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Brains: How They Seem to Work Free from Amazon Kindle Store

Brains: How They Seem to Work by Dale Purves is free today from the Amazon Kindle store, and has received an average user rating of 4 out of 5 stars based on 34 customer reviews.  You can pick up your free copy by clicking here or typing in http://amzn.to/fKyAuk into your computer’s web browser.

Here is the book’s description from the Amazon website:

For 50 years, the world’s most brilliant neuroscientists have struggled to understand how human brains really work. Today, says Dale Purves, the dominant research agenda may have taken us as far as it can—and neuroscientists may be approaching a paradigm shift.

In this highly personal book, Purves reveals how we got to this point and offers his notion of where neuroscience may be headed next. Purves guides you through a half-century of the most influential ideas in neuroscience and introduces the extraordinary scientists and physicians who created and tested them.

Purves offers a critical assessment of the paths that neuroscience research has taken, their successes and their limitations, and then introduces an alternative approach for thinking about brains. Building on new research on visual perception, he shows why common ideas about brain networks can’t be right and uncovers the factors that determine our subjective experience. The resulting insights offer a deeper understanding of what it means to be human.

  • Why we need a better conception of what brains are trying to do and how they do it
    Approaches to understanding the brain over the past several decades may be at an impasse
  • The surprising lessons that can be learned from what we see
    How complex neural processes owe more to trial-and-error experience than to logical principles
  • Brains—and the people who think about them
    Meet some of the extraordinary individuals who’ve shaped neuroscience
  • The “ghost in the machine” problem
    The ideas presented further undermine the concept of free will

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The Art of the Commonplace Free from Amazon Kindle Store

The Art of the Commonplace: The Agrarian Essays of Wendell Berry by Wendell Berry is free today from the Amazon Kindle store, and has received an average user rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars based on 9 customer reviews.  You can pick up your free copy by clicking here or typing in http://amzn.to/lyxloR into your computer’s web browser.

Here is the book’s description from the Amazon website:

The Art of the Commonplace gathers twenty-one essays by Wendell Berry that offer an agrarian alternative to our dominant urban culture. These essays promote a clearly defined and compelling vision important to all people dissatisfied with the stress, anxiety, disease, and destructiveness of contemporary American culture. Why is agriculture becoming culturally irrelevant, and at what cost? What are the forces of social disintegration and how might they be reversed? How might men and women live together in ways that benefit both? And, how does the corporate takeover of social institutions and economic practices contribute to the destruction of human and natural environments? Through his staunch support of local economies, his defense of farming communities, and his call for family integrity, Berry emerges as the champion of responsibilities and priorities that serve the health, vitality, and happiness of the whole community of creation.

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38 Free Books from Amazon Kindle Store

As I mentioned in my first post this morning, Amazon released a lot of books for free today in the Kindle format.

When I say “a lot,” I mean over 100, maybe more: the script I run to notify me of free books had to be reset a few times.

Rather than an individual post for each, here are some of the offering listed by genre (as near as I could tell) with the title, author’s name, and a link for you to go check them out and see if they are for you.  As always, I do not know how long these will be offered for free so if you are interested in them please grab them now!

Advice and How-To

In the Company of Strangers by Jim Haffner – click here or type in http://amzn.to/lLriyl into your computer’s web browser.

The Power of PAO: How to Go from Victim of Circumstance to Master of Your Destiny by Joe Champion – click here or type in http://amzn.to/lRXDBg

Business

The Ultimate Investment, Achieving Life’s Highest Returns, an Allegory by H. Bradley Stucki – click here or type in http://amzn.to/k2hDji

All Employees are Marketers by Richard Parkes Cordock – click here or type in http://amzn.to/ig5mDC

Children’s Books

Henry Burp – Mind Your Manners by Mike Winn – click here or type in http://amzn.to/jpWcfu

The Blurting Beetles of Baloogo Loogo by Mathew Ferguson – click here or type in http://amzn.to/kQFS7n

The Mouse and the Christmas Cake click here or type in http://amzn.to/kGUtai

Fantasy

Peregrin by A. Sparrow – click here or type in http://amzn.to/lQJ4RZ

Xenolith by A. Sparrow – click here or type in http://amzn.to/mACptj

The Ancient Lands: Warrior Quest, Search for the Ifa Scepter by Jason McCammon – click here or type in http://amzn.to/itjZ3g

Heku by T.M. Nielsen – click here or type in http://amzn.to/kgLTpl

The Smoke Dragon by Shane Jiraiya Cummings – click here or type in http://amzn.to/m1dQZK

General Fiction (aka, Who Knows?)

