Our brains were designed for tribal life, for getting along with a select group of others (Us), and for fighting off everyone else (Them). But modern life has thrust the world’s tribes into a shared space, creating conflicts of interest and clashes of values, along with unprecedented opportunities. As the world shrinks, the moral lines that divide us become more salient and more puzzling. We fight over everything from tax codes to gay marriage to global warming, and we wonder where, if at all, we can find our common ground.
A grand synthesis of neuroscience, psychology, and philosophy, Moral Tribes reveals the underlying causes of modern conflict and lights a way forward. Our emotions make us social animals, turning Me into Us. But they also make us tribal animals, turning Us against Them. Our tribal emotions make us fight, sometimes with bombs, sometimes with words, and often with life-and-death stakes. Drawing inspiration from moral philosophy and cutting-edge science, Moral Tribes shows when we should trust our instincts, when we should reason, and how the right kind of reasoning can move us forward.
Joshua Greene is the director of Harvard University’s Moral Cognition Lab, a pioneering scientist, a philosopher, and an acclaimed teacher. The great challenge of Moral Tribes is this: How can we get along with Them when what they want feels so wrong? Finally, Greene offers a surprisingly simple set of maxims for navigating the modern moral terrain, a practical road map for solving problems and living better lives.
Into The Silent Land
‘Genius… personal, poetic and truthful. [It] reads as light as a soufflé, yet also has the resonant depth to haunt you for the rest of your days.’ Guardian
Into the Silent Land marks the debut of an astonishing new voice. Paul Broks draws on his many years as a neuropsychologist to present an unforgettable narrative about memory and personal identity. Into the Silent Land describes ordinary people whose extraordinary situations have much to teach us about chance, compassion and human resilience in the face of adversity. It is a book that penetrates the reader’s imagination and lingers in the memory long after the final page.
‘Paul Brok’s wonderful book… is full of wonders and unsettling new perspectives.’ Independent on Sunday
‘A beautifully written addition to brain literature… will mesmerise anyone curious about the mass of goo inside our heads.’ Time Out, Book of the Week
‘A debut of considerable distinction.’ Sunday Times
‘Paul Broks is set to be the new Oliver Sacks… knife edge sharp [and] uncompromising. Brilliantly unsettling’ Ian Finlayson, The Times
‘Into the SilentLand is a small, strange, beautiful gem… Broks is as much poet as scientist… Indelible’ Atul Gawande, author of Complications
The Exceptional Brain
The Exceptional Brain and How It Changed the World delves into the lives of famous figures and celebrates the work of ground-breaking doctors who helped us understand the way the brain works.
Dr. Kaplan illuminates both the bizarre and common conditions that affected a collection of exceptional people, including Leonardo da Vinci, Vincent van Gogh, Adolf Hitler, Jack the Ripper, Arthur Inman (world’s longest diarist), Nijinsky, Woody Guthrie, Jack Ruby, Howard Hughes and others. Conditions and diseases such as temporal lobe epilepsy, hypergraphia, mirror writing, brain tumour, parkinsonism, syphilis, schizophrenia and obsessive compulsive disorder.
The Exceptional Brain and How It Changed the World is fascinating reading for anyone who has ever wondered how our brains tick.