Serendip's Bookshelves

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Serendip's Bookshelves

The web is a novel addition to rather than a replacement for other forms of human communication and interaction. Here is a listing of books and journal articles which are important to Serendip's evolution, with commentary and continuing discussion by Serendip creators and visitors aimed at making the books and journal articles more active parts of human exchange.

Annett, Marian - Handedness and Brain Asymmetry: The Right Shift Theory (James Damascus)

Beck, Aaron - Cognitive Therapy and the Emotional Disorders (Martin) 

Begley, Sharon and Schwartz, Jeffrey - The Mind & The Brain: Neuroplasticity and The Power of Mental Force (AKyan)

Begley, Sharon and Schwartz, Jeffrey - The Mind & The Brain: Neuroplasticity and The Power of Mental Force (Whitney McDonald)

Benson, Robert - The Relaxation Response (francescamarangell)

Blackmore, Susan - Conversations on Consciousness: What the Best Minds Think About the Brain, Free Will, and What It Means To Be Human (Astra Bryant)

Boden, Margaret A. - The Creative Mind: Myths and Mechanisms (secaldwe)

Brizendine, Louann - Demystified: The Female Brain, Explained (lrifkin)

Brizendine, Louann - Demystified: The Female Brain, Explained (Sarah Powers)

Buchanan Mark - Nexus: Small Worlds and the Groundbreaking Theory of Networks (Paul Grobstein)

Capra, Fritjof - The Hidden Connections: Integrating the Biological, Cognitive and Social Dimensions of Life into a Science of Sustainability (Heather F.)

Changeux, Jean-Pierre, A.R. Damasio, W. Singer and Y. Christen - Neurobiology of Human Values (csandrinic)

Changeux, Jean-Pierre - The Physiology of Truth: Neuroscience and Human Knowledge (Vargas, Gray)

Damasio, Antonio - Looking for Spinoza Joy, Sorrow, and the Feeling Brain (Alexandra Mnuskin)

Damasio, Antonio - Looking for Spinoza Joy, Sorrow, and the Feeling Brain (Beatrice Johnson)

Damasio, Antonio - Descartes' Error: Emotion, Reason, and the Human Brain (Paul Grobstein)

Damasio, Antonio - Descartes' Error: Emotion, Reason, and the Human Brain (kmanning)

D'Aquili, Eugene, Andrew Newberg, Vince Rause - Why God Won't Go Away: Brain Science and the Biology of Belief (Mariya Simakova)

Donald, Merlin - Origins of the Modern Mind (Erin Schifeling)

Fadiman, Anne - The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctor, and the Collision of Two Cultures (Anne Dalke)

Fadiman, Anne - The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctor, and the Collision of Two Cultures (Jen Lam)

Foster, Russell G. and Kreitzman, Leon - Rhythms of Life (Ebony Dix)

Friedman, Thomas - The World is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century (Anne Dalke)

Funder, David C. - The Personality Puzzle (Fatu Badiane)

Gazzaniga, Michael - The Ethical Brain (Claude Heffron)

Gigerenzer, Gerd - Gut Feelings: The Intelligence of the Unconscious (vpizzini)

Gladwell, Malcolm - Blink (Antonia Jauregui)

Gladwell, Malcolm - Blink (AriannahM)

Gladwell, Malcolm - Blink (Brom Snyder)

Gladwell, Malcolm - Blink (Caroline Wright)

Gladwell, Malcolm - Blink (clin)

Gladwell, Malcolm - Blink (Leigh Urbschat)

Gladwell, Malcolm - Blink (Perrin Braun)

Gladwell, Malcolm - Blink (Pleiades)

Gladwell, Malcolm - Blink (Stacy Blecher)

Gladwell, Malcolm - The Tipping Point (JaymElaine)

Gladwell, Malcolm - The Tipping Point (jpena)

Gladwell, Malcolm - The Tipping Point (Stefanie Fedak)

