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Neuroscience in fiction: “Of a Sweet Slow Dance in the Wake of Temporary Dogs”, by Adam-Troy Castro

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The people of Enysbourg lead merry, fulfilled, blissful lives – nine days out of every ten. On each Tenth Day, the country is ablaze with destruction. Cities are razed, children massacred, every single citizen and visitor to the country experiences unimaginable pain and suffering. But the Day After, peace is restored. All wounds, physical and psychological, are healed. Buildings and roads show no fractures. Families become whole again. Lovers reunite. Memories of the devastation remain, but they do not have the power to do harm.

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Daniel Suarez’s Influx Is Super Fluxing Bitchin’!

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I loved the book, and couldn’t—wouldn’t—didn’t—set it down. With Influx, Daniel Suarez becomes the master, and Michael Crichton should be honored by the comparison.

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Apollo Robbins: The Art of Misdirection

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Apollo Robbins (aka The Gentleman Thief) explains and demonstrates the art of misdirection

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Neuroscience in Fiction: Crux, by Ramez Naam

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Crux (Angry Robot Books) is an outstanding speculative fiction adventure. It combines the very highest level of neuroscientific reality with plausible neuroscience fiction that is very well thought through.

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Neuroscience in Fiction: The Princess Bride

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The novel is a wonderful read, but something that I hadn’t expected is that the plot would revolve so much around the topic of pain, both psychological and physical. As in death, torture, mutilation, and the loss of true love.

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Neuroscience in Fiction: Dexter’s Final Season Premiere

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Dexter’s swan song will involve chasing down a serial killer that puts a melon baller to the unique use of scooping the anterior insula out of the brains of his victims.

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Neuroscience in Fiction: Fear and panic in Jaden and Will Smith’s “After Earth”

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To what extent is fear hardwired in the brain? Behavioral therapies can successfully eliminate or reduce phobias to specific items or situations, but can one suppress fear in general?

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Neuroscience in Fiction: Proust and Pixar

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The madeleine episode in Proust’s Swan’s Way exemplifies the power of smells and tastes to bring back memories, and has inspired research and further fiction too.

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NeuroSCIence in FIction: Kill Decision

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As a true expert in the systems he writes about (Suarez is a computer engineer), Suarez brings an unmatched sense of realism and immediacy to his stories

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Neuroscience in Fiction: Harlan Ellison’s “I have no mouth and I must scream”

The wrath that AM—the sentient supercomputer in Ellison’s tale, as in “I think therefore I AM”—feels for humans is god-like in its scope. AM has annihilated humanity, and kept five survivors to amuse itself in an endless cat-and-mouse game which only AM can win. But how likely is it really that a sentient machine would turn against humankind?

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