The Tell-Tale Brain: A Neuroscientist’s Quest for What Makes Us Human is the newest (January 2011) by V. S. Ramachandran. If you listen to WNYC’s Radiolab podcast, you’ll recognize the name of the author. Ramachandran is an amazing neuroscientist whose regular appearance on Radiolab often comes with not only a cool accent but also mind-wrinkling ideas. This book is on my Kindle TBR list.
Scientific American Mind has a review of the book (registration required for full review), but if you are interested in the kind of work he does, listen to “Who Am I?,” an episode of Radiolab. The entire podcast is seriously interesting, but about 30 minutes in they talk with Ramachandran about the differences in the imaginations of humans and monkeys.
Neuroscience provides some of the most interesting insight into what makes up a human being. It also poses some of the most significant quandaries for theological discussion. I’m looking forward to reading this and will post a review here at Discarded Image when I have.