Book reviews

ink-quillAs I describe in About the Blog, I’ve been researching the notion of the “tyranny of the prefrontal cortex” and its implications for over three years, and I’m not even close to finished.  I’ve plowed through (sometimes lovingly, sometimes laboriously) about 650 books and articles on the subject.  With this blog, I want to share my current readings with whoever is interested.  I won’t bother to review short “quickie” articles I come across in Nature, Science, PNAS, or other journals.  But when I’ve finished a book or what I view as a “major article”, I’ll share it in these posts.

One note, though: these won’t be a full, objective review of the book/article in question.  I’ll be writing about whatever I found relevant to the subject at hand.  So you’ll get to see the work from the perspective of my “tyranny of the prefrontal cortex” research.

The reviews will get listed below as they’re posted (newest on top):

The Master and his Emissary: The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World by Iain McGilchrist

Myths of the Archaic State: Evolution of the Earliest Cities, States, and Civilizations by Norman Yoffee.

Religion in Ancient Mesopotamia by Jean Bottéro

The Bible Unearthed: Archaeology’s New Vision of Ancient Israel and the Origin of its Sacred Texts by Israel Finkelstein and Neil Asher Silberman

Wandering God: A Study in Nomadic Spirituality by Morris Berman

In Search of the Indo-Europeans: Language, Archaeology and Myth by J. P. Mallory

The Myth of the Eternal Return by Mircea Eliade

More Than Human: Embracing the Promise of Biological Enhancement by Ramez Naam

Conceptions of God in Ancient Egypt: The One and the Many by Erik Hornung

Descartes’ Error: Emotion, Reason, and the Human Brain by Antonio Damasio

A Daoist Theory of Chinese Thought: A Philosophical Interpretation by Chad Hansen

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