Competition: come up with a book title!

by Matthew Cobb

For the last three years I have been writing a popular science book, and I’m now getting to the final stretch, but I don’t have a satisfactory title. So, I’m looking to readers for inspiration. Please pitch in with your suggestions in the comments, and if myself and the publishers choose your title, you get a free, signed book, your name mentioned in the Acknowledgements and my eternal gratitude.

Here’s the difficult part – what the book is about.

It is a history of our ideas about how the brain works. It starts in pre-history (when we thought everything was about the heart) and goes through the ideas that have been put forward, right up to the present day and even to tomorrow. There is lots of science in there, but also some philosophy from the 17th and 18th centuries.

It is NOT a history of brain anatomy, a history of the Hard Problem (how consciousness arises), a history of neuroscience or a history of psychology, but it does contain some of these things.

The book looks at how the metaphors we have used about how the brain works have changed with technology (to put it crudely: hydraulics -> electricity -> telephone exchange -> computer -> network), but also how they are all inherently unsatisfactory. That’s the challenge – getting over this idea in something snappy.

My original working title was: Thinking Matter – A History of How the Brain Works. This has the advantage of being clever and referring to the first debate about the material basis of thought, in the late 17th century, when Locke suggested there might be ‘thinking matter’. But it’s been used a couple of times before, and the sales team at my publishers (Profile Books in London) thought it was meh. So at the moment it’s informally called ‘The Brain Book’.

In case it inspires you, the chapter titles are currently taken from quotes used in that chapter, so have varying contemporary styles. Those I’ve written so far (takes us up to the post-war world) are:

1. We feel here

2. Where is fancy bred

3. Souls of wheels and springs

4. The electric fluid

5. The bump for theft

6. Most marvellous atoms of matter

7. The functions of the brain

8. An infinite series of switches

9. One way to understand a mechanism is to make that mechanism

10. The fundamental feature of neural machinery

11. A neurophysiological postulate

That’s it. Good luck!

279 Comments

  1. Patrick Flannery
    Posted June 29, 2018 at 10:31 am | Permalink

    How We Know Things

  2. Posted June 29, 2018 at 10:32 am | Permalink

    “A brief history of thought”

    (Though it’s not very original, borrowing from Hawking.)

    • Richard
      Posted June 29, 2018 at 2:44 pm | Permalink

      ‘History of the Brain, Part 1’ (even less original, but borrowed from Mel Brooks; and leaves room for a sequel)

      ‘The Selfish Brain’ (well, it worked for Dawkins, didn’t it?)

      ‘A Fistful of Neurons’
      ‘Is Your Brain Really Necessary?’
      ‘A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Cortex’

      • Les Faby
        Posted June 29, 2018 at 6:31 pm | Permalink

        Love it!

  3. GBJames
    Posted June 29, 2018 at 10:32 am | Permalink

    Brain Soup

    Sorry. I’m not good at this.

  4. Janet
    Posted June 29, 2018 at 10:36 am | Permalink

    “The Grey Matters”

    • Janet
      Posted June 29, 2018 at 10:38 am | Permalink

      …along with the subtitle you chose:
      A History of How the Brain Works

    • Janet
      Posted June 29, 2018 at 10:42 am | Permalink

      Or just “Grey Matters”

      • Jenny Haniver
        Posted June 29, 2018 at 10:47 am | Permalink

        If you prefixed “50 Shades of…” to “Grey Matters,” it’d be a best seller beyond your brain’s imagination

        • Janet
          Posted June 29, 2018 at 10:51 am | Permalink

          Very good!

        • Saul Sorrell-Till
          Posted June 29, 2018 at 12:38 pm | Permalink

          Beat me to it…

        • Posted June 29, 2018 at 2:15 pm | Permalink

          I was thinking Infinite Shades of Grey: A History of How the Brain Works
          or
          Myriad Shades of Grey: A History……

        • Mike
          Posted June 30, 2018 at 8:33 am | Permalink

          Brilliant

  5. Hempenstein
    Posted June 29, 2018 at 10:39 am | Permalink

    Concepts in/of Cognition
    Concepts in/of Thought
    Conceptualizing Cognition (through time)
    Conceptualizations of Cognition ”

    (Off to think of more…)

    • Hempenstein
      Posted July 4, 2018 at 8:39 am | Permalink

      Cognizance (or is it Cognisance) of Cognition
      (subtitle: How much have we learned and how far do we have to go?)

  6. busterggi
    Posted June 29, 2018 at 10:40 am | Permalink

    The Brains We Live In

    Which is probably why I’m a rotten writer.

  7. Posted June 29, 2018 at 10:41 am | Permalink

    Bubble Brain ? It conjures up images of a hyped up, heated up financial sector as if your book is on the cusp of revealing something urgent and important.

  8. Danny Kodicek
    Posted June 29, 2018 at 10:42 am | Permalink

    Brainalogies

    Yeah, I don’t like it either.

  9. Historian
    Posted June 29, 2018 at 10:43 am | Permalink

    “Me, Myself, and My Brain”

    or

    “The Brain: It Ain’t What You Think It Is”

  10. Gabe D
    Posted June 29, 2018 at 10:44 am | Permalink

    How we think we think

  11. Jack
    Posted June 29, 2018 at 10:44 am | Permalink

    Dear Jerry:

    I look forward to reading!
    Some thoughts on the matter: (also a viable title idea)

    1. Trains of Thought: how we think about thinking
    2. Grey Matter in a Black Box
    3. Interrogating the Interrogator

    Lastly, because we’re in Kansas,

    4. The Man Behind the Green Curtain

    Good luck with selecting an appropriate title and getting the book out the door!

    Jack

    • Jack
      Posted June 29, 2018 at 10:47 am | Permalink

      Oops!
      Sorry Matthew! I hit send and suddenly realized my mistake!
      Nevertheless, all the best in finishing this up and getting it to us, the readers!

      Jack

  12. Hempenstein
    Posted June 29, 2018 at 10:47 am | Permalink

    And BTW, as you may know, at Carnegie-Mellon U there’s a Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition. As opposed to what? The Geologic Basis? (In case you feel inclined to put in a dig about that.)

    • Posted June 29, 2018 at 1:46 pm | Permalink

      I (a CMU alumnus) always took that as a slight way to move in a different direction from people like Allen Newell and Herb Simon. I agree with them that one can study a lot of it without implementation, but not as much as they did.

