Black Holes, Beakers, and Books, Fall 2010

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s Black Holes, Beakers, and Books: Popular Science Book Club returns this fall with our fourth discussion series of three recent books about science. This series is entitled Brains & Behavior, and features the following books:

Sunday, October 17, 2010
Proust Was a Neuroscientist
by Jonah Lehrer
Can science and the arts be reconciled? Neuroscientist and Wired blogger Jonah Lehrer claims they can because artists, such as the writer Marcel Proust, often stumble upon scientific truths independently of scientists.

Sunday, November 21, 2010
Kluge: The Haphazard Construction of the Human Mind
by Gary Marcus
The human mind is rightfully held up as an amazing product of evolution, but it is also flawed in numerous ways. Kluge explores why, and offers tips for identifying and working around the errors our minds produce.

Sunday, December 19, 2010
Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us
by Daniel H. Pink
Bestselling author Daniel Pink (A Whole New Mind) moves beyond simplistic notions of human motivation by exploring the latest science about what drives us, and how this science is being implemented by individuals and organizations. This series of books will come to an exciting conclusion when Daniel Pink joins us via teleconference to discuss his book!

I hope to see you there!

–Wes

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