Jonah Lehrer is the editor at large for Seed Magazine and the author of How We Decide and Proust Was a Neuroscientist. He graduated from Columbia University and studied at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar. He’s written for The New Yorker, Nature, Wired, the Washington Post and the Boston Globe. He’s also a contributing editor at Scientific American Mind and National Public Radio’s Radio Lab.

About How We Decide, Chris Anderson (editor in chief of Wired magazine) says:

Should we go with instinct or analysis? The answer, Lehrer explains, in this smart and delightfully readable book, is that it depends on the situation. Knowing which method works best in which case is not just useful but fascinating. Lehrer proves once again that he’s a master storyteller and one of the best guides to the practical lessons from new neuroscience.

About Proust Was a Neuroscientist, Publisher’s Weekly says:

[Lehrer] draws from his diverse background in lab work, science writing and fine cuisine to explain how Cézanne anticipated breakthroughs in the understanding of human sight, how Walt Whitman intuited the biological basis of thoughts and, in the title essay, how Proust penetrated the mysteries of memory by immersing himself in childhood recollections.

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