  13. lizwinfreyventura
    Posted June 29, 2018 at 10:47 am | Permalink

    Brainography
    – the brain’s biography

    Brainiac

    Brain Matters

    The Mind’s I
    – a complete chronology of how the brain works

    Grey Matters

    Beyond the Brain

    What Lies Within (your head)

    Umm.. I want to keep going but my toddler just threw a bowl of goldfish on the floor

    • Danny Kodicek
      Posted June 29, 2018 at 10:49 am | Permalink

      The Mind’s I is already taken, and is a fine, fine book if you haven’t read it.

    • JP
      Posted June 29, 2018 at 4:12 pm | Permalink

      “The brain’s biography” is nice, but how about “The Brain: A Biography”? (Or “The Brain, an *Auto*biography”)

  14. Cicely berglund
    Posted June 29, 2018 at 10:48 am | Permalink

    The Brain:A Matter of Ideas

  15. Chi
    Posted June 29, 2018 at 10:51 am | Permalink

    “Brain in Action, or so we thought”

  16. JonLynnHarvey
    Posted June 29, 2018 at 10:52 am | Permalink

    “The Soft Problem: Maps of the Structure of the Brain”

    (I confess to liking “Grey Matters” above.)

  17. Kathy
    Posted June 29, 2018 at 10:54 am | Permalink

    The Thinly Thing…A Sciency Perspective

    • Kathy
      Posted June 29, 2018 at 10:55 am | Permalink

      Thinky Thing

  18. Posted June 29, 2018 at 10:55 am | Permalink

    Singing in the Brain
    Brain Dance
    Oh Dear, What Can The Matter Be?
    What’s the Matter Now?
    All That Matters
    Nothing Really Matters
    The Art of the Matter
    Does it Matter?
    Mind Over Matter
    Truth of the Matter
    Matter of Fact
    Brainy Daze and Mondays (that’s enough, Ed.)

  19. Tim
    Posted June 29, 2018 at 11:01 am | Permalink

    Brains on Fire:
    Brain Thoughts
    Brain Story
    Brain Race: The History of Our Most Vital Organ.

  20. Michael Fisher
    Posted June 29, 2018 at 11:05 am | Permalink

    Tiny, charmed interior – this parlour of the brain

    Stolen from On Being Human, by C S Lewis

  21. Janet
    Posted June 29, 2018 at 11:05 am | Permalink

    “Between the Ears”

    • ladyatheist
      Posted June 29, 2018 at 12:30 pm | Permalink

      “Between the Ears over the Years.”

  22. David W Andrews
    Posted June 29, 2018 at 11:08 am | Permalink

    “As Shadow is to Body” (from “mind is to brain as Shadow is to Body”)

    “I’ve Got a Idea!” (how the brain came to be)

    “Thinking in Time”

  23. Martin Stubbs
    Posted June 29, 2018 at 11:08 am | Permalink

    Matthew Cobb’s Life of Brain

    • Curt Nelson
      Posted June 29, 2018 at 11:29 am | Permalink

      🙂

    • GBJames
      Posted June 29, 2018 at 11:43 am | Permalink

      Very good!

    • Posted June 29, 2018 at 11:47 am | Permalink

      Excellent!

      • DrBrydon
        Posted June 29, 2018 at 1:08 pm | Permalink

        +1

  24. Monika
    Posted June 29, 2018 at 11:11 am | Permalink

    Grey Matter – How Technology Changed the Way We Talk and Learn About the Brain

    I’ve never given any thought about how authors come up with book titles, this is hard work!

  25. Travis
    Posted June 29, 2018 at 11:12 am | Permalink

    -Mind Your Matter: A History of How the Brain Works
    -Mind Your Matter: A History of How We Think We Think

  26. George Atkinson
    Posted June 29, 2018 at 11:13 am | Permalink

    Thoughtful Brain

  27. Posted June 29, 2018 at 11:14 am | Permalink

    sub

  28. Posted June 29, 2018 at 11:14 am | Permalink

    How about

    “Never Mind, no matter”
    This made the rounds in the 18 cent..from some anon. salon wit.

    If you’re goal is just to sell a lot of copies with the title maybe:

    “Sexy Teen Vampire Brains” ? or
    “Swords, Gigantic Robot Aliens and Brains”

    • Posted June 29, 2018 at 11:34 am | Permalink

      I too was thinking along the lines of silly: Your Brain: Phantasm, Farts, Freezes and Phenomenal 🙂

      • Posted June 29, 2018 at 4:32 pm | Permalink

        And more seriously – “Why You Believe That’s True.”

  29. Posted June 29, 2018 at 11:14 am | Permalink

    “A History of Thinking about Thinking”

    • Posted June 29, 2018 at 11:19 am | Permalink

      By the way, your book sounds interesting. If you need a proofreader, I’m your man!

  30. nay
    Posted June 29, 2018 at 11:15 am | Permalink

    Brain Thoughts – A History of Thinking About How the Brain Works.

  31. Posted June 29, 2018 at 11:15 am | Permalink

    The Evolution of Thought

  32. Posted June 29, 2018 at 11:17 am | Permalink

    Haven’t read all the above, but the first thing that occurs is:

    Tracking the Train of Thought: A History of How the Brain Works

  33. MKray
    Posted June 29, 2018 at 11:18 am | Permalink

    Thinking

    • Posted June 29, 2018 at 11:22 am | Permalink

      Well, let us know when you’ve thought of one!

      • Janet
        Posted June 29, 2018 at 11:41 am | Permalink

        ha ha!

  34. Col
    Posted June 29, 2018 at 11:20 am | Permalink

    The Budding of Minds: A History of How the Brain Works

    Unlocking the suggestion box: A History of How the Brain Works

  35. Posted June 29, 2018 at 11:26 am | Permalink

    Framing the Mind – What We’ve Thought About How We Think

  36. Liz
    Posted June 29, 2018 at 11:36 am | Permalink

    On The Matter Of Gray Matter: A History Of Ideas About How The Brain Works

    Getting To The Heart Of The Gray Matter: A History of Ideas About How The Brain Works

    Explaining The Brain: A History of Metaphors Used To Frame The Brain

    Hand Me A Scalpel: An In-depth Look At The Ideas Used To Frame The Brain Throughout History

  37. Patrick
    Posted June 29, 2018 at 11:40 am | Permalink

    How about “Think (Again)” or Think Again?

