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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>“<i>Why We Sleep</i> is an important and fascinating book…Walker taught me a lot about this basic activity that every person on Earth needs. I suspect his book will do the same for you.” —Bill Gates</b><br /> <br /><b>A <i>New York Times </i>bestseller and international sensation, this “stimulating and important book” (<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—eating, drinking, and reproducing—the 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 “compelling and utterly convincing” (<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’s and diabetes, slow the effects of aging, and increase longevity. He also provides actionable steps towards getting a better night’s 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 “recommended for night-table reading in the most pragmatic sense” (<i>The</i> <i>New York Times Book Review</i>).
The Body: A Guide for Occupants
by Bill Bryson

Language

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 <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." <b>—<i>The Washington Post </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.
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  *New York Times  *USAToday  *Indie List <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 />—Daniel H. Pink, author of <i>When </i>and <i>Drive </i><br /><i><br /></i></b><i>SUCCESSFUL AGING</i> delivers powerful insights: <br /> • Debunking the myth that memory always declines with age <br /> • Confirming that "health span"—not "life span"—is what matters <br /> • Proving that sixty-plus years is a unique and newly recognized developmental stage <br /> • 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. <b><br /></b>
Pathophysiology - E-Book: The Biologic Basis for Disease in Adult...
by , Sue E. Huether

Language

English

Pages

4233

Publication Date

January 10, 2018

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<p>Learn the what, how, and why of pathophysiology! With easy-to-read<b>, </b>in-depth<b> </b>descriptions of disease, disease etiology, and disease processes, <b>Pathophysiology: The Biologic Basis for Disease in Adults and Children, 8th Edition </b>helps you understand the most important and most complex pathophysiology concepts. This updated text includes more than 1,300 full-color illustrations and photographs to make it easier to identify normal anatomy and physiology, as well as alterations of function. This edition includes a NEW chapter on <i>obesity and nutritional disorders</i>, along with<b> </b>expanded coverage of <i>rare diseases and epigenetics</i>. It’s the most comprehensive and authoritative pathophysiology text available!</p><ul><b></b><li><b>The most comprehensive and authoritative pathophysiology text on the market</b> provides unparalleled coverage of Pathophysiology content<b>.</b></li><li><b>Over 1,300 full-color illustrations and photographs</b> depict the clinical manifestations of disease and disease processes — more than in any other pathophysiology text.</li><li><b>Consistent presentation of diseases</b> includes pathophysiology, clinical manifestations, and evaluation and treatment. </li><li><b>Lifespan content</b> includes ten separate pediatric chapters and special sections with aging and pediatrics content. </li><li><b>Outstanding authors </b>Kathryn McCance and Sue Huether have extensive backgrounds as researchers and instructors, and utilize expert contributors, consultants, and reviewers in developing this edition.</li><li><b>Algorithms</b> <b>and flowcharts of diseases and disorders</b> make it easy for you to follow the sequential progression of disease processes.</li><li><b>Additional <i>What’s New</i> boxes </b>highlight the most current research and clinical development.</li><li><b><i>Nutrition and Disease</i> boxes</b> explain the link between concepts of health promotion and disease.</li><li><b>Chapter summary reviews</b> provide concise synopses of the main points of each chapter.</li> </ul><ul><b></b><li><b>NEW! Chapter on <i>obesity and nutritional disorders</i></b> thoroughly covers these growing global concerns. </li><li><b>NEW! Added coverage of rare diseases and epigenetics </b>further explore genetic disease traits<b>. </b></li><li><b>NEW! Over 50 new or heavily revised illustrations </b>visually highlight pathophysiology concepts.</li><li><b>NEW! More than 30 new 3D animations on Evolve </b>bring difficult concepts to life for a new perspective on disease processes.</li> </ul>
Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst
by Robert M. Sapolsky

Language

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.
Galileo's Error: Foundations for a New Science of Consciousness
by Philip Goff

