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In Chapter 13, “Why Is Reductionism Successful in Art?” author Eric Kandel explores what about abstract art challenges the human brain.

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How Art Can Inform Brain Science, and Vice Versa

By Eric Kandel | September 1, 2016

Reductionism may be the key to bridging the gap between the humanities and the sciences.

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Book Excerpt from Seven Skeletons

By Lydia Pyne | August 1, 2016

In Chapter 1, “The Old Man of La Chapelle: The Patriarch of Paleo,” author Lydia Pyne explains the public's evolving conception of the first complete Neanderthal skeleton found and described by scientists.

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Book Excerpt from Wondrous Truths

By J.D. Trout | June 1, 2016

In Chapter 2 author J.D. Trout highlights the dividing line between truth and scientific “fact.”

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Start Making Sense

By J.D. Trout | June 1, 2016

Scientific progress is only achieved when humans' innate sense of understanding is validated by objective reality.

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In the book's prologue, author Frans de Waal considers the intellectual impediments to studying animal intelligence.

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To Each Animal Its Own Cognition

By Frans de Waal | May 1, 2016

The study of nonhuman intelligence is coming into its own as researchers realize the unique contexts in which distinct species learn and behave.

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Book Excerpt from The Serengeti Rules

By Sean B. Carroll | April 1, 2016

In the introduction to the book, author Sean B. Carroll draws the parallels between ecological and physiological maladies.

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In Your Dreams

By David Gelernter | March 1, 2016

Understanding the sleeping brain may be the key to unlocking the secrets of the human mind.

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Do Mine Ears Deceive Me?

By R. Haven Wiley | September 1, 2015

A new approach shows how both honesty and deception are stable features of noisy communication.

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