Brain Bugs

"It's not a flaw, it's a feature." The infamous software company excuse for annoying glitches might have been coined by God Himself after designing our brains. Actually, neuroscientist Dean Buonomano invokes Darwin, not the Deity, when explaining all the defects in our wetware, as he guides us through a primer on why our brains are often unable to cope with the artificial conditions that daily deceive us.

July 24: On this day in 1725 John Newton, the slave trader-preacher who wrote the hymn "Amazing Grace," was born.

Crime fiction legends Dennis Lehane and Michael Connelly discuss the new book that unites their beloved sleuths Patrick Kenzie and Harry Bosch.

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