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Who's in Charge?: Free Will and the Science of the Brain (Hardcover)

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“Big questions are Gazzaniga’s stock in trade.”
New York Times

“Gazzaniga is one of the most brilliant experimental neuroscientists in the world.”
—Tom Wolfe

“Gazzaniga stands as a giant among neuroscientists, for both the quality of his research and his ability to communicate it to a general public with infectious enthusiasm.”
—Robert Bazell, Chief Science Correspondent, NBC News

The author of Human, Michael S. Gazzaniga has been called the “father of cognitive neuroscience.” In his remarkable book, Who’s in Charge?, he makes a powerful and provocative argument that counters the common wisdom that our lives are wholly determined by physical processes we cannot control. His well-reasoned case against the idea that we live in a “determined” world is fascinating and liberating, solidifying his place among the likes of Oliver Sacks, Antonio Damasio, V.S. Ramachandran, and other bestselling science authors exploring the mysteries of the human brain.

About the Author


Michael S. Gazzaniga is internationally recognized in the field of neuroscience and a pioneer in cognitive research. He is the director of the SAGE Center for the Study of the Mind at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is the author of many popular science books, including Who’s in Charge? (Ecco, 2011). He has six children and lives in California with his wife.

Praise For…


“Gazzaniga is a towering figure in contemporary neurobiology. . . . Who’s in Charge? is a joy to read.”
— Wall Street Journal

“A fascinating, accessible, and often humorous read for anyone with a brain! And a must-read for neuroscientists, psychologists, psychiatrists, and criminal attorneys.”
— Library Journal (starred review)

“Fascinating. . . . Gazzaniga uses a lifetime of experience in neuroscientific research to argue that free will is alive and well.”
— Salon.com

“Terrific. . . . [An] engrossing study of the mechanics of thought.”
— Publishers Weekly

“A fascinating affirmation of our essential humanity.”
— Kirkus Reviews

“From one of the world’s leading thinkers comes a thought-provoking book on how we think and how we act. . . . An exciting, stimulating, and at times even funny read that helps us further understand ourselves, our actions, and our world.”
— CNBC.com, Best Books for the Holidays

“An utterly captivating and fascinating read that addresses issues of consciousness and free will and, in the end, offers suggestions as to how these ideas may or may not inform legal matters.”
— Daily Texan

“[The] scope of Michael S. Gazzaniga’s Who’s in Charge? is huge—it tackles the age-old debate of free will [and] offers a lot to consider about what Gazzaniga deems the ‘scientific problem of the century.’”
— Portland Mercury

“Fascinating. . . . [An] intriguing and persuasive treatment of the moral implications of modern neuroscience.”
— Reason.com

“This exciting, stimulating, and sometimes even funny book challenges us to think in new ways about that most mysterious part of us—the part that makes us think we’re us.”
— Alan Alda, actor and host of Scientific American Frontiers


Product Details
ISBN: 9780061906107
ISBN-10: 0061906107
Publisher: Ecco
Publication Date: November 15th, 2011
Pages: 272
Language: English
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