Kohei Saito is an associate professor at Tokyo University and an erudite Marxist scholar. Not a candidate for a best-seller in the non-fiction book world, you might think. But you would be wrong in this case. Saito’s new book (currently in Japanese), which analyses the relationship between capitalism and the planet, has been a smash […]Saito: the metabolic rift and de-growth communism
ZERO TO BIRTH: HOW THE HUMAN BRAIN IS BUILT
Written by William A. Harris
A BOOK WITH MANY SIDES
Review by Gunnel Minett
The average adult human brain weighs about 1.5 kg and accounts for about 2% of the adult body weight. It is very similar in shape and form for most human beings. Still it is unique to each individual. By the time a child is born the brain has billions of neurones that are wired together through trillions of interconnections into what can only be described as the most sophisticated supercomputer we can only begin to imagine.
This book describes the journey from the fertilised egg to the moment a new human being is born, and beyond. It is written by an experimental neurobiologist, describing the development of neurobiology which has lead to the increase in understanding of human evolution as well as the human brain.
Still, the story of how this development takes place is filled…
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