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Reviews and Debates at the New York Review of Books

Feb 8, 2001 Clifford Geertz: Life Among the Anthros
Darkness in El Dorado: How Scientists and Journalists Devastated the Amazon by Patrick Tierney
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Mar 9, 2000 Jerome Bruner: Tot Thought
The Scientist in the Crib: Minds, Brains, and How Children Learn by Alison Gopnik, Andrew N. Meltzoff, and Patricia K. Kuhl
The Myth of the First Three Years: A New Understanding of Early Brain Development and Lifelong Learning by John T. Bruer

Oct 7, 1999 Fiona MacCarthy: Skin Deep
Making the Body Beautiful: A Cultural History of Aesthetic Surgery by Sander L. Gilman
Survival of the Prettiest: The Science of Beauty by Nancy Etcoff

Jun 24, 1999 Helen Epstein: The Fly in the DNA
Time, Love, Memory: A Great Biologist and His Quest for the Origins of Behavior by Jonathan Weiner

Jun 10, 1999 Colin McGinn: Can We Ever Understand Consciousness?
Mind, Language, and Society: Philosophy in the Real World by John R. Searle
On the Contrary: Critical Essays, 1987-1997 by Paul M. Churchland and Patricia S. Churchland

May 6, 1999 Alison Gopnik: Small Wonders
The Disciplined Mind: What All Students Should Understand by Howard Gardner

Apr 8, 1999 John R. Searle: I Married a Computer
The Age of Spiritual Machines: When Computers Exceed Human Intelligence by Ray Kurzweil

Nov 19, 1998 Daniel J. Kevles: Darwin in Dayton
Summer for the Gods: The Scopes Trial and America’s Continuing Debate over Science and Religion by Edward J. Larson

Nov 19, 1998 Bernard Williams: The End of Explanation?
The Last Word by Thomas Nagel

Buffon Nov 5, 1998 Howard Gardner: Do Parents Count?
The Nurture Assumption: Why Children Turn Out the Way They Do by Judith Rich Harris and with a foreword by Steven Pinker

Oct 22, 1998 Stephen Jay Gould: The Man Who Invented Natural History
Buffon by Jacques Roger and translated by Sarah Lucille Bonnefoi

Oct 22, 1998 R.C. Lewontin: Survival of the Nicest?
Unto Others: The Evolution and Psychology of Unselfish Behavior by Elliott Sober and David Sloan Wilson

Jul 16, 1998 Helen Epstein: Life & Death on the Social Ladder
BOOKS DISCUSSED IN THIS ARTICLE
Unto OthersUnhealthy Societies: The Afflictions of Inequality by Richard G. Wilkinson
Healthy Work: Stress, Productivity, and the Reconstruction of Working Life by Robert Karasek and Töres Theorell
Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers: A Guide to Stress, Stress-Related Diseases, and Coping by Robert M. Sapolsky
The Power of Clan: The Influence of Human Relationships on Heart Disease by Stewart Wolf and John G. Bruhn

Jul 16, 1998 Diane Johnson: My Blue Heaven
BOOKS DISCUSSED IN THIS ARTICLE
Raising Baby by the Book: The Education of American Mothers by Julia Grant
Dr. Spock: An American Life by Thomas Maier
Born That WayBaby and Child Care Seventh edition, Benjamin Spock, and Steven Parker
Maybe One: A Personal and Environmental Argument for Single-Child Families by Bill McKibben
Family Man by Calvin Trillin
Born That Way: Genes, Behavior, Personality by William Wright
The War Against Parents: What We Can Do for America's Beleaguered Moms and Dads by Sylvia Ann Hewlett and Cornel West
Our Babies, Ourselves: How Biology and Culture Shape the Way We Parent by Meredith F. Small

