illness, healing wounds, maintaining order and balance, and keeping us alive. Its legion of microscopic foot soldiers鈥攆rom T cells to 鈥渘atural killers鈥濃€攑atrols our body, linked by a nearly instantaneous communications grid. It has been honed by evolution over millennia to face an almost infinite array of threats.</p><p>For all its astonishing complexity, however, the immune system can be easily compromised by fatigue, stress, toxins, advanced age, and poor nutrition鈥攈allmarks of modern life鈥攁nd even by excessive hygiene. Paradoxically, it is a fragile wonder weapon that can turn on our own bodies with startling results, leading today to epidemic levels of autoimmune disorders.</p><p>Richtel effortlessly guides readers on a scientific detective tale winding from the Black Plague to twentieth-century breakthroughs in vaccination and antibiotics, to the cutting-edge laboratories that are revolutionizing immunology鈥攑erhaps the most extraordinary and consequential medical story of our time. The foundation that Richtel builds makes accessible revelations about cancer immunotherapy, the microbiome, and autoimmune treatments that are changing millions of lives.聽<em>An Elegant Defense聽</em>also captures in vivid detail how these powerful therapies, along with our behavior and environment, interact with the immune system, often for the good but always on a razor鈥檚 edge that can throw this remarkable system out of balance.</p><p>Drawing on his groundbreaking reporting for the聽<em>New York Times聽</em>and based on extensive new interviews with dozens of world-renowned scientists, Matt Richtel has produced a landmark book, equally an investigation into the deepest riddles of survival and a profoundly human tale that is movingly brought to life through the eyes of his four main characters, each of whom illuminates an essential facet of our 鈥渆legant defense.鈥?lt;/p><br />

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