Gladwell, Malcolm - The Tipping Point (Sylvia Ncha)

Goldstein, Rebecca - Betraying Spinoza: The Renegade Jew Who Gave Us Modernity (Anne Dalke)

Grandin, Temple - Thinking in Pictures: My Life with Autism (Paul Grobstein)

Groopman, Jerome - How Doctors Think (Alex Hansen)

Handler, Lowell - Twist and Shout: A Touretter's Tale (Ljones) 

Hassesnstein, Bernhard - Information and Control in the Living Organism (Tamara Tomasic)

Jacobs, Jane - The Nature of Economies (Jed Grobstein)

Jamison, Kay Redfield - An Unquiet Mind (Paul B)

Jamison, Kay Redfield - An Unquiet Mind (Alexis Webb)

Jamison, Kay Redfield - Touched With Fire: Manic Depressive Illness and the Artistic Temperment (Anna Dejdar)

Jamison, Kay Redfield - Touched With Fire: Manic Depressive Illness and the Artistic Temperment (Carolyn Dahlgren)

Jamison, Kay Redfield - Touched With Fire: Manic Depressive Illness and the Artistic Temperment (Cayla McNally)

Jamison, Kay Redfield - Touched With Fire: Manic Depressive Illness and the Artistic Temperment (Danielle Marck)

Jamison, Kay Redfield - Touched With Fire: Manic Depressive Illness and the Artistic Temperment (Diana C. Applegate)

Jamison, Kay Redfield - Touched With Fire: Manic Depressive Illness and the Artistic Temperment (Elizabeth Damore)

Johnson, Steven - Mind Wide Open: Your Brain and The Neuroscience of Everyday Life (Emilie Wlodaver)

Johnson, Steven - Mind Wide Open: Your Brain and The Neuroscience of Everyday Life (eshuster)

Johnson, Steven - Mind Wide Open: Your Brain and The Neuroscience of Everyday Life (Kristin Jenkins)

Johnson, Steven - Mind Wide Open: Your Brain and The Neuroscience of Everyday Life (Marissa Patterson)

Jourdain, Robert - Music, The Brain, and Ecstacy: How Music Captures Our Imagination (Amber Baum)

Jourdain, Robert - Music, The Brain, and Ecstacy: How Music Captures Our Imagination (Eden McQueen)

Jourdain, Robert - Music, The Brain, and Ecstacy: How Music Captures Our Imagination (Emily Lewis)

Kandel, Eric R. - In Search of Memory: the emergence of a new science of the mind (Darlene Forde)

Kaysen, Susanna - Girl, Interrupted (kgins) 

Keynes, Randal - Darwin, His Daughter, and Human Evolution (Anne Dalke)

King, Thomas - The Truth About Stories: A Human Narrative (Anne Dalke)

Knight, Louise - Citizen: Jane Addams and the Struggle for Democracy (Anne Dalke)

Kramer, Peter D. - Against Depression (Liz S)

Kramer, Peter D. - Listening to Prozac (Bethany Canver)

Kramer, Peter D. - Listening to Prozac (Faiza Mahmood)

LeDoux, Joseph - The Emotional Brain (Sarah Harding)

Levitin, Daniel J. - This Is Your Brain on Music (Ian Morton)

Luhrmann, T.M. - Of Two Minds: An Anthropologist Looks at American Psychiatry (Anneliese Butler)

Malcom, Janet - In the Freud Archives (ysilverman) 

Maté, Gabor - Scattered: How Attention Deficit Disorder Originates and What You Can Do About It (Katherine)

Miller, Alice - The Drama of the Gifted Child (Karen Ginsburg)

Naslund, Sena Jeter - Ahab's Wife Or, The Star-Gazer: A Novel (Anne Dalke et al.)

