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Race Unmasked: Biology and Race in the Twentieth Century

by Michael Yudell & J. Craig Venter Columbia University Press (September 09, 2014)

Race, while drawn from the visual cues of human diversity, is an idea with a measurable past, an identifiable present, and an uncertain future. The concept of race has been at the center of both triumphs and...


Hidden Dimensions: The Unification of Physics and Consciousness

by B. Alan Wallace Columbia University Press (August 28, 2007)

B. Alan Wallace introduces a natural theory of human consciousness that has its roots in contemporary physics and Buddhism. Wallace's "special theory of ontological relativity" suggests that mental phenomena...


Kuhn's Legacy

by Bojana Mladenović Columbia University Press (September 05, 2017)

Thomas Kuhn's The Structure of Scientific Revolutions is one of the most important books of the twentieth century. Its influence reaches far beyond the philosophy of science, and its key terms, such as "paradigm...


Neither Ghost nor Machine

by Jeremy Sherman & Terrence Deacon Columbia University Press (October 10, 2017)

If the universe is aimless, how do selves and aims emerge? Why do living beings have aims when inanimate things do not? Current science encourages us to reject the ghost-in-the-machine explanation—that something...


Speculative Taxidermy

by Giovanni Aloi Columbia University Press (January 23, 2018)

Taxidermy, once the province of natural history and dedicated to the pursuit of lifelike realism, has recently resurfaced in the world of contemporary art,culture, and interior design. In Speculative Taxidermy,...


Quarks to Culture

by Tyler Volk Columbia University Press (May 02, 2017)

Atoms combine to form molecules, molecules combine to form single-celled organisms. When people come together, they build societies. Our world is nested, both physically and socially, and at each level we find...


Genes, Brains, and Human Potential

by Ken Richardson Columbia University Press (March 21, 2017)

For countless generations people have been told that their potential as humans is limited and fundamentally unequal. The social order, they have been assured, is arranged by powers beyond their control. More...


Neuroscience and Philosophy: Brain, Mind, and Language

by John Searle, Maxwell Bennett, Peter Hacker & Daniel Dennett et al. Columbia University Press (January 01, 2007)

Neuroscience and Philosophy begins with an excerpt from Philosophical Foundations of Neuroscience, in which Maxwell Bennett and Peter Hacker question the conceptual commitments of cognitive neuroscientists....


Three Big Bangs: Matter-Energy, Life, Mind

by Holmes Rolston III Columbia University Press (October 11, 2010)

Rational explanations of the universe leave the spiritually curious cold, and religion-based theories tend to devalue the findings of science. By dividing the creation of matter, energy, life, and mind into...


Consciousness and Mental Life

by Daniel N. Robinson Columbia University Press (December 12, 2007)

In recent decades, issues that reside at the center of philosophical and psychological inquiry have been absorbed into a scientific framework variously identified as "brain science," "cognitive science," and...


Naturalism and Normativity

by Mario De Caro & David Macarthur Columbia University Press (August 11, 2010)

Normativity concerns what we ought to think or do and the evaluations we make. For example, we say that we ought to think consistently, we ought to keep our promises, or that Mozart is a better composer than...


Facing Climate Change: An Integrated Path to the Future

by Jeffrey T. Kiehl Columbia University Press (March 01, 2016)

Facing Climate Change explains why people refuse to accept evidence of a warming planet and shows how to move past partisanship to reach a consensus for action. A climate scientist and licensed psychotherapist,...


A Survival Guide to the Misinformation Age: Scientific Habits of Mind

by David J. Helfand Columbia University Press (February 02, 2016)

We all swim in a sea of Big Data, dangerously vulnerable to the unscientific thinking that now replaces the critical faculties we used to rely on. We seek simple explanations where complexity is required. But...


Stem Cell Dialogues: A Philosophical and Scientific Inquiry Into Medical Frontiers

by Sheldon Krimsky Columbia University Press (June 23, 2015)

“Stem cells” have become linked with both new frontiers in medical science and political and ethical controversy. The field, along with the emerging area of regenerative medicine, is creating the conditions...