The Graduate by Charles Webb – click here or type in http://amzn.to/it7SqM

Stealing Flowers by Edward St. Amant – click here or type in http://amzn.to/lB0ww0

Historical Fiction

Miss Anna’s Frigate by Jens Kuhn – click here or type in http://amzn.to/m3qowZ

There Must Be Murder by Margaret C. Sullivan and Cassandra Chouinard – click here or type in http://amzn.to/mtP799

Horror

The Allnighter by Stuart Connelly – click here or type in http://amzn.to/kAg1gr

Apocrypha Sequence: Deviance by Shane Jiraiya Cummings – click here or type in http://amzn.to/ikrf2m

A Guiding Light by Gerard A. Whitfield – click here or type in http://amzn.to/jJ4ede

Parallel II – The Gift by Paul A. Rice – click here or type in http://amzn.to/jEwjVJ

I Witch: The Powers of the Blood and the Heart by Erin Munday – click here or type in http://amzn.to/igio7l

Humor

101 Tips for Traveling with a Vampire by Joleene Naylor – click here or type in http://amzn.to/igJn3w

Comedy: Memoirs of a Bar Steward by Scott Evans – click here or type in http://amzn.to/kuRNYW

The Life and Death of Bayou Billy by C.L. Bevill – click here or type in http://amzn.to/iJnHeS

Mystery

Synsunder by Ami Braverman – click here or type in http://amzn.to/iGp6tD

Soul View by Jeff Inlo – click here or type in http://amzn.to/kEx6my

Concrete Underground by Moxie Mezcal – click here or type in http://amzn.to/janK5z

Poetry

The Tits Quadrilogy by German Alcala – click here or type in http://amzn.to/kjV8aN

Religion

The Book of Talismans, Amulets, and Zodiacal Gems by William Thomas and Kate Pavitt – click here or type in http://amzn.to/jP0UTu

The Awakening of Humanity by Benjamin Crème – click here or type in http://amzn.to/khOZQ4

The World Teacher for All Humanity by Benjamin Crème – click here or type in http://amzn.to/lnXwxp

Be Vigilant: Daily Meditations for Advent by Michael Dubruiel and Amy Welborn – click here or type in http://amzn.to/iYGbb0

Science

The Circumcision Decision by  Dr. Darryl Ableman – click here or type in http://amzn.to/jWFcmP

Science Fiction

Astra: Synchronicityby Lisa Eskra – click here or type in http://amzn.to/j6Mfyq

The Fourth World by Laurence Moroney – click here or type in http://amzn.to/mtaFNn

The Thorn by Daron Fraley – click here or type in http://amzn.to/jWEasF

Bob Moore: No Hero by Tom Andry – click here or type in http://amzn.to/iF5LEe

Sports

Advantage Disadvantage by Yale R. Jaffe – click here or type in http://amzn.to/iyFgwM

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The Root of Thought Free from Amazon Kindle Store

The Root of Thought: Unlocking Glia-the Brain Cell that Will Help Us Sharpen Our Wits, Heal Injury, and Treat Brain Disease by Andrew Koob is free today from the Amazon Kindle store, and has received an average user rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars based on 11 customer reviews.  You can pick up your free copy by clicking here or typing in http://amzn.to/kWarMf into your computer’s web browser.

Here is the book’s description from the Amazon website:

Discover the Other 90% of Your Brain

  • Learn about brain science breakthroughs that might hold the key to intelligence, creativity, and imagination.
  • Discover amazing cells that keep your brain growing, adapting, and healing.
  • Preview possible breakthroughs for brain cancer, brain trauma, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and even schizophrenia.

If you know anything about brains, you’ve heard of neurons. Those are the cells that have long been seen as central to virtually everything your brain thinks, feels, and does. But neurons represent only 10% of your brain cells.

What does the other 90% do?

