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The Left Brain Speaks, the Right Brain Laughs: A Look at the Neuroscience of Innovation Creativity in Art, Science Life

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In The Left Brain Speaks, but the Right Brain Laughs, physicist Ransom Stephens explains the interesting and often amusing tale of how the human brain works. Using understandable metaphors and easy to follow language, Stephens gives readers of any scientific level an introduction to neuroscience and shows them how things like creativity, skill, and even perception of self In The Left Brain Speaks, but the Right Brain Laughs, physicist Ransom Stephens explains the interesting and often amusing tale of how the human brain works. Using understandable metaphors and easy to follow language, Stephens gives readers of any scientific level an introduction to neuroscience and shows them how things like creativity, skill, and even perception of self can grow and change by utilizing the body's most important muscle. Fans of Bill Nye and Neil deGrasse Tyson will love Stephens' down to earth attitude and those interested in science will appreciate his thoughtful explanations of scientific terms. The Left Brain Speaks, but the Right Brain Laughs is the perfect gift for anyone who wants to know what's going on inside their head and how they can use that knowledge to make themselves the best humans they can be.


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In The Left Brain Speaks, but the Right Brain Laughs, physicist Ransom Stephens explains the interesting and often amusing tale of how the human brain works. Using understandable metaphors and easy to follow language, Stephens gives readers of any scientific level an introduction to neuroscience and shows them how things like creativity, skill, and even perception of self In The Left Brain Speaks, but the Right Brain Laughs, physicist Ransom Stephens explains the interesting and often amusing tale of how the human brain works. Using understandable metaphors and easy to follow language, Stephens gives readers of any scientific level an introduction to neuroscience and shows them how things like creativity, skill, and even perception of self can grow and change by utilizing the body's most important muscle. Fans of Bill Nye and Neil deGrasse Tyson will love Stephens' down to earth attitude and those interested in science will appreciate his thoughtful explanations of scientific terms. The Left Brain Speaks, but the Right Brain Laughs is the perfect gift for anyone who wants to know what's going on inside their head and how they can use that knowledge to make themselves the best humans they can be.

30 review for The Left Brain Speaks, the Right Brain Laughs: A Look at the Neuroscience of Innovation Creativity in Art, Science Life

  1. 5 out of 5

    Lori

    In an attempt to be down to earth, the author was too scattered & worried about being funny & cool. Should have stuck with a little more actual information.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Todd Glaeser

    A conversational tone by the author kept this audiobook from being too technical and kept me listening. I found it interesting to think about how we think. And his use of Elvis Costello's "Veronica" to explain how music processes was touching. A conversational tone by the author kept this audiobook from being too technical and kept me listening. I found it interesting to think about how we think. And his use of Elvis Costello's "Veronica" to explain how music processes was touching.

  3. 5 out of 5

    JoAnn Ainsworth

    A well written, humorous, and upbeat study of the neuroscience of innovation and creativity.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Gabrielle

    For a book about neuroscience, it definitely has a bubbly, almost funny tone... but there really was very little about the mechanics about neuroscience which is what I think many of us as readers were hoping for. The author was kind of all over the place with his topics of choice and his analogies, I think, made him forget to actually move onto the real mechanisms and anatomical structures of the nervous system. I was very ready to move on from the frog, the dog, and the Feynman after a chapter For a book about neuroscience, it definitely has a bubbly, almost funny tone... but there really was very little about the mechanics about neuroscience which is what I think many of us as readers were hoping for. The author was kind of all over the place with his topics of choice and his analogies, I think, made him forget to actually move onto the real mechanisms and anatomical structures of the nervous system. I was very ready to move on from the frog, the dog, and the Feynman after a chapter or two.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Osiris

    I'm not a science book reader, but this has been an enlightening, refreshing look at the science of the brain. My takeaway is: "We are a picture, within a picture, studying a picture that's out of focus" I'm not a science book reader, but this has been an enlightening, refreshing look at the science of the brain. My takeaway is: "We are a picture, within a picture, studying a picture that's out of focus"

  6. 5 out of 5

    Ali Mae

    Meh. I’d probably like it a lot more if this was my first delve into this type of book. Does a great job covering some neuroscience in layman terms. Light and playful, sometimes irreverent. I liked how he broke the reptile and mammal brain into “puppy” and “frog.” That was a nice point.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Sheryl Wolford

    An easy to understand and sometimes funny way to look at your brain and its workings.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Tamler

    Good read on neuroscience.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly

    I stopped reading in the second chapter and gave up on this way too technical (and thus boring) book.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kami

    Not well written, not very usable information.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Brown

  12. 5 out of 5

    Babak

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    Mona Mistric

  15. 5 out of 5

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    Kristen

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    Marce

  18. 5 out of 5

    Patricia Foskie

  19. 4 out of 5

    Ray

  20. 4 out of 5

    Cat 🐈

  21. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Clay

  22. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

  23. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie Tito

  24. 5 out of 5

    Barbara Caballero

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    Jason F Milner

  26. 4 out of 5

    Hayley Thomas

  27. 5 out of 5

    tanvi

  28. 5 out of 5

    Mark

  29. 5 out of 5

    Ruth Eng

  30. 4 out of 5

    Michael Kearney

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