Nisbett, Richard E. - The Geography of Thought (NB)

Norretranders, Tor - The User Illusion: Cutting Consiousness Down to Size (Rebecca Pisciotta)

Pert, Candace B. - Why You Feel the Way you Feel: Molecules of Emotion (Em Madsen)

Piatelli-Palmarini, Massimo - Inevitable Illusions (dmckeever)

Pinker, Steven - The Language Instinct (Andrea Goldstein)

Pinker, Steven - The Language Instinct (Sasha)

Ramachandran, V.S. - Phantoms in the Brain (Claire Ceriani)

Ramachandran, V.S. - Phantoms in the Brain (Rachel Freeland)

Revonsuo, Antti - Inner Presence: Consciousness as a Biological Phenomenon (Caroline Troein)

Robbins, Jim - A Symphony in the Brain (Shayna Israel)

Robison, John Elder - Look Me in the Eye (Paul Grobstein)

Rudoph, Frederick - The American College and University: A History (Anne Dalke)

Roughgarden, Joan - Evolution's Rainbow: Diversity, Gender, and Sexuality in Nature and People (Anne Dalke)

Sacks, Oliver - An Anthropologist on Mars (Anne-Marie Schmid)

Sacks, Oliver - An Anthropologist on Mars (Laura Spearot)

Sacks, Oliver - An Anthropologist on Mars (Molly Tamulevich)

Sacks, Oliver - An Anthropologist on Mars (Suzanne Landi)

Sacks, Oliver - Migraine (mstokes) 

Sacks, Oliver - The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat (AnnaM)

Searle, J.R. The Mystery of Consciousness (participants in Senior Seminar, 1999)

Shattuck, Roger - The Forbidden Experiment (Geoff Pollitt)

Shattuck, Roger - The Forbidden Experiment (kjusewiczh)

Shattuck, Roger - The Forbidden Experiment (Jessica Wurtz)

Snow, C.P. - The Two Cultures (Bryn Mawr faculty)

Sontag, Susan - Illness as Metaphor and AIDS and Its Metaphors (Anisha Chirmule)

Sontag, Susan - Illness as Metaphor and AIDS and Its Metaphors (Meera Seth)

Styron, William - Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness (Sophie F)

Talbot, Michael - The Holographic Universe (Kathleen Myers)

Taleb, Nassim - The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Probable (Anne Dalke)

Taylor, Jill Bolte - My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist's Personal Journey (ryan g) 

Wagner, Pamela Spiro and Spiro, Carolyn S. - Divided Minds: Twin Sisters and their Journey Through Schizophrenia (llamprou)

Wills, Chrisopher - The Runaway Brain: The Evolution of Human Uniqueness (Kate Tucker)

Wolfram, Stephen - A New Kind of Science (David Berger)

Wurtzel, Elizabeth - Prozac Nation (Riki)

Yalom, Irvin - Love's Executioner (Paige Sayfer)

Yalom, Irvin - Lying on the Couch (akerle) 

Yalom, Irvin - The Schopenhauer Cure (jrlewis)

Zeki, Semir - Inner Vision: an Exploration of Art and the Brain (Alanna Albano)

 

 

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Uncrypting the Crypt - Some Suggestions

You should get more of Dawkin's books. He is a bit of a loon, but his ideas are successfully extended into the "layman's" population.

Also, "Stumbling on Happiness" by Daniel Gilbert is a fascinating look into why and how we can sometimes 'chose' to be unhappy, how we can figure it out when we are, and how we can change that situation by thinking about what little control we do have over ourselves.

Also, web resources include:

  • ChangingMinds.org, the largest site in the world on all aspects of how we change what others think, believe, feel and do.
    http://changingminds.org/
  • Mind Control Techniques, Covert Hypnosis, and Persuasion
    unlocking the mysteries behind brainwashing, conscious control, and body language
    http://hypnosiscontrol.com/
  • How to solve a Rubik's Cube. Not everyone who can do it is a genius.
    http://www.goodmanlivingwell.com/RubiksCube.htm

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