What We Are Reading Today: Innate — How the Wiring of Our Brains Shapes Who We Are

Updated 07 October 2018
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What We Are Reading Today: Innate — How the Wiring of Our Brains Shapes Who We Are

  • Leading neuroscientist and popular science blogger Kevin Mitchell traces human diversity and individual differences to their deepest level

AUTHOR: Kevin J. Mitchell

What makes you the way you are — and what makes each of us different from everyone else? In Innate, leading neuroscientist and popular science blogger Kevin Mitchell traces human diversity and individual differences to their deepest level — in the wiring of our brains, says a review on the Princeton University Press website. 

Deftly guiding us through important new research, including his own groundbreaking work, he explains how variations in the way our brains develop before birth strongly influence our psychology and behavior throughout our lives, shaping our personality, intelligence, sexuality, and even the way we perceive the world.

We all share a genetic program for making a human brain, and the program for making a brain like yours is specifically encoded in your DNA.

But, as Mitchell explains, the way that program plays out is affected by random processes of development that manifest uniquely in each person, even identical twins. 


Screen Scene: What to watch at home this week

Updated 4 min 39 sec ago
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Screen Scene: What to watch at home this week

DUBAI: If you plan on staying in this week, here is what to watch.
The Ted Bundy Tapes
Creator: Joe Berlinger
Where: Netflix 

Berlinger, the documentarian behind “Paradise Lost,” presents a docuseries on the life of the 1970s serial killer Ted Bundy
— “the Jack the Ripper of the United States.” The show features never-before-heard recordings from interviews conducted by two journalists with Bundy in 1980.

The Punisher
Starring: Jon Bernthal, Ebon Moss- Bachrach, Ben Barnes
Where: Netflix
Marvel’s troubled — and lethal — vigilante Frank Castle returns for a second season. This time around, the ex-marine’s quiet life on the road is turned upside-down when he becomes caught up in the attempted murder of a young girl.

Soni
Starring: Geetika Vidya Ohlyan, Saloni Batra
Where: Netflix

Hindi crime drama. Soni and her superintendent, Kalpana, have been tackling violent crimes against women, but their partnership is dissolved when Soni is transferred out for alleged misconduct. Soni’s life is confused further by the return of her estranged husband.

Trigger Warning

Starring: Killer Mike
Where: Netflix

Grammy- winning rapper and activist Michael Render, a.k.a. Killer Mike, investigates social issues and misconceptions in this six-part series. “We explore the human condition using non-traditional approaches,” says Render. “This show is if an anarchist determined the status quo.”

Black Earth Rising

Starring: Michaela Cole, John Goodman
Where: Netfix, from Jan. 25 

Kate Ashby is a legal investigator in London. Her adoptive mother, Eve, takes on a case prosecuting an African militia leader for war crimes, pulling Kate into a dangerous journey.