  38. Paul Dymnicki
    Posted June 29, 2018 at 11:45 am | Permalink

    ‘Jerry Coynes Life of Brain’

  39. Patrick
    Posted June 29, 2018 at 11:49 am | Permalink

    Cognitively Speaking.
    Cogito Ergo Something.

    • ladyatheist
      Posted June 29, 2018 at 12:29 pm | Permalink

      Cogito ergo Cogito

  40. Paul Dymnicki
    Posted June 29, 2018 at 11:49 am | Permalink

    ‘From Neuron to Meme The Evolution of Thought’

  41. Posted June 29, 2018 at 11:50 am | Permalink

    “Brains on Brain — A History of How We Think the Brain Works”

    Whatever you choose for the initial part of the title, I think an added “We Think” or the equivalent is a necessary addition to the second part, if it is to describe accurately what the book is about.

  42. colin
    Posted June 29, 2018 at 11:50 am | Permalink

    Brawn again: the birth of ideas on the brain

  43. Posted June 29, 2018 at 11:51 am | Permalink

    Matters of Mind: A History of How the Brain Works

  44. chris
    Posted June 29, 2018 at 11:52 am | Permalink

    It’s all in your head

  45. Clare45
    Posted June 29, 2018 at 11:57 am | Permalink

    From feeling to function: (Followed by your original “A history of how the brain works”

  46. Paul Dymnicki
    Posted June 29, 2018 at 11:59 am | Permalink

    ‘The Source, The God Delusion II’

  47. Posted June 29, 2018 at 12:01 pm | Permalink

    The Brain’s Idea of the Brain

  48. tomh
    Posted June 29, 2018 at 12:02 pm | Permalink

    How We Think We Think: A History of How the Brain Works.

    • Posted June 29, 2018 at 1:06 pm | Permalink

      Hmm. “Brainworks” is kind of a catchy neologism.

      “Brainworks: Human Thought Across the Ages”.

  49. freiner
    Posted June 29, 2018 at 12:07 pm | Permalink

    Off the top of my head (so to speak — and that’s not a suggested title):
    1. Lines of Thought: Ways of Thinking about Our Brains, Our Minds, and Our Selves;
    2. Speaking Our Minds, Tooling Our Thoughts:[Insert subtitle here; maybe the same as in 1.]
    2a) Just “Speaking Our Minds”
    3. Nicholas Nickelby

  50. Diana MacPherson
    Posted June 29, 2018 at 12:09 pm | Permalink

    What’s the Matter? A History of Thinking About the Brain

    I actually liked A History of Thinking About Thinking but it wasn’t exactly accurate.

    • Posted June 29, 2018 at 12:21 pm | Permalink

      Thanks. But how is “A History of Thinking About Thinking” not accurate? Perhaps I misunderstood what the book is about. I really want to know as I am perfectly willing to go back to the drawing board.

      • Diana MacPherson
        Posted June 29, 2018 at 12:24 pm | Permalink

        Because the book isn’t just about the process of thinking but how the mind works and it does more than think.

        • Posted June 29, 2018 at 12:39 pm | Permalink

          I guess one of my definitions of “thinking” is what the brain does. Of course, that’s an oversimplification but it is just a title.

  51. W.T. Effingham
    Posted June 29, 2018 at 12:09 pm | Permalink

    Consciousness of Conscience.

  52. Posted June 29, 2018 at 12:10 pm | Permalink

    How about this line from the worst Star Trek episode ever. “Brain and brain. What is brain?”

    Go to 2:07 of this video and hear it for yourself. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2zKDQfVbWqc

  53. Patrick
    Posted June 29, 2018 at 12:11 pm | Permalink

    Put Some Thought Into It

  54. Posted June 29, 2018 at 12:12 pm | Permalink

    It’s the Thought: A History of Ideation about the Brain

  55. Posted June 29, 2018 at 12:13 pm | Permalink

    “The Progress of Ignorance” – inspired by the IslandofKnowledge metaphor. Today we know more about what we don’t know.

  56. Janet
    Posted June 29, 2018 at 12:15 pm | Permalink

    Convoluted: How our ideas about the brain have changed through history.

    • nicky
      Posted June 29, 2018 at 1:58 pm | Permalink

      !

  57. Posted June 29, 2018 at 12:18 pm | Permalink

    I’d go for
    “Brain Spotting” as having the requisite amount of nerdiness and puntiferousness.
    I nearly chose that one myself for a paper on the same subject a couple of years back but decided at the last moment to change it to something more Boolean (it was Booles bicentenary)
    https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpsyg.2016.01880/full

  58. Posted June 29, 2018 at 12:22 pm | Permalink

    “The Earth Aware in Us”
    A history of thought

    (From a line in a John Davidson poem)

  59. Diana MacPherson
    Posted June 29, 2018 at 12:22 pm | Permalink

    How We’ve Changed Our Minds About Our Minds

    • Janet
      Posted June 29, 2018 at 12:24 pm | Permalink

      That is really good!

    • Saul Sorrell-Till
      Posted June 29, 2018 at 12:41 pm | Permalink

      +1

    • Posted June 29, 2018 at 6:45 pm | Permalink

      Love it, but minor variation: Changing Our Minds About Our Minds

  60. johnw
    Posted June 29, 2018 at 12:25 pm | Permalink

    NeuroIncognita, and then an appropriate subtitle, something like – the pursuit of understanding how the human brain creates the mind…or some such.,

  61. ladyatheist
    Posted June 29, 2018 at 12:28 pm | Permalink

    “What we Think about What we Think” (though this may be better as a subtitle)… or “What we Thought about What we Think.” or “How we Thought about What we Thought.”

    “Thinking about Thinking”

    “I think the thoughts we used to think were not the best thoughts about thinking”

    Cover image: brain “looking” into a mirror.

    • Saul Sorrell-Till
      Posted June 29, 2018 at 12:49 pm | Permalink

      Or maybe

      ‘Think About Thoughts While Thinking Things: a thort guide to thinking for thought-thinking thinkers who think thoughts about thience’

  62. yazikus
    Posted June 29, 2018 at 12:29 pm | Permalink

    I’m a fan of many of the suggestions!
    Tabula inscripta : How We’ve Filled the Gaps

  63. Torbjörn Larsson
    Posted June 29, 2018 at 12:30 pm | Permalink

    “The Embodied Brain”; suggesting that it is the entire sensory network that builds our sensations.

