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The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2012



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Best-selling author of Predictably Irrationaland The Upside of Irrationality, Dan Ariely selects the year's top science and nature writing, carrying readers into fresh, new worlds in this collection that brings together the best from a variety of fascinating fields.

Author Biography

Dan Ariely, editor, is the James B. Duke Professor of Psychology and Behavioral Economics at Duke University, with appointment at the Fuqua School of Business, the Center for Congnitive Neuroscience, the Department of Economic, and the School of Medicine. Ariely is also a founding member of the Center for Advanced Hindsight and the author of the New York Times bestsellers Predictably Irrational. The Upside of Irrationality, and The (Honest) Truth About Dishonesty.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. xi
Introductionp. xiv
The Teeming Metropolis of You: from California Magazinep. 3
Our Body the Ecosystem: from Popular Sciencep. 8
The Peanut Puzzle: from The New Yorkerp. 16
The Long, Curious, Extravagant Evolution of Feathers: from National Geographicp. 29
How to Hatch a Dinosaur: from Wiredp. 35
Faster. Higher. Squeakier.: from Outsidep. 44
Trivedi. The Wipeout Gene: from Scientific Americanp. 53
Deep Intellect: from Orionp. 65
Moffett. Ants & the Art of War: from Scientific Americanp. 78
Humans (the Good)
The Scent of Your Thoughts: from Scientific Americanp. 89
Sleeping with the Enemy: from The New Yorkerp. 97
The Touchy-Feely (but Totally Scientific!) Methods of Wallace J. Nichols: from Outsidep. 119
Humans (the Bad)
The Feedback Loop: from Wiredp. 131
What You Don't Know Can Kill You: from Discoverp. 145
Beautiful Brains: from National Geographicp. 156
The Brain on Trial: from The Atlanticp. 167
Society and Environment
Crush Point: from The New Yorkerp. 189
Ill Wind: from Discoverp. 206
The City Solution: from National Geographicp. 217
Test-Tube Burgers: from The New Yorkerp. 229
Mad Science: from Wiredp. 245
Dream Machine: from The New Yorkerp. 258
The Crypto-Currency: from The New Yorkerp. 276
Mind vs. Machine: from The Atlanticp. 289
Contributors' Notesp. 315
Other Notable Science and Nature Writing of 2011p. 321
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