May 28, 1998 Steven Mithen: 'The Prehistory of the Mind': An Exchange

Apr 23, 1998 Steve Jones: In the Genetic Toyshop
The Biotech CenturyClone: The Road to Dolly and the Path Ahead by Gina Kolata
The Biotech Century: Harnessing the Gene and remaking the World by Jeremy Rifkin
Consilience: The Unity of Knowledge by Edward O. Wilson

Apr 9, 1998 Frank J. Sulloway: Darwinian Virtues
The Origins of Virtue: Human Instincts and the Evolution of Cooperation by Matt Ridley

Nov 6, 1997 Steve Jones: The Set Within the Skull
How the Mind Works by Steven Pinker

Oct 23, 1997 R.C. Lewontin: The Confusion over Cloning
Cloning Human Beings: Report and Recommendations of the National Bioethics Advisory Commission by # Rockland, Maryland, June 1997

Oct 9, 1997 Howard Gardner: Thinking About Thinking
The Origins of VirtueThe Prehistory of the Mind: The Cognitive Origins of Art, Religion and Science by Steven Mithen

Oct 9, 1997 Steven Pinker: Evolutionary Psychology: An Exchange

Aug 14, 1997 Daniel C. Dennett: 'Darwinian Fundamentalism': An Exchange

Jul 17, 1997 Steve Jones: Go Milk a Fruit Bat!
Why Is Sex Fun? The Evolution of Human Sexuality by Jared Diamond

Jun 26, 1997 Jared Diamond: 'GUNS, GERMS, AND STEEL'

The Prehistory of the MindJun 26, 1997 Stephen Jay Gould: Evolution: The Pleasures of Pluralism

Jun 12, 1997 Stephen Jay Gould: Darwinian Fundamentalism

Feb 6, 1997 Steve Jones: Crooked Bones
Unraveling Piltdown: The Science Fraud of the Century and Its Solution by John Evangelist Walsh

Jan 9, 1997 Richard Lewontin: Billions and Billions of Demons
The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark by Carl Sagan

Nov 14, 1996 Jared Diamond: The Roots of Radicalism
Born to RebelBorn to Rebel: Birth Order, Family Dynamics, and Creative Lives by Frank J. Sulloway

May 23, 1996 Richard Lewontin: In the Blood

Apr 4, 1996 Stephen Jay Gould: Why Darwin?
Charles Darwin: Voyaging by Janet Browne

Feb 29, 1996 R.C. Lewontin: The Last of the Nasties?
The Lost World by Michael Crichton

Feb 1, 1996 Noam Chomsky: LANGUAGE AND EVOLUTION

Nov 30, 1995 John Maynard Smith: Genes, Memes, & Minds
Darwin's Dangerous IdeaDarwin's Dangerous Idea: Evolution and the Meanings of Life by Daniel C. Dennett

Jul 13, 1995 Richard Horton: Is Homosexuality Inherited?
The Sexual Brain by Simon LeVay
The Science of Desire: The Search for the Gay Gene and the Biology of Behavior by Dean Hamer and Peter Copeland

Mar 2, 1995 John Maynard Smith: Life at the Edge of Chaos?
Darwinism Evolving by David J. Depew and Bruce H. Weber

Jan 12, 1995 Jared Diamond: Portrait of the Biologist as a Young Man
Naturalist by Edward O. Wilson

Nov 16, 1995 John R. Searle: The Mystery of Consciousness: Part II
Nov 2, 1995 John R. Searle: The Mystery of Consciousness
BOOKS DISCUSSED IN THIS ARTICLE
The Astonishing Hypothesis: The Scientific Search for the Soul by Francis Crick
Consciousness Explained by Daniel C. Dennett
The Remembered Present: A Biological Theory of Consciousness by Gerald Edelman
Bright Air, Brilliant Fire: On the Matter of the Mind by Gerald Edelman
Shadows of the Mind: A Search for the Missing Science of Consciousness by Roger Penrose
The Strange, Familiar, and Forgotten: An Anatomy of Consciousness by Israel Rosenfield