  64. Ken Kukec
    Posted June 29, 2018 at 12:31 pm | Permalink

    “The Old Grey Matter: It Ain’t What It Used To Be.”

  65. darrelle
    Posted June 29, 2018 at 12:31 pm | Permalink

    The Evolution of Thinking On Thought.

  66. Posted June 29, 2018 at 12:33 pm | Permalink

    Figures of Thought: Metaphors for the Human Brain

    • ladyatheist
      Posted June 29, 2018 at 1:54 pm | Permalink

      I like that one!

  67. Muffy Mead-Ferro
    Posted June 29, 2018 at 12:34 pm | Permalink

    I think the current subtitle is informative and could be kept, but re-positioned as a pre-title, thusly:

    A History of How
    the Brain Works:
    WE THINK

    Since as professor Coyne has said, all scientific knowledge is provisional.

  68. ladyatheist
    Posted June 29, 2018 at 12:37 pm | Permalink

    I hope you will squeeze in this quote from Emo Philips:

    “I used to think that the brain was the most wonderful organ in my body. Then I realized who was telling me this.”

    • Saul Sorrell-Till
      Posted June 29, 2018 at 12:52 pm | Permalink

      “I used to think that the brain was the most wonderful organ in my body.”

      Presumably he then reached puberty and discovered an ever more wonderful organ

  69. Posted June 29, 2018 at 12:42 pm | Permalink

    “20 Centuries of Thought on Thought”

    Substitute the appropriate number for 20, of course.

  70. Mark Sturtevant
    Posted June 29, 2018 at 12:44 pm | Permalink

    Fifty Shades of Grey Matter

    A Brief History of the Brain

    The Brain Through History

    Getting to Know You: The History of Thought About the Brain and Mind

  71. squidmaster
    Posted June 29, 2018 at 12:47 pm | Permalink

    I Am a Brain (and So Are You): from Philosophy to Neuroscience

  72. Desnes Diev
    Posted June 29, 2018 at 12:48 pm | Permalink

    The Organ that Plays Our Inner Melody

    Living Mind(s) – How to Conceive that Cells Generate Ideas

    Ideal Matter

    • Posted June 29, 2018 at 1:10 pm | Permalink

      As an organist, I like the play on “organ”.

      Maybe “Preludes and Fugues: The Cognitive Organ and the Music it Plays”.

      • ladyatheist
        Posted June 29, 2018 at 1:53 pm | Permalink

        Fugues are mental illness symptoms, though!

  73. TPM
    Posted June 29, 2018 at 12:51 pm | Permalink

    Of Mind and Matter: How our thinking about the brain has changed over time

  74. darrelle
    Posted June 29, 2018 at 12:59 pm | Permalink

    Cogito Ergo Sum? A History Of The Brain Getting To Know Itself

  75. Rich Pardoe
    Posted June 29, 2018 at 1:01 pm | Permalink

    Mental Images:
    How the brain was viewed in history

  76. Merilee
    Posted June 29, 2018 at 1:03 pm | Permalink

    Sub

  77. Posted June 29, 2018 at 1:04 pm | Permalink

    Brain Sells: Marketing the Mind

  78. H
    Posted June 29, 2018 at 1:07 pm | Permalink

    BRAAAINS (Photo of author in handsome zombie mode holding delectable specimen)
    – Who does your brain think it is? (and why it’s wrong about that)

  79. DrBrydon
    Posted June 29, 2018 at 1:10 pm | Permalink

    “Thinking about the Mind”
    “Brainy McBrainface” (obligatory)

    • Posted June 29, 2018 at 1:17 pm | Permalink

      Yes! Love the “Boaty McBoatface” reference. That was one of my favorite “stranger than fiction” events.

    • ladyatheist
      Posted June 29, 2018 at 1:52 pm | Permalink

      +1!

  80. Lauren
    Posted June 29, 2018 at 1:12 pm | Permalink

    “The progression of thought” – a history of how we know what we know

    “How we know what we know”

  81. Liz
    Posted June 29, 2018 at 1:17 pm | Permalink

    Pennies For Their Thoughts: A History Of Ideas About How The Brain Works

    The Thinking Cap: A History Of Ideas About How The Brain Works

    Getting A Head From Behind: A History Of Ideas About How The Brain Works

  82. Steve
    Posted June 29, 2018 at 1:18 pm | Permalink

    You are what you Think.
    A history of the brain.

  83. John laughlin
    Posted June 29, 2018 at 1:18 pm | Permalink

    The brains of naked apes; how and why they work—-or dont

  84. Blue
    Posted June 29, 2018 at 1:18 pm | Permalink

    Human Beings = A(ny) Thing That Happens
    Is First … … Thought Up

    Blue

  85. Rupinder Sayal
    Posted June 29, 2018 at 1:21 pm | Permalink

    Hi Matthew, I loved your previous book “Life’s Greatest Secret”, and I’ll eagerly waiting for this book to come out ASAP.

    Here’s my shot at the title:

    “Mindful Contemplations: How Our Ideas About Brain’s Workings Have Evolved from Prehistoric Times to 21st Century”

  86. Posted June 29, 2018 at 1:28 pm | Permalink

    Title suggestion: “Who would have thunk it!”

  87. ivan
    Posted June 29, 2018 at 1:28 pm | Permalink

    The Brain and Beyond

  88. Saul Sorrell-Till
    Posted June 29, 2018 at 1:29 pm | Permalink

    ‘You Are Here – How We Discovered The Brain And What It Does’

    ‘An Outer History Of Inner Space’

    ‘Charting Inner Space’

    ‘Views Of The Interior – A History Of The Brain’

    ‘Outside Looking In’

    • Saul Sorrell-Till
      Posted June 29, 2018 at 2:47 pm | Permalink

      In case it was too subtle, the title ‘You Are Here’ is a play on those lifesaving signs you find in shopping malls that tell slow-witted people where they are with a big red arrow…ie. ‘you’ are to be found in the brain.
      You could work this into the cover; a map-style illustration of the human body with an arrow pointing to the brain, and the title nearby.

    • Posted June 29, 2018 at 6:55 pm | Permalink

      These are all very nice.

  89. drew
    Posted June 29, 2018 at 1:38 pm | Permalink

    Cogitations on cognition:

    The Perception of Perception:

    Perspectives on Perception:

    After those add the sub, “The history of how we’ve thought the brain works.”

