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One of a series of titles featuring projects in history, geography and other subjects that will stretch the minds of more able children.
In 'Brain Academy Science', children work with characters from the Brain Academy organisation, run by the mysterious Da Vinci, to complete a number of missions each involving science themes. The series is written with practicing consultants and NACE, the National Association for Able Children in Education.
Strap on your rocket boots and step into the exciting, quirky, and always hilarious universe of Captain Zepto! In this first issue of The Galactic Quests of Captain Zepto, things are looking very grim for the galaxy. The evil Dr. Zorb has unleashed fear on people across the earth. Who will save the day? Captain Zepto, of course! Together with his galactic-sized ego and other members of the Light Brigade, the captain sets off to defeat Dr. Zorb and his wicked plan. But the team quickly discovers that they need more than their expert teamwork and Zepto’s immovable, flawless hair - They need more power! How will the crew conquer Zorb and his menacing mission? Where can they turn for help? Will Zepto’s suit need to be dry-cleaned after the battle? The countdown for lift-off has begun. 10-9-8… Blast into a thrilling adventure that’s out of this world!
The Shape of Thought: How Mental Adaptations Evolve presents a road map for an evolutionary psychology of the twenty-first century. It brings together theory from biology and cognitive science to show how the brain can be composed of specialized adaptations, and yet also an organ of plasticity. Although mental adaptations have typically been seen as monolithic, hard-wired components frozen in the evolutionary past, The Shape of Thought presents a new view of mental adaptations as diverse and variable, with distinct functions and evolutionary histories that shape how they develop, what information they use, and what they do with that information. The book describes how advances in evolutionary developmental biology can be applied to the brain by focusing on the design of the developmental systems that build it. Crucially, developmental systems can be plastic, designed by the process of natural selection to build adaptive phenotypes using the rich information available in our social and physical environments. This approach bridges the long-standing divide between "nativist" approaches to development, based on innateness, and "empiricist" approaches, based on learning. It shows how a view of humans as a flexible, culturally-dependent species is compatible with a complexly specialized brain, and how the nature of our flexibility can be better understood by confronting the evolved design of the organ on which that flexibility depends.
This is the first history of phytotrons, huge climate-controlled laboratories that enabled plant scientists to experiment on the environmental causes of growth and development of living organisms. Made possible by computers and other modern technologies of the early Cold War, such as air conditioning and humidity control, phytotrons promised an end to global hunger and political instability, spreading around the world to thirty countries after World War II. The United States built nearly a dozen, including the first at Caltech in 1949. By the mid-1960s, as support and funding for basic science dwindled, phytotrons declined and ultimately disappeared—until, nearly thirty years later, the British built the Ecotron to study the impact of climate change on biological communities. By recalling the forgotten history of phytotrons, David P. D. Munns reminds us of the important role they can play in helping researchers unravel the complexities of natural ecosystems in the Anthropocene.
There is a growing literature in neuroethics dealing with cognitive neuro-enhancement for healthy adults. However, discussions on this topic tend to focus on abstract theoretical positions while concrete policy proposals and detailed models are scarce. Furthermore, discussions appear to rely solely on data from the US or UK, while international perspectives are mostly non-existent. This volume fills this gap and addresses issues on cognitive enhancement comprehensively in three important ways: 1) it examines the conceptual implications stemming from competing points of view about the nature and goals of enhancement; 2) it addresses the ethical, social, and legal implications of neuroenhancement from an international and global perspective including contributions from scholars in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America, and South America; and 3) it discusses and analyzes concrete legal issues and policy options tailored to specific contexts.
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