Brain That Changes Itself:
of Personal Triumph
Frontiers of Brain
Norman Doidge. Penguin.
427 pages. Paperback. $16.
bestseller, Doidge shares compelling success stories from
the new science of “neuroplasticity,” which studies ways the
brain can rewire itself to recover from traumatic damage.
The individual stories—stroke trauma undone, a half-brain
that conditioned itself to function as a whole, IQs that
raised themselves, learning disorders that their sufferers
overcame, and aging brains that rejuvenated to their
youthful vitality—offer signs of great impending
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Future of the Internet—
to Stop It
Jonathan Zittrain. Yale University
2008. 342 pages. $30.
Internet is undergoing a dangerous pendulum swing from too
much freedom to too little, argues Zittrain. The ability of
anyone to log on and modify content, which was the
Internet’s initial hallmark, paved the way for
proliferations of viruses, spyware, spam, invasions of
privacy, and crippling faulty code. Industries responded by
creating a “lockdown” by means of “tethered appliances” like
iPod and TiVo that they can modify but their users and third
parties cannot. Zittrain argues that we should not give up
freedom for security. He places hope in cooperative uses
like Wikipedia, in which users work in tandem with public
monitors to ensure a safer Web.
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