New Books Network

Daniel Goleman and Richard Davidson, “Altered Traits: Science Reveals How Meditation Changes Your Mind, Brain, and Body” (Avery, 2017)
Emotional Intelligence involves self awareness, self control, relationship management and social awareness. Being emotionally intelligent can make you a better leader, parent, friend and partner. In this episode, interview, cross-posted from the podcast Psychologists Off The Clock, Dr. Diana Hill interviews Dr. Goleman, a pioneer in the field of positive psychology, about... Read More
Jonathan Birch, “The Philosophy of Social Evolution” (Oxford UP, 2017)
It seems to go against evolutionary theory for an individual to give up its own chances at reproducing in order to increase the fitness of others. Yet social behavior is found throughout nature, from bacteria and social insects to wolves, whales, and of course humans. What makes self-sacrifice to any... Read More
Peter Hotez, “Vaccines Did Not Cause Rachel’s Autism: My Journey as a Vaccine Scientist, Pediatrician, and Autism Dad” (Johns Hopkins UP, 2018)
Dr. Peter Hotez is a pediatrician-scientist who develops vaccines for neglected tropical diseases affecting the world’s poor. He is also the father of a daughter who was diagnosed with autism. The alleged link between vaccines and autism has long been disproven, but it is still a belief held onto by... Read More
Elliott Sober, “The Design Argument” (Cambridge UP, 2018)
The story goes: you are walking in the woods and see a wrist-watch on the ground; you don’t know how it got there or why it has come to be abandoned here, but you can surmise that someone somewhere designed and made it due to its complexity. This is the... Read More
Benoît Majerus, “From the Middle Ages to Today: Experiences and Representations of Madness in Paris” (Parigramme, 2018)
With Paris as the organizing locus of his new book, Du moyen âge à nos jours, expériences et représentations de la folie à Paris [From the Middle Ages to Today, Experiences and Representations of Madness in Paris], Benoît Majerus uses an impressively wide range of visual sources, from religious images and... Read More