The Amygdala Made Me Do It-The New York Times | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it

WHY are we thinking so much about thinking these days? Near the top of best-seller lists around the country, you’ll find Jonah Lehrer’s “Imagine: How Creativity Works,” followed by Charles Duhigg’s book “The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business,”....Daniel Kahneman’s “Thinking, Fast and Slow.”....“Subliminal: How Your Unconscious Mind Rules Your Behavior,” by Leonard Mlodinow. These books possess a unifying theme: The choices we make in day-to-day life are prompted by impulses lodged deep within the nervous system. Not only are we not masters of our fate; we are captives of biological determinism. Once we enter the portals of the strange neuronal world known as the brain, we discover that — to put the matter plainly — we have no idea what we’re doing.  (Book Reviews)