Apr 7, 1994 R.C. Lewontin: Women Versus the Biologists
Exploding the Gene Myth: How Genetic Information is Produced and Manipulated by Scientists, Physicians, Employers, Insurance Companies, Educators, and Law Enforcers by Ruth Hubbard and Elijah Wald
Biological Woman—The Convenient Myth edited by Ruth Hubbard, Mary Sue Henifin, and Barbara Fried
Women’s Nature: Rationalizations of Inequality by Marian Lowe and Ruth Hubbard
Genes and Gender: II, Pitfalls in Research on Sexual Gender edited by Ruth Hubbard and Marian Lowe
The Politics of Women’s Biology by Ruth Hubbard
The Shape of Red: Insider/Outsider Reflections by Ruth Hubbard and Margaret Randall

Jul 14, 1994 Sarah Blaffer Hrdy: Women Versus the Biologists: An Exchange

Oct 20, 1994 Stephen Jay Gould: So Near and Yet So Far
The Neanderthals: Changing the Image of Mankind by Erik Trinkaus and Pat Shipman
In Search of the Neanderthals: Solving the Puzzle of Human Origins by Christopher Stringer and Clive Gamble

Nov 17, 1994 Alan Ryan: Apocalypse Now?
The Bell CurveThe Bell Curve: Intelligence and Class Structure in American Life by Richard J. Herrnstein and Charles Murray

Jan 14, 1993 Professor J. Maynard Smith; Daniel C. Dennett: ‘Confusion Over Evolution’: An Exchange

Mar 4, 1993 Thomas Nagel: The Mind Wins!
The Rediscovery of the Mind by John Searle

Apr 8, 1993 Oliver Sacks: Making up the Mind
Bright Air, Brilliant Fire: On the Matter of the Mind by Gerald M. Edelman

Mar 26, 1992 Oliver Sacks: The Last Hippie
WORKS REFERRED TO IN THIS ARTICLE
The Remembered Present: A Biological Theory of Consciousness by Gerald M. Edelman
‘Human Autonomy and the Frontal Lobes’ by F. Lhermitte, B. Pillon, and M. Serdaru
Human Brain and Psychological Processes by A. R. Luria
The Neuropsychology of Memory by A. R. Luria
Long-lasting Perceptual Priming and Semantic Learning in Amnesia: A Case Experiment by Endel Tulving, C.A. Gordon Hayman, and Carol A. Macdonald
Drumming at the Edge of Magic: A Journey into the Spirit of Percussion by Mickey Hart
‘The Medial Temporal Lobe Memory System’ by Larry Squire and Stuart Zola-Morgan
Sound and Symbol: Volume I, Music and the External World Volume II, The Musician by Victor Zuckerkandl
The Strange, Familiar, and Forgotten: An Anatomy of Consciousness by Israel Rosenfield
‘Three Possible Mechanisms of Unawareness of Deficit’ by Elkhonon Goldberg, William B. Barr, in Awareness of Deficit After Brain Injury: Clinical and Theoretical Issues, edited by George P. Prigatano, and Daniel L. Schachter
On Dreaming and Wakefulness’ by R.R. Llinás and D. Paré

May 14, 1992 John Maynard Smith: Taking a Chance on Evolution
Wonderful Life: The Burgess Shale and the Nature of History by Stephen Jay Gould
Bully for Brontosaurus: Reflections in Natural History by Stephen Jay Gould
Toward a New Philosophy of Biology: Observations of an Evolutionist by Ernst Mayr

