Books on the Brain
Scientists offered insights into the mind-body connection, presenting new techniques to boost brainpower. Neuroscientist Wendy Suzuki examined the biological link between exercise, mindfulness, and action. Psychologist Scott Barry Kaufman challenged the conventional wisdom about childhood predictors of later success. And philosopher Alfred Mele investigated the existence of free will, its meaning and ramifications.
Brave New Word
Journalist Rick Karr took us behind the scenes with authors of new books making big waves. Author and theoretical physicist Leonard Mlodinow recounted the key historical moments and colorful characters behind our quest to understand the universe. Celebrated science writer Laura Snyder transported us to 17th-century Holland, where an artist and a scientist transformed how we see the world. And environmental journalist and author Bob Reiss journeyed to the Arctic for a fictional thriller steeped in real-world peril.
Steven Pinker’s Sense of Style
World-renowned linguist and cognitive scientist Steven Pinker delivered his take on the modern art of writing well. Using insights from his studies of language and the mind, the best-selling author offered practical advice for crafting clear, coherent and stylish prose – and made us laugh along the way.
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