    “How does the Brain Work, and Why? Thoughts through the ages.”

    • drew
      Posted June 29, 2018 at 1:38 pm | Permalink

      ehh I’m not so sure I like the sub but w/e.

  90. Posted June 29, 2018 at 1:50 pm | Permalink

    I am horrible with titles, so I won’t attempt one.

    However, there *is* another debate over materialism prior to Locke. In fact, two.

    One is the one Descartes had that prompted him to write _Passions of the Soul_, which despite its name is basically (fanciful) physiological psychology.

    Another is less obvious and perhaps not quite one: Plato in the Phaedo has a critique of what many people consider a reference to preSocratic materialists on this question. (It is dogmatic and bad and put in the mouth of Socrates, but it is there.) Target may have been Diogenes of Apollonia as I recall, or Democritus.

  91. Bob Hayes
    Posted June 29, 2018 at 1:52 pm | Permalink

    The Brain as the Heart of the Matter

  92. Posted June 29, 2018 at 1:54 pm | Permalink

    Building on others:

    “Thoughts on thoughts”

    I’m working my way through Gilberts newest Dev Bio. If I come across a great turn of phrase by R y Cajal or others I’ll pass it on.

  93. Joe Hahn
    Posted June 29, 2018 at 1:55 pm | Permalink

    Mr. Hayes,

    I am not able to help with a title but would like to get a copy when it comes out.

    I would like to read something without a lot of woo.

    All the Best,
    Joe Hahn

  94. Liz
    Posted June 29, 2018 at 1:55 pm | Permalink

    Skull-Crushed: A History of Technology-Related Metaphors About How The Brain Works And How Those Metaphors Have Been Unsatisfactory

  95. ladyatheist
    Posted June 29, 2018 at 1:56 pm | Permalink

    Brainsplaining!

    • Merilee
      Posted June 29, 2018 at 4:06 pm | Permalink

      Brainsplaining!
      +1

    • Posted June 29, 2018 at 4:33 pm | Permalink

      Love it!

      • Posted June 29, 2018 at 6:51 pm | Permalink

        Dang that’s good! I’ll cancel my suggestions because you captured the gist, but yours is way more punchy.

    • Liz
      Posted June 30, 2018 at 12:40 am | Permalink

      I do like this, too.

  96. Posted June 29, 2018 at 1:58 pm | Permalink

    I keep thinking about all those book titles in ‘Fight Club’:

    I Am Joe’s Brain

    • Mark Sturtevant
      Posted June 29, 2018 at 3:00 pm | Permalink

      Reader’s Digest!

      • Posted June 29, 2018 at 3:02 pm | Permalink

        Ah,right! Meta-meta reference.

  97. Posted June 29, 2018 at 2:04 pm | Permalink

    Is ‘The Soft Machine’ too squishy sounding?

    • Saul Sorrell-Till
      Posted June 29, 2018 at 2:36 pm | Permalink

      I like that. Is that what the bandname was referring to originally?

      • Posted June 29, 2018 at 3:03 pm | Permalink

        There was a band with that name? (I know next to nothing about popular music).

    • Wayne Y Hoskisson
      Posted June 29, 2018 at 11:42 pm | Permalink

      The Soft Machine is a William S. Burroughs novel.

      • Michael Fisher
        Posted June 29, 2018 at 11:55 pm | Permalink

        Burroughs’ boring & vastly overrated novel “The Soft Machine” has nothing to do with the brain unfortunately [as you’re probably aware]

        “Soft Machine” the jazz-fusion band is fine stuff if you’re into that time & place – I like ’em if I prep myself. They were lazy & drug-addled buggers who should have worked harder 🙂

        • Michael Fisher
          Posted June 30, 2018 at 12:03 am | Permalink

          Wyatt was special though. God bless him.

        • Saul Sorrell-Till
          Posted June 30, 2018 at 5:54 am | Permalink

          Lots of Soft bands out there. Soft Cell, The Soft Boys, The Soft Pack, Soft Hair, Soft Machine. It’s like comic book characters and the prefix Green. A very popular choice for some reason.

          • Michael Fisher
            Posted June 30, 2018 at 6:36 am | Permalink

            I hadn’t noticed the green thing [lol] until you mention. How about pink band names? Possibly more than “black”: P!nk, Pink Floyd, Pink Hotel, Pink Military, Pink Fairies, Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffitti, Pink Turns Blue, Pink Talking Fish [tribute band], Legendary Pink Dots, Flux of Pink Indians, Kid Congo Powers and the Pink Monkeybirds, Barely Pink, The Pink Spiders, Pinkshinyultrablast, Pink Grease, Pink Industry, Vicious Pink, Pink Flag, Pink Martini, Pinkerton Thugs, Pink Lincolns.

          • Diana MacPherson
            Posted June 30, 2018 at 8:20 am | Permalink

            And “Soft Machine” made me think of Gold-Frapp’s “Strict Machine”. And I think you could see Gold-Frapp as the successor to bands like Soft Cell.

            Also, speaking of Gold Frapp, I was looking for the song Ooo La La and had a list on Spotify. I was playing that list and Brittany Spear’s “Ooops I did it again” came up just as someone passed ahead of me and I had to slow way down because it looked like they were going to hit me head on in my little Miata. I actually thought “Great, I’m going to die listening to Brittany Spears”.

    • Michael Fisher
      Posted June 30, 2018 at 8:55 am | Permalink

      @Diana MacPherson

      Live festival Goldfrapp for Alison at her arty, stagy, bondage best. Here’s a great example from Isle of Wight, 2006:

      • Diana MacPherson
        Posted June 30, 2018 at 11:47 am | Permalink

        Cool. I like the song White Horse too. Strict Machine is my favourite because it includes the line “wonderful electric”.

  98. Posted June 29, 2018 at 2:11 pm | Permalink

    Actually I like the double meaning of Thinking Matter. Nothing meh about it.

    • Posted June 29, 2018 at 3:17 pm | Permalink

      To which I would add an “s.”

      Thinking Matters
      A History of How the Brain Works.

      And any decent designer should be able make almost any title graphically respectable.