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English

Pages

256

Publication Date

November 05, 2019

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<b><b>From a leading philosopher of the mind comes this lucid, provocative argument that offers a radically new picture of human consciousness—panpsychism.</b></b><br /><br />Understanding how brains produce consciousness is one of the great scientific challenges of our age. Some philosophers argue that consciousness is something "extra," beyond the physical workings of the brain. Others think that if we persist in our standard scientific methods, our questions about consciousness will eventually be answered. And some even suggest that the mystery is so deep, it will never be solved. Decades have been spent trying to explain consciousness from within our current scientific paradigm, but little progress has been made.<br /><br />Now, Philip Goff offers an exciting alternative that could pave the way forward. Rooted in an analysis of the philosophical underpinnings of modern science and based on the early twentieth-century work of Arthur Eddington and Bertrand Russell, Goff makes the case for panpsychism, a theory which posits that consciousness is not confined to biological entities but is a fundamental feature of all physical matter—from subatomic particles to the human brain. In <i>Galileo's Error, </i>he has provided the first step on a new path to the final theory of human consciousness.
Neurofitness: A Brain Surgeon's Secrets to Boost Performance and ...
by Rahul Jandial

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English

Pages

277

Publication Date

June 04, 2019

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From the operating room, where he performs some of the riskiest surgeries around, to the lab, where he works on leading clinical trials, Dr. Rahul Jandial is on the cutting edge of the latest advancements in neuroscience. This fascinating book draws on Dr. Jandial’s broad-spectrum expertise and brings together the best of various fields—surgery, science, brain structure, the conscious mind—all to explain the bigger picture of brain health and rejuvenation. It is a journey into his operating room, around the world on his surgical missions, inside his laboratory, and to the outer edges of neuroscience to reveal the latest brain breakthroughs that are turning science fiction into reality, translating their implications for everyday life. Busting myths along the way, Jandial helps readers get wired for success at work and school, perform better when the pressure is on, boost memory, control stress and emotions, minimize pain, stick to a healthy eating plan, unleash creativity, raise smarter kids, and stay sharp as they age. Combining the treatment guidelines he gives his patients, the most promising concepts from frontier science, and the smartest super-achiever hacks, he provides practical takeaways for optimizing brain function and leading a healthier, happier, more productive life.
The Case Against Reality: Why Evolution Hid the Truth from Our Ey...
by Donald Hoffman

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English

Pages

272

Publication Date

August 13, 2019

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<p><strong>Can we trust our senses to tell us the truth?</strong></p><br /><p>Challenging leading scientific theories that claim that our senses report back objective reality, cognitive scientist Donald Hoffman argues that while we should take our perceptions seriously, we should not take them literally. How can it be possible that the world we see is not objective reality? And how can our senses be useful if they are not communicating the truth? Hoffman grapples with these questions and more over the course of this eye-opening work.</p><br /><p>Ever since <em>Homo sapiens</em> has walked the earth, natural selection has favored perception that hides the truth and guides us toward useful action, shaping our senses to keep us alive and reproducing. We observe a speeding car and do not walk in front of it; we see mold growing on bread and do not eat it. These impressions, though, are not objective reality. Just like a file icon on a desktop screen is a useful symbol rather than a genuine representation of what a computer file looks like, the objects we see every day are merely icons, allowing us to navigate the world safely and with ease.</p><br /><p>The real-world implications for this discovery are huge. From examining why fashion designers create clothes that give the illusion of a more “attractive” body shape to studying how companies use color to elicit specific emotions in consumers, and even dismantling the very notion that spacetime is objective reality, <em>The Case Against Reality</em> dares us to question everything we thought we knew about the world we see.</p>
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’S CASE FOR THE AFTERLIFE<P> <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 “soul” 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’s own brain was attacked by an extremely rare illness. The part of the brain that controls thought and emotion—and in essence makes us human— 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’s eyes popped open. He had come back. <P><P>Alexander’s 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.
The Only Skill that Matters: The Proven Methodology to Read Faste...
by Jonathan A. Levi

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English

Pages

130

Publication Date

September 03, 2019

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In the next ten years, every knowledge worker on earth will become one of two things: invaluable or obsolete. No matter the industry, the pace of progress and new information is faster today than ever before in human history—and it’s accelerating exponentially.<BR><BR>In this new reality, how can we possibly hope to keep up? How can we learn, unlearn, and relearn fast enough to stay relevant in the world to come?<BR><BR>In <i>The Only Skill That Matters</i>, <B>Jonathan Levi</B> unveils a powerful, neuroscience-based approach to reading faster, remembering more, and learning more effectively. You’ll master the ancient techniques being used by world record holders and competitive memory athletes to unlock the incredible capacity of the human brain. You’ll learn to double or triple your reading speed, enhance your focus, and optimize your cognitive performance. Most importantly, you’ll be empowered to confidently approach any subject—from technical skills, to names and faces, to foreign languages, and even speeches—and learn it with ease.

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