As opposed to junk food for the mind on the brain:
Last night I taught a two hour class called ‘Navigating Neuroscience’ for the Guardian Masterclass series and I had the interesting challenge of coming up with a two hour course on some key concepts to help people make better sense of brain science, how it’s discussed, and its changing place in society.
As part of that, I recommended some books to give interested non-specialists a good critical introduction. I added a book after hearing some of the questions and I’ve included the list below.
I’ve mentioned some of them before on Mind Hacks in their own right, but I thought they’re worth mentioning as a set.
The books have been chosen to complement each other and the idea is that if you read all four, you should have a solid grounding in modern cognitive neuroscience and beyond. More.
For example, listed is: Brainwashed: The Seductive Appeal of Mindless Neuroscience by Sally Satel and Scott O. Lilienfeld
Not listed is Blink (the power of not thinking)
See also: Neuroscience tried wholly embracing naturalism, but then the brain got away
What great physicists have said about immateriality and consciousness
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