  99. Tej
    Posted June 29, 2018 at 2:22 pm | Permalink

    Thinking Meat

  100. Posted June 29, 2018 at 2:23 pm | Permalink

    “Enlightening the Fold(s)”
    as in the topographical folds in the brain. It could be used metaphorically as in “bring into the fold”, which is why I made the “s” optional. “Enlightening” would also reference metaphorically shining a light on the brain as knowledge grows, while also giving a nod to The Enlightenment, which of course helped push science along.

  101. Posted June 29, 2018 at 2:27 pm | Permalink

    Mastermind: Beyond What We Think, a History of the Workings of the Brain

    • Posted June 29, 2018 at 3:06 pm | Permalink

      or maybe change “Beyond What We Think” to “Beyond Thought” etc.

  102. Barney
    Posted June 29, 2018 at 2:29 pm | Permalink

    Brain Teaser: How We Thought About How We Think

  103. Tej
    Posted June 29, 2018 at 2:29 pm | Permalink

    Thoughts on thinking: How we think we thInk.

    Thought

    Thunk

    Thinking about thInking matter

  104. Geoff Toscano
    Posted June 29, 2018 at 2:32 pm | Permalink

    A guide to the reasons we think

  105. J Cook
    Posted June 29, 2018 at 2:40 pm | Permalink

    Jerry’s Take on His Brain. And Yours Too.

  106. Posted June 29, 2018 at 2:44 pm | Permalink

    ‘Engines of Consciousness’ or ‘Engines of ____ – some obscure enlightenment term for mind

    I’m trying to call if Shakespeare had a metaphor for mind that used ‘devices’? I could swear he had something that was apt but I’m probably recalling incorrectly because MC would know it already.

    • Posted June 29, 2018 at 2:58 pm | Permalink

      There is a quote from Henry V: ““All things are ready, if our mind be so.” Hence, how about:

      IF OUR MIND BE SO: A PROGRESS OF METAPHORS FOR THE BRAIN

      • Posted June 29, 2018 at 6:59 pm | Permalink

        Speaking of must-have quotes, how about

        If the human brain were so simple that we could understand it, we would be so simple that we couldn’t.

        –Emerson M. Pugh

  107. Posted June 29, 2018 at 2:57 pm | Permalink

    “The Volume of the Brain”. (Nicked from Hamlet, Act I, Scene 5).

  108. lwgreen1
    Posted June 29, 2018 at 3:01 pm | Permalink

    The Heart of the Gray Matter–A History of Thought.

  109. Posted June 29, 2018 at 3:03 pm | Permalink

    “Mental History”
    “Brains of Yore”
    “Brains on Brains: a History”
    “Brains Since Antiquity”

  110. a-non
    Posted June 29, 2018 at 3:07 pm | Permalink

    Trying to work in some terms suggestive of 19thC machines, and perhaps computers too:

    Intricate Mechanisms of Thought — Three Centuries of Analogies for the Brain

    Tubes, Wires & Dreams — A History of How the Brain might Work.

    Human Thinking Machines — A History.

    The Factory of Ideas — A History of Mechanical Models of Thinking.

  111. Mark Grieveson
    Posted June 29, 2018 at 3:13 pm | Permalink

    Brainboxes

  112. Liz
    Posted June 29, 2018 at 3:14 pm | Permalink

    As The Light Bulb Goes Off: A History of Ideas About How The Brain Works

    Clockworked: A History of Ideas About How The Brain Works

    Cerebral Musings: A History

  113. Lee
    Posted June 29, 2018 at 3:16 pm | Permalink

    “Universe inside a lump of matter: History of the brain’s journey to know itself”

    You’re right — it *is* hard. 🙂

  114. Posted June 29, 2018 at 3:19 pm | Permalink

    The Chimneys of Our Brains: A History of the Workings of the Brain

    (channeling Lady Macbeth)

    • Posted July 14, 2018 at 1:56 pm | Permalink

      or

      “The Chimneys of Our Brains: Unravelling the History of How the Brain Works”

      or

      “From Noodles to Neurons: Unravelling the History of How the Brain Works”

  115. John W.
    Posted June 29, 2018 at 3:34 pm | Permalink

    Where Did You Get That Idea?

  116. Matthew Jenkins
    Posted June 29, 2018 at 3:46 pm | Permalink

    “Thinking Matter – A History of How the Brain Works” doesn’t seem to reflect the books’ aim, if it is a history of how humans have tried to put thinking into terms that made sense to them.

    “Souls of wheels and springs”, the title of chapter three, was enticing, so why not go for that?

  117. James Walker
    Posted June 29, 2018 at 3:53 pm | Permalink

    “Think Think Think”

    “I, Brain”

  118. Posted June 29, 2018 at 3:56 pm | Permalink

    Brains? No brains.”

    (A quote from the Simpsons.)

  119. Liz
    Posted June 29, 2018 at 3:59 pm | Permalink

    To Find The Mind: A History Of Ideas Framing The Brain In Terms Of Technology – Pros and Cons

    Einstein On Autopilot: Exploration Of Our Brains In The Framework Of Technology, A History

    Einstein On Autopilot: A History Of Ideas About How The Brain Works

  120. John J. Fitzgerald
    Posted June 29, 2018 at 4:00 pm | Permalink

    The Human Brain: A History from Magic to Science

    Regards,

    John J. Fitzgerald

  121. Posted June 29, 2018 at 4:04 pm | Permalink

    1. Meata-cognition
    2. Soul Feud
    3. The Clockwork Brain
    4. I Am Therefore I Think
    5. Making Thoughts Your Aim
    6. Methinks

  122. Christopher Corless
    Posted June 29, 2018 at 4:09 pm | Permalink

    Neurofancy: How we imagined and think about the brain

  123. Posted June 29, 2018 at 4:14 pm | Permalink

    Matthew, While it usually annoys me when people use words improperly, for some reason when Jerry says he can’t brain today I don’t mind it. In fact I like switching out what it is for what it does in that context. I think you should call your book “Braining,” for it is both about what it is and what it does. LG (PS Unless you think it might be misinterpreted and people might think it is really about braining someone, as in hitting them about the head….that would be bad.)

    • Posted June 29, 2018 at 4:28 pm | Permalink

      I like Jerry’s use of “braining” too but I fear your “Braining” title will be assumed to share that use of the word. It sounds like a self-help book for those that think for a living. Actually, I would be interested in such a book. It would have tips like “Make lists of things” and “When you are stuck, go feed the ducks”.

