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ME, MYSELF AND WHY

Me, Myself and Why: Searching for the Science of Self

By Jennifer Ouellette

A fascinating tour through the science behind who we are and how we got this way

As diverse as people appear to be, all of our genes are nearly identical. In Me, Myself and Why, Jennifer Ouellette dives into the minuscule ranges of variation to understand just what sets us apart. She draws on cutting-edge research in genetics, neuroscience, and psychology -- enlivened as always with her signature sense of humor -- to explore the mysteries of human identity and behavior.

Readers follow her own surprising journey of self-discovery as she has her genome sequenced, her brain mapped, her personality typed, and even samples a popular hallucinogen. Bringing together everything from Mendel's famous pea plant experiments and mutations in The X-Men to our taste for cilantro and our relationships with virtual avatars, Ouellette takes us on an endlessly thrilling and illuminating trip into the science of ourselves.

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PRAISE FOR ME, MYSELF AND WHY:

"Science journalist Jennifer Ouellette's exploration of the science of self is an engrossing and often amusing tour of elite labs and edgy research." --Nature

"[A] writer with keen intelligence, curiosity, a spirit of adventure, and a sense of humor. Solid science well infused with readable history, pop culture and personal stories." --Kirkus Reviews

"An entertaining, insightful, and thoughtful reflection on our assumptions about ourselves and the mystery that is at the heart of the human story." -- Booklist

"From an author with a flair for making complex subjects simple comes a clear, direct tour of the biology of the self." -- Publishers Weekly

Table of Contents

Prologue

PART I: ME

1: What's Bred in the Bone
2: Uncharted Territory
3: Moveable Types

PART II: MYSELF

4: Three and I'm Under the Table
5: My So-Called Second Life
6: Born This Way

PART III: WHY

7: Feed Your Head
8: Ghost in the Machine
9: The Accidental Fabulist

Acknowledgements
Bibliography
Index


Cover design and illustration by Jason Ramirez