Until recently, scientists didn’t have a clue. Now, they’re discovering the real function of those long-neglected glial cells—and the story is nothing short of amazing.

In The Root of Thought, brain scientist Andrew Koob reveals that story. You’ll learn what glial cells are, how they function, and how they might help explain everything from intelligence and creativity to imagination and dreams. Then, Koob reveals the tantalizing clues about glial cells that could eventually lead to cures for brain injury, psychiatric disorders, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Lou Gehrig’s disease, and even brain cancer.

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Shrimp Free Today from Amazon Kindle Store

Shrimp: The Endless Quest for Pink Gold by Jack and Anne Rudloe is free today from the Amazon Kindle store, and has received an average user rating of 4 out of 5 stars based on 46 customer reviews.  You can pick up your free copy by clicking here or typing in http://amzn.to/mywr7I into your computer’s web browsers.

Here is the book’s description from the Amazon website:

The Most Fascinating Food You’ll Ever Love

The story of shrimp is as delicious as the creatures themselves. Renowned nature writers Jack and Anne Rudloe tell that story with passion, revealing a hidden history that has spanned millennia. You’ll discover the human stories and heritage behind centuries of shrimping around the world…meet the most remarkable of the world’s 4,000 species of shrimp…come aboard ragged old shrimp boats and spy on high-tech shrimp tanks…discover why shrimp might be a restaurant’s best friend and a real estate speculator’s worst nightmare. Read this utterly fascinating book, and you’ll never feel the same way about shrimp again: You’ll love it even more.

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Allies and Enemies Free from Amazon Kindle Store

Allies and Enemies: How the World depends on Bacteria by Anne Maczulak is free today from the Amazon Kindle store – it was free for a short time in November 2010 – and has received an average user rating of 4 out of 5 stars based on 42 customer reviews.  You can pick up your free copy by clicking here or typing in http://amzn.to/h2t2gh into your computer’s web browser.

Here is the book’s description from the Amazon website:

Bacteria: How they keep you alive. How they can kill you. How we can all live together happily.

Bacteria are invisible, mysterious, deadly, self-sufficient…and absolutely essential for all life, including yours. No other living things combine their elegant simplicity with their incredibly complex role: Bacteria keep us alive, supply our food, and regulate our biosphere. We can’t live a day without them, and no chemical, antibiotic, or irradiation has ever successfully eradicated them. They’re our partners, like it or not–even though some of them will happily kill us.

Allies and Enemies tells the story of this amazing, intimate partnership. Authored by Anne Maczulak, a microbiologist who’s hunted and worked with an extraordinary array of bacteria, this book offers a powerful new perspective on Earth’s oldest creatures. You’ll discover how bacteria work, how they evolve, their surprising contributions and uses, the roles they’ve played in human history, and why you can’t survive without them. No form of life is more important, and in Maczulak’s hands, none is more fascinating.

Outlasted, outnumbered, outsmarted

They’ve been here four billion years—and they even outnumber you in your own body

How bacteria keep you alive…

…and how to keep them from killing you

“Humans Defeat Germs!”

But not for long…

The Invisible Universe

The stunning hidden relationships between bacteria and the rest of nature

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Mobile DNA Free Today from Amazon Kindle Store

Mobile DNA: Finding Treasure in Junk by Haig H. Kazazian is free today from the Amazon Kindle store, and has received an average user rating of 4 out of 5 stars based on five customer reviews.  You can pick up your free copy by clicking here or typing in http://amzn.to/gk4McV into your computer’s web browser.

Here is the book’s description from the Amazon website:

Haig Kazazian reviews our current scientific understanding of mobile DNA and its role in the evolution and function of genomes and organisms, offering an in-depth portrait of the developing perspectives and research strategies pursued by the workers in his own laboratory. He presents an engaging history of the field, showing how advances have presented unexpected new questions, and how new tools and techniques have promoted further progress. Coverage includes: multiple types of mobile DNA; retrotransposition and other key concepts; important mobile DNA research advances in the human genome, mammals, and plants; mobile DNA’s role in increasing genome plasticity and diversity; and the roles of leading scientists in moving mobile DNA research forward. Kazazian concludes with informed reflections on the possible biological roles of mobile DNA, and his own current best guesses about how a number of the leading questions currently under active investigation will likely be answered.

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