  124. Christopher Corless
    Posted June 29, 2018 at 4:19 pm | Permalink

    In Cognito: Scientific revelations of the brain

  125. Charles Minus
    Posted June 29, 2018 at 4:22 pm | Permalink

    The Very Idea

  126. Weary
    Posted June 29, 2018 at 4:23 pm | Permalink

    How Braining Works

  127. Posted June 29, 2018 at 4:24 pm | Permalink

    “The Brain: A Centuries Long Soap Opera”

  128. Posted June 29, 2018 at 4:30 pm | Permalink

    “The Brain in the Rear-view Mirror”
    “Looking Back at the Brain”
    “Remembrance of Brains Past”

  129. Posted June 29, 2018 at 4:33 pm | Permalink

    Anatomy’s Final Frontier:
    A history of How the Brain Works

    The Brain of Ages:
    A history of How the Brain Works

    The Matter of Thought
    A History of How the Brain Works

  130. Steve Gerrard
    Posted June 29, 2018 at 5:14 pm | Permalink

    Clockworks to Networks: A History of Brain Analogies

  131. Evgeny Brud
    Posted June 29, 2018 at 6:14 pm | Permalink

    “Secretions of thought”

    From a quote by Charles Darwin: “Why should we consider it more wonderful that the brain secretes thought than that bodies interact without contact?”

  132. Kenneth Webb
    Posted June 29, 2018 at 6:25 pm | Permalink

    “The Brain in History”, with apologies to the Lewis Mumford classic, “The City in History”. Has portentousness and heft.

  133. Kiwi Dave
    Posted June 29, 2018 at 6:33 pm | Permalink

    The machine in the ghost.

  134. Posted June 29, 2018 at 6:33 pm | Permalink

    How We Thought We Think

    or

    How We Think We Think

  135. Posted June 29, 2018 at 6:44 pm | Permalink

    Here’s my suggestion:

    “The Magical Thinking Machine: A History of Theories on the Brain”

  136. Roger
    Posted June 29, 2018 at 7:03 pm | Permalink

    “I’m Joe’s Brain”.

  137. Larry Smith
    Posted June 29, 2018 at 8:09 pm | Permalink

    As much of the book no doubt chronicles how little we know about the brain, how about:

    “Mind: The Gap”

    • Liz
      Posted June 30, 2018 at 12:42 am | Permalink

      +1 I love this.

      • Merilee
        Posted June 30, 2018 at 9:54 am | Permalink

        + another 1

  138. Kevin
    Posted June 29, 2018 at 8:25 pm | Permalink

    “A Genealogy of the Conceptual Brain”

    would give the idea of the history of how we have thought about the brain, but also the idea of the brain’s evolutionary history

  139. hazur
    Posted June 29, 2018 at 8:53 pm | Permalink

    There are many good ones above, but why not:

    “It’s Braining Inside: brain models from past to present”.

    “Storm Braining: the curious history of our thoughts about our brains”.
    H

    • Liz
      Posted June 29, 2018 at 9:30 pm | Permalink

      Brainstorm: The Crisis Of The Definition Of Mind, Historical And Scientific Perpectives

  140. Wayne S.
    Posted June 29, 2018 at 9:04 pm | Permalink

    Human Cognition: From Frankenstein to Facebook

  141. James Corrente
    Posted June 29, 2018 at 9:27 pm | Permalink

    Matthew:
    How about,
    The Heartless Brain!
    And How matter allows us to think!
    Jim.

  142. Marcus Ritt
    Posted June 29, 2018 at 9:48 pm | Permalink

    How the brain not works.

  143. Chet Dickson
    Posted June 29, 2018 at 10:01 pm | Permalink

    Cognitive Interchange – A History of How the Brain Works; how we got from there to here.

  144. Michael Fisher
    Posted June 29, 2018 at 10:02 pm | Permalink

    So I’ve had some beers & a quiche to balance my manliness…

    [1] THE BRAIN TARDIS HISTORIFIED: Infinite Time And Relative Dimension Space mapped to two pints of Monkey grey goo

    [2] TWO PINTS OF GOD: The history of our infinite imagination machine

    “GOD” in the title is a big seller of any book! Jerry shudda put “GOD” in his last book title – I’m betting he turned down that option! Mistake sales-wise. Big, Big time. Great book undersold

    [3] MONKEY GREY GOO: The most complex known process in the universe toddles, stickily towards understanding itself

    Picture of monkey throwing its own shit at the camera whilst enthusiastically masturbating [My estate agent cousin Bethany, – sells posh to posh – wants to ‘sit’ for this if the price is right. She went to the best schools. Reliable, Discrete, Pert & Delightful]

    [4] UNDERSTANDING ENGINE: The history of the brain understanding itself while not tripping on its shoelaces. Dammit! Feck!

  145. Wonderer
    Posted June 29, 2018 at 10:02 pm | Permalink

    From souls to circuits.

  146. Chet Dickson
    Posted June 29, 2018 at 10:16 pm | Permalink

    The Wizard of Awes

  147. Michael Fisher
    Posted June 29, 2018 at 10:20 pm | Permalink

    Anyone who wants to win a free book & immortality should understand The Cobb first – an interesting, mostly understated & humorous chap:

    BIOGRAPHY

    I did a BA in Psychology at the University of Sheffield, and went on to do my PhD there, in Psychology and Genetics, looking at the mating behaviour of seven species of fruitfly. Psychology in those days was as much about animal behaviour as it was about human psychology, and I was lucky enough to be in one of the few places in the UK that studied Drosophila behaviour genetics. I decided to make this my research subject when I was a second year undergraduate, having read an article in New Scientist about the recent discovery of the first learning mutant, dunce.

    My first postdoctoral position (1981-1984) was at the Institute of Psychiatry, in London, where I spent my time getting twins drunk. This was interesting, but convinced me that I did not want to do research on human beings.

    At the time, UK science was experiencing some interesting times under the Thatcher government, and it was easier to find work abroad than here. In the middle of the great Miners’ Strike (1984), I moved to France on a Royal Society Science Exchange Programme. I worked at Gif-sur-Yvette, just south of Paris, with Jean-Marc Jallon and was introduced to chemical communication – the study of how animals communicate with each other using their sense of smell and pheromones. One of Jean-Marc’s students, Jean-François Ferveur, became a close friend, and we are still collaborating to this day.

