A brainy book

I’m through six chapters (about one-third) of Up From Dragons and it is one of the most difficult non-mathematical books I’ve ever come across. By this, I don’t mean that it is not well-written, or even unclear. On the contrary, it is very well-written and quite clear. But I find myself at the limit of my comprehension when dealing with the deep internal functioning of the human brain, with all of the gammas and the various waves and synchronizations, to say nothing of the complex brain anatomy.

But it is completely fascinating and I find myself asking all sorts of questions, and although it is difficult subject matter, an understanding is beginning to form out there in the haze just beyond my reach. I’ve never had this experience with a book before, the intellectual equivalent of getting the shit kicked out of you and coming back for more.

About Jamie Todd Rubin

Jamie Todd Rubin writes fiction and nonfiction for a variety of publications including Analog, Clarkesworld, The Daily Beast, 99U, Daily Science Fiction, Lightspeed, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and several anthologies. He was featured in Lifehacker’s How I Work series. He has been blogging since 2005. By day, he manages software projects and occasionally writes code. He lives in Arlington, Virginia with his wife and three children. Find him on Twitter at @jamietr.