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Me, Myself, and Why: Searching for the Science of Self (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 28. Januar 2014

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Praise for Me, Myself, and Why

“Ouellette is a smart, well-studied, and personable companion. . . . There are a number of approaches to defining a person, and this task has engaged philosophers, theologians, scientists, and pretty much everyone who has ever lived, at least since mirrors were invented. Ouellette looks at all of the methods listed above, and more, in trying to figure out who she is and what tools are at hand for figuring out who anyone is.”
—The Wall Street Journal

“In Me, Myself, and Why Ouellette offers curiosity-inspiring glimpses into science , coupled with an obvious love for the material and a healthy dose of humor. . . . The combination of historical anecdote and current research is impressive.”
—The New York Times Book Review

“Ouellette explores the concept of identity through scientific, medical, and psychological testing on her journey of self-discovery. She is an expert at communicating tough scientific concepts to broad audiences, and here she uses personal narrative to appeal to her readers as she skillfully recounts her experiences.”
—Psychology Today

“Very entertaining . . . It is hard to imagine a more delightful guide to the science of self than Jennifer Ouellette.”
—Jim Holt, Prospect

“Tackling ‘the science of self’ could easily get tedious or even a little boring, but in the capable hands of Jennifer Ouellette, it’s nothing but fun. . . .  Her ability to make rather advanced theories interesting and relatable makes this a must read for those who have a passion for science but would rather be reading Joan Didion.”

“An engrossing and often amusing tour of elite labs and edgy research.”

“Who are we? Who am I? Those are the questions Ouellette tackles in this elegant and very personal inquiry into identity and the science of the self. . . . An entertaining, insightful, and thoughtful reflection on our assumptions about ourselves and the mystery that is at the heart of the human story.”
—Booklist (starred review)

“Solid science well infused with readable history, pop culture and personal stories. . . . Ouellette’s personal anecdotes reveal a writer with keen intelligence, curiosity, a spirit of adventure and a sense of humor.”
—Kirkus Reviews

“A clear, direct tour of the biology of the self . . . from an author with a flair for making complex subjects simple.”
—Publishers Weekly

Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende

Jennifer Ouellette is the author of three previous books. She writes the popular science and culture blog Cocktail Party Physics for Scientific American. She lives in Los Angeles, California.


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3.0 von 5 Sternen A very readable introduction to a broad array of complex topics but nothing in much depth 9. März 2014
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As usual I received this book for the sum of nothing in exchange for a review. This time from NetGalley. Also as usual I give my scrupulously honest opinions below.

The best summary I can give of this book is that it's broad but not necessarily deep. It starts with Mendel and his peas, makes its way through LSD experiments and brain chemistry, stops for a while in virtual reality and ends up in philosophy. It is all over the place and doesn't spend much time in any one area. This is a book best taken at a chapter every night as your first reading of the evening while you're still wide awake.

To the positive, the book is very easy to digest. Even the most complex ideas (and what's more complicated than the brain) are brought down to earth in a way that anyone can understand. There's plenty of technical jargon here but it's all defined and not at all mysterious even to the neophyte. Also, as I said above, the author covers a dizzying array of topics with wit, cleverness and clarity. For those interested in further reading there's an extensive bibliography that consumes the last 20% of the book so it's a good jumping-off point for further in-depth investigation.

To the negative, there is a lot of personal anecdote spread throughout this book. The book is 20% bibliography, 30% about the author and her life and 50% about science. For some readers this is exactly what they were probably hoping for but those looking for hard and gritty science may find themselves annoyed by how much 'Jennifer' there is in this book.

In summary, if this your first foray into such topics then you'll make a good choice to buy thsi one. If this is your 50th book on the topic, don't bother. This book primarily focuses on making complex ideas accessible and not expanding on the existing literature. I realize that for some that will be a recommendation and for some that will be a deterrent. I leave it to you decide which is which.


It is always my endeavor to write reviews that are succinct, coherent and helpful. If I've achieved these goals than I'm glad! If you think I've failed then please leave a comment indicating what I can improve on for next time. Thanks!
3.0 von 5 Sternen This book is well researched and contains a lot of ... 5. August 2014
Von Breezie - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This book is well researched and contains a lot of very interested information. However the author bird-walks around, and it seems hard to understand how all of the information really fits together. Some of the information, while interesting, seemed to have little to do with the proposed topic.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Well Done, Comprehensive, Not Annoying-ingly Written Book :) 17. September 2014
Von Jodie - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I enjoyed this book very much. It covers a wide range of subjects and perspectives in discovering "you"/the brain/consciousness/neurology/etc., basically the "Me, Myself, and Why" just as the title says is the best way to put it. It is a "self"-discovery first person recount that includes both research and anecdotes without going too technical or not technical enough for the well-educated reader. The author is very talented in her writing style at weaving together history, science/research, and her own personal observations to produce a comprehensive exploration into all of the various factors involved in understanding "you". I have always been interested in the sorts of topics presented in her book from genetics to psychology/neurology and more, and I regularly read scientific studies and perform in-depth research of my own into the sorts of matters discussed in her book (as a non-medical professional). Even though in some parts of the book I thought, yeah yeah, I already know about all that, she nevertheless writes in a way that makes it an interesting read and she nevertheless discussed certain aspects from each discipline that I had never encountered on my own or otherwise presented the information in a way that, read in combination with the rest of the topics covered in the book, made me think more comprehensively about the complex interactions between each subject matter and the potential areas of new discovery in ways that I had never done/thought of before. In sum, it is a well-written thought-provoking book that is not pretentious, pedantic, or narcissistic. I came back to this page not to write a review but to see what other books this author has written that I may want to buy, so that is as good of an endorsement as there is I suppose.
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Good book.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Why We Are 26. Februar 2015
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Quellette makes finding out about ourselves and why we are who we are a fun journey. Within the science and research that the author did is humor and a serious quest to find out why we are. This was very readable and Quellette led us on a quest that was both informative and delightful.
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