    After the end of my Royal Society grant I was a lecturer in Pyschophysiology at the Université Paris-XIII (Villetaneuse) for 18 months, and then was recruited to the French CNRS (1988). I remained in the CNRS, working first in Orsay, then in Paris, until 2002. During this time I began my work on the sense of smell, using Drosophila maggots as my model organism. From 1995-2002 I studied chemical communication in ants, working at the Laboratoire d’Ecologie in Paris.

    In 2002 I returned to the UK to take up a post as lecturer at the University of Manchester.

    While in Paris I began my work on the history of science, with the encouragement of various historians I met, including Jean Gayon and Michel Morange, whose books I have translated.

    In 2002, I returned to the UK, to take up my post here. In 2007 I was named FLS Teacher of the Year and received the University’s award for Teaching Excellence.

    In 2006 I published The Egg & Sperm Race: The Seventeenth Century Scientists who Unravelled the Secrets of Sex, Life and Growth, and in 2008 the Zoological Society of London gave me an award for Communicating Science.

    In 2009 the French-American Foundation and the Florence Gould Foundation gave me their Translation Prize, jointly with Malcom DeBevoise, for our translation of Michel Morange’s book Life Explained.

    In 2009 I published The Resistance: The French Fight Against the Nazis, a book about the French Resistance in WW2, which won the Anglo-French Society Award, and in 2013 I published Eleven Days in August: The Liberation of Paris, August 1944.

    In 2015 I recently published Life’s Greatest Secret: The Race to Crack the Genetic Code (Profile Books in the UK; Basic Books in the US), which was shortlisted for the Royal Society Winton Book Prize.

    I am currently writing a book on the history of our ideas about brain and behaviour, also for Profile Books, entitled Thinking Matter. In 2017 I will be writing a book for OUP’s Very Short Introduction series, on smell

    COPIED FROM HERE

    • Kevin
      Posted June 30, 2018 at 10:20 am | Permalink

      I lost my sense of smell about 5 years ago. I am not however a Drosophila maggot (at least that is what my brain keeps telling me and I trust its conclusions unarguably).

  148. FB
    Posted June 29, 2018 at 10:51 pm | Permalink

    The brain’s long journey of self-discovery.

    • FB
      Posted June 30, 2018 at 12:11 am | Permalink

      The brain’s long and winding road of self-discovery.

    • FB
      Posted June 30, 2018 at 8:27 am | Permalink

      From the torax to the cloud – A history of ideas about the brain and the mind.

  149. Posted June 29, 2018 at 11:41 pm | Permalink

    “I Thought I Thought of That
    or
    How We Think about Thinking”

  150. Liz
    Posted June 29, 2018 at 11:50 pm | Permalink

    The Dull Scalpel: The Dissection Of The History And Science Of The Brain, What Do We Know?

  151. Liz
    Posted June 30, 2018 at 12:25 am | Permalink

    Just Like Clockwork: A Fun Exploration Of The Brain Throughout History

  152. Tom Besson
    Posted June 30, 2018 at 12:38 am | Permalink

    “I Never Metaphor I Didn’t Like”

  153. MZ
    Posted June 30, 2018 at 12:45 am | Permalink

    The elusive machine

  154. Wayne Y Hoskisson
    Posted June 30, 2018 at 12:54 am | Permalink

    What you can do with 86 billion neurons.

  155. PeteT
    Posted June 30, 2018 at 1:57 am | Permalink

    ‘The cogs of cogitation’

  156. bobkillian
    Posted June 30, 2018 at 2:16 am | Permalink

    Meet Head: Why and How Matter Thinks

  157. Posted June 30, 2018 at 2:30 am | Permalink

    “The Heart Doesn’t Mind”

  158. AC Harper
    Posted June 30, 2018 at 2:37 am | Permalink

    Or:

    “I Sing the Brain Hydraulic”

    “The Brain Machine”

    “The Brain Machine Through History”

  159. Ullrich Fischer
    Posted June 30, 2018 at 4:04 am | Permalink

    Thinking of Minds and Matter

  160. Don Quijote
    Posted June 30, 2018 at 4:39 am | Permalink

    My brain hurts

  161. Posted June 30, 2018 at 4:55 am | Permalink

    Where Does the Mind Live?
    A History of Brainy Ideas

    The Brain: How We Got Here

    The Thinking Machine
    The Story of Brain Theories

    Explaining the Brain
    The Road from Myth to Theory

    The Matter that Makes a Difference
    How Our Understanding of the Brain Has Evolved

    I’ll try to think of some more. Good luck.

    • Posted July 1, 2018 at 8:14 am | Permalink

      Or perhaps:

      Minding the Brain: How Our Understanding of the Brain Has Evolved

  162. brigittenerlich
    Posted June 30, 2018 at 5:52 am | Permalink

    As you are tracing the emergence of a concept … I first thought
    The brain made flesh – in memory of Carl Zimmer’s book The soul made flesh
    but what about
    How the brain was born: A history of thinking about the thinking

    • brigittenerlich
      Posted June 30, 2018 at 8:15 am | Permalink

      about thinking, of course
      So
      How the brain was born: A history of thinking about thinking
      or How the brain was born: a history of thinking through the ages

      [and I can’t wait for the metaphors] (which made me think: Figuring the brain: a history…)

  163. rich lawler
    Posted June 30, 2018 at 6:08 am | Permalink

    How about something like,

    “Metaphorically thinking”
    or
    “Evolving metaphors”
    or
    “deux et metaphor”

  164. KiwiInOz
    Posted June 30, 2018 at 6:13 am | Permalink

    I am: I think.

    Mental models: what we thought we knew about the brain.

  165. hazur
    Posted June 30, 2018 at 8:19 am | Permalink

    A couple more:
    “Machine Head” (any DP fan out there?)
    “House of Minds”
    “The Soul Machine”

    • Michael Fisher
      Posted June 30, 2018 at 8:37 am | Permalink

      Occasionally I like to listen to their very first album, before they become set – a right old mixture of psychedelia + harmonies + Tom Jonesy-style lead vocal delivery. The other better known albums are over-familiar to my ears.

  166. Mike
    Posted June 30, 2018 at 8:36 am | Permalink

    Brains-R-US

  167. ThyroidPlanet
    Posted June 30, 2018 at 9:13 am | Permalink

    Brain Story – The History Of Thought About Our Thinking Machine

    • ThyroidPlanet
      Posted