May 28, 1992 R.C. Lewontin: The Dream of the Human Genome
BOOKS REVIEWED IN THIS ESSAY
The Code of Codes: Scientific and Social Issues in the Human Genome Project edited by Daniel J. Kevles and Leroy Hood
Mapping the Code: The Human Genome Project and the Choices of Modern Science by Joel Davis
Mapping Our Genes: The Genome Project and the Future of Medicine by Lois Wingerson
Genethics: The Ethics of Engineering Life by David Suzuki and Peter Knudtson
Mapping and Sequencing the Human Genome Committee on Mapping and Sequencing the Human Genome
Genome: The Story of the Most Astonishing Scientific Adventure of Our Time—The Attempt to Map All the Genes in the Human Body by Jerry E. Bishop and Michael Waldholz
Exons, Introns, and Talking Genes: The Science Behind the Human Genome Project by Christopher Wills
Dangerous Diagnostics: The Social Power of Biological Information by Dorothy Nelkin and Laurence Tancredi
DNA Technology in Forensic Science Committee on DNA Technology in Forensic Science

Nov 19, 1992 Stephen Jay Gould: The Confusion over Evolution
The Ant and the Peacock: Altruism and Sexual Selection from Darwin to Today by Helena Cronin
The Miner’s Canary by Niles Eldredge
On Methuselah’s Trail: Living Fossils and the Great Extinctions by Peter Douglas Ward

Oct 10, 1991 Frank J. Sulloway: Darwinian Psychobiography
Charles Darwin: A New Life by John Bowlby

Mar 15, 1990 John Maynard Smith: What Can’t the Computer Do?
The Emperor’s New Mind: Concerning Computers, Minds, and the Laws of Physics by Roger Penrose

May 31, 1990 R.C. Lewontin: ARE WE ROBOTS?

Jun 14, 1990 John R. Searle: ‘The Emperor’s New Mind’: An Exchange

Jun 14, 1990 R.C. Lewontin: Fallen Angels
Wonderful Life: The Burgess Shale and the Nature of History by Stephen Jay Gould

Sep 27, 1990 John Maynard Smith: Triumphs of Colonialism
The Ants by Bert Hölldobler and Edward O. Wilson

Nov 22, 1990 Oliver Sacks: Neurology and the Soul
WORKS DISCUSSED IN THIS ARTICLE
Remembering: A Study in Experimental and Social Psychology by Frederick C. Bartlett
Neural Darwinism: The Theory of Neuronal Group Selection by Gerald M. Edelman
The Remembered Present: A Biological Theory of Consciousness by Gerald M. Edelman
The Mystery of the Mind by Wilder Penfield
The Invention of Memory: A New View of the Brain by Israel Rosenfield and introduction by Oliver Sacks
La Conscience: Une Biologie du Moi by Israel Rosenfield
‘A Critique of Artificial Intelligence’ by Israel Rosenfield, in The Enchanted Loom, and edited by Pietro Corsi
Man on his Nature by Sir Charles Sherrington
The Integrative Action of the Nervous System by Sir Charles Sherrington
Migraine by Oliver Sacks
Awakenings revised edition, by Oliver Sacks
A Leg to Stand On by Oliver Sacks
The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Other Clinical Tales by Oliver Sacks
Seeing Voices by Oliver Sacks

Dec 6, 1990 R.C. Lewontin: ‘DARWIN AND MARX’

Dec 6, 1990 Oliver Sacks: NEUROLOGY AND THE SOUL

Dec 6, 1984 Stephen Toulmin: The Evolution of Margaret Mead
Margaret Mead: A Life by Jane Howard
With a Daughter's Eye: A Memoir of Margaret Mead and Gregory Bateson by Mary Catherine Bateson

Mar 29, 1984 Stephen Jay Gould: Triumph of a Naturalist
A Feeling for the Organism: The Life and Work of Barbara McClintock by Evelyn Fox Keller

Jan 20, 1983 R.C. Lewontin: The Corpse in the Elevator
Darwinism EvolvingAgainst Biological Determinism Dialectics of Biology Group and edited by Steven Rose
Towards a Liberatory Biology Dialectics of Biology Group and edited by Steven Rose

Apr 15, 1982 Stephen Jay Gould: Will Man Become Obsolete?
The Enchanted Loom: Mind in the Universe by Robert Jastrow

Feb 1963 John Maddocks: Anglo-Saxon Attitudes
The Origin of Races by Carleton S. Coon

 


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