The Gendered Brain: The New Neuroscience that Shatters the Myth of the Female Brain [Audiobook]
24 June 2019, 12:49
2019 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 12h 55m | 352.23MB
Gendered brains: a sexist myth or a fact of life?
Reading maps or reading emotions? Barbie or Lego? We live in a gendered world where we are bombarded with messages about sex and gender. On a daily basis we face deeply ingrained beliefs that your sex determines your skills and preferences, from toys and colours to career choice and salaries. But what does this constant gendering mean for our thoughts, decisions and behaviour? And what does it mean for our brains?
Drawing on her life's work as a Professor of Cognitive Neuroimaging, Gina Rippon unpacks the stereotypes that bombard us from our earliest moments and shows how these messages mould our ideas of ourselves and even shape our brains. Taking us back through centuries of sexism, The Gendered Brain reveals how science has been misinterpreted or misused to ask the wrong questions. Instead of challenging the status quo, we are still working back from outdated stereotypes and assumptions. However, by exploring new, cutting-edge neuroscience, Rippon urges us to move beyond a binary view of our brains and instead to see these complex organs as highly individualised, profoundly adaptable and full of unbounded potential.
Rigorous, timely and liberating, The Gendered Brain has huge repercussions for women and men, for parents and children and for how we identify ourselves.
This is not feminist science - it's just science.
The Nocturnal Brain: Tales of Nightmares and Neuroscience [Audiobook]
24 May 2019, 03:10
2019 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 9h 53m | 271.91/2.34MB
What happens to our brain at night?
Are we really fully asleep? And if so, how is it that some individuals end up doing what they do?
Or can it be the case that perhaps the brain never fully goes to sleep and that in some individuals there is a disconnect between the sleeping part of their brain and the active part of their brain so that the two become confused?
Does this happen to all of us in varying degrees, and can the reverse be the case, too - so that some individuals are actually asleep during the day while appearing to be awake?!
In this groundbreaking audiobook, Dr Guy Leschziner takes us on a fascinating journey through the nocturnal brain to illustrate the neuroscience behind nightmares, night terrors and sleepwalking.
The Creativity Code: How AI Is Learning to Write, Paint and Think [Audiobook]
22 May 2019, 15:33
2019 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 9h 54m | 270.06/2.22MB
As a species, we have an extraordinary ability to create works of art that elevate, expand and transform what it means to be human. The novels of Henry James can communicate the inner world of one human being to another. The music of Wagner or Schubert takes us on an emotional roller-coaster ride as we give ourselves up to their sublime sounds.
These are the expressions of what Marcus du Sautoy calls 'the creativity code'. Yet some believe that the new developments in AI and machine learning are so sophisticated that they can learn what it means to be human - that they can crack the code.
- Technology has always allowed us to extend our understanding of being human. But will the new tools of AI allow to us to create in different ways?
- Could recent developments in AI and machine learning also mean that it is no longer just human beings who can create art?
- And creativity, like consciousness, is one of those words that is hard to pin down: what is it that we are challenging these machines to do?
In The Creativity Code, Marcus du Sautoy examines what these new developments might mean, for both the creative arts and his own subject: mathematics. From the Turing test to AlphaGo, are there limits to what algorithms can achieve, or might they be able to perfectly mimic human creativity? And what's more, could they help Marcus to see more deeply into the complex mathematical problems with which he so often wrestles?