“What a strange machine man is!
You fill him with bread, wine, fish, and radishes,
and out comes sighs, laughter, and dreams.”
Offered below are links to books, videos, and websites that present accessible accounts of our current science-based understandings of the human and human culture.
If you have suggestions of additional materials, please contact us at: RNAcomments@gmail.com.
Catching Fire: How Cooking Made Us Human
Neanderthal Man: In Search of Lost Genomes
Lone Survivors: How We Came to Be the Only Humans on Earth
A Natural History of Human Thinking
The Myth of Mirror Neurons: The Real Neuroscience of Communication and Cognition
In Search of Memory: The Emergence of a New Science of Mind
The Symbolic Species: The Co-evolution of Language and the Brain
Good Natured: The Origins of Right and Wrong in Humans and Other Animals
The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion
The Neuroscience of Religious Experience
Amythia: Crisis in the Natural History of Western Culture
Braintrust: What Neuroscience Tells Us About Morality
Primates and Philosophers: How Morality Evolved
Self Comes to Mind: Constructing the Conscious Brain
The Better Angels of our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined
The Moral Animal: Why We Are, the Way We Are: The New Science of Evolutionary Psychology
Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies
Consciousness and the Brain: Deciphering How the Brain Codes Our Thoughts
Images: Smithsonian Institution