Exploring the origins of consciousness, cephalopod and human, with Peter Godfrey-Smith in 'Other Minds'
"The mind evolved in the sea," writes Godfrey-Smith, but if water is our origin it may also be our destiny.
Veteran's New Fiction Adds Needed Perspective on War Zones
There is no such thing as "the veteran experience," particularly in a war on terror waged across multiple countries for more than 10 years.
The Miracle Cure that Wasn't: 'White Matter' on the Personal Tragedy of Lobotomy
For families like Sternburg's lobotomy offered a last resort that tugged on the tangled heartstrings of compassion and self-preservation, love and fear.
The Man Who Couldn't Stop" a rich, reasonable look at OCD
We begin to see OCD in relation to what is considered normal human behavior, such as daydreaming and the rituals invented by children, suggesting that OCD may be the exaggerated expression of certain traits more or less apparent in all of us.
Leslie Jamison connects with The Empathy Exams
In her remarkable new essay collection, The Empathy Exams, Leslie Jamison looks long and hard at what it means to feel empathy. 'Empathy isn't just listening to, it's asking the questions whose answers need to be listened to. Empathy requires inquiry as much as imagination.'
Amnesia makes David Stuart MacLean a riddle he must solve
MacLean has hallucinations and memory lapses, flitting in and out of consciousness like a surrealist television show playing on a set with a haywire power button.
"Falling into the Fire" a piercing portrait of psychiatry
Lauren swallows scissors, light bulbs, batteries, bedsprings, knives. Eddie pinches pennies for plastic surgeries he can't afford and rubs his face raw with sandpaper trying to fix disfiguring acne scars that no one else sees...
"The Mind's Eye" by Oliver Sacks
Their stories all revolve around visual perception and language, and the relationship between those two — subjective experience and how one describes that experience — provides the real enigma at the heart of this book.
"C" by Tom McCarthy
With "C," Tom McCarthy has written an avant-garde masterpiece — a sprawling cryptogram — in the guise of an epic, coming-of-age period piece.
"Vanishing Point: Not a Memoir" by Ander Monson
But in all this fooling around with form, something serious is at stake.