Three New Pop Science Releases Around What it Means to Be Alive

Interestingly, three new books are out this month addressing scientific definitions of life and its hazy boundaries in some way. I've read them all. (What a contemplative time it's been, for better or worse.) Let's discuss! Mr. Humble and Dr. Butcher: A Monkey's Head, the Pope's Neuroscientist, and the Quest to Transplant the Soul, by... Continue Reading →

Paul Kalanithi’s When Breath Becomes Air

I wanted to include When Breath Becomes Air in my medical nonfiction roundup, but this memoir takes a different path and deserves its own standalone post. (After this I'll return to non-medical topics next week, I promise!) I came across a coffee-stained copy (I hope it's coffee) in my neighborhood's Little Free Library while I... Continue Reading →

Speak, memory

Book review: Patient H.M. by Luke Dittrich (Amazon / Book Depository) Books like this don't come along every day. Patient H.M. is an extraordinary true story worked into an excellent piece of narrative nonfiction. At its core is the legendary patient whose 'broken' brain helped science understand more about how non-broken brains work, to borrow a line that... Continue Reading →

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