A twenty-first-century philosophical argument against mechanistic views of human life outlines expansive and advanced theories on human behavior to consider how humans are supremely different from all other species.
A developmental psychologist shares scientific insights and examples from real life to explain the importance of face-to-face social interactions in relationships, arguing that in-person human contact promotes health and happiness.
The creator of the WNYC podcast The Sporkful and host of the Cooking Channel web series You're Eating It Wrong presents a photo-augmented collection of humorous—and scientific—essays on cooking, eating and loving food with all one's heart.
Pandemonium Aviaries, the home and bird sanctuary that Michele Raffin shares with some of the world's most remarkable birds, is a conservation organization dedicated to saving and breeding birds at the edge of extinction, with the goal of eventually releasing them into the wild. In The Birds of Pandemonium, she lets us into her world — and theirs. Birds fall in love, mourn, rejoice, and sacrifice; they have a sense of humor, invent, plot, and cope. They can teach us volumes about the interrelationships of humans and animals. Their stories make up the heart of this book.
The best-selling author of Unlikely Friendships presents 37 heartwarming stories of animals who went above and beyond, including a pod of dolphins who protected swimmers from a great white shark and a dog with prosthetic paws. Original.
Documents the pivotal contributions of a feminist birth-control campaigner, a wealthy schizophrenic's wife, a disgraced Harvard scientist, and a boundary-breaking Catholic doctor in the development of the birth-control pill.
A revelatory history of the people who created the computer and the internet discusses the process through which innovation happens in the modern world, citing the pivotal contributions of such figures as programming pioneer Ada Lovelace.
Traces the story of how Army Major General Mark Graham and his wife Carol have channeled grief into advocacy on behalf of victims of mental illness in the aftermath of losing one of their sons in a roadside bombing and the other to suicide.
A leading expert on adolescence cites new research and describes how to raise happy, successful kids by helping parents navigate this challenging, but developmentally crucial, time through strategies that instill self-control during the teenage years.
A portrait of the brilliant and eccentric medical innovator who revolutionized American surgery and founded the country's famous medical oddities museum describes his advocacy for clean and compassionate patient care in spite of his numerous detractors. By the award-winning author of Words in Your Face. 40,000 first printing.
Author Nicholas Carr examines, from a human perspective, the psychological and neurological impact of spending so much time at work and at play with computers and technology and discusses the effect it has on happiness and satisfaction.