The Third Chimpanzee by Jared Diamond

Summary: Do not miss this book.  Jared Diamond is extremely opinionated and this detailed chronicle of the social and physical evolution that begat our peculiar species is full of extreme conclusions balanced delicately on tenuous extrapolations from often scanty hard...

The Hidden Brain by Shankar Vedantum

Think you know why you do what you do? Hah! Get a grip! Your reptilian brain is in charge.

In this fascinating look underneath the hood, Shankar Vedantam explains how the brain relegates repetitive information to run in the background—a brilliant timesaver that has powerful and often unintended consequences in our modern world.