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Physical Intelligence

The Science of How the Body and the Mind Guide Each Other Through Life
Narrated by: Jack Armstrong
Length: 8 hrs and 12 mins
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Elegantly written and deeply grounded in personal experience - works by Oliver Sacks come to mind - Physical Intelligence gives us a clear, illuminating examination of the intricate, mutually responsive relationship between the mind and the body as they engage (or don’t engage) in all manner of physical action. 

Ever wonder why you don’t walk into walls or off cliffs? How you decide if you can drive through a snowstorm? How high you are willing to climb up a ladder to change a lightbulb? Through the prisms of behavioral neurology and cognitive neuroscience, Scott Grafton brilliantly accounts for the design and workings of the action-oriented brain in synchronicity with the body in the natural world, and he shows how physical intelligence is inherent in all of us - and always in problem-solving mode. 

Drawing on insights gleaned from discoveries by engineers who have learned to emulate the sophisticated solutions Mother Nature has created for managing complex behavior, Grafton also demonstrates the relevance of physical intelligence with examples that each of us might face - whether the situation is mundane, exceptional, extreme, or compromised.

©2020 Scott Grafton (P)2020 Random House Audio

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“Grafton is a world-renowned neuroscientist and clinical neurologist who has made important contributions that impact every area of our field.” (Daniel J. Levitin, author of New York Times best seller The Organized Mind)

“There are great writers who cover science, and every once in a while there are great scientists who can not only write but can also let us in on the turmoil and secrets of modern science. Grafton’s own expertise in medicine, neuroscience, and cognitive science allows him insights few others can contemplate. Physical Intelligence will become an instant classic.”  (Michael S. Gazzaniga, author of The Consciousness Instinct)

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This is a fun and engaging book. It is written to enjoy and, in enjoying, learn cutting edge neuroscience about the functional pairing of mind, body, tool use, planning, imagination, innovation in a variety of species.
I don't want to be a spoiler, so I won't tell details. This is the single most fun serious science book I've read. And the narrator conveys the excitement of the trip while pacing it to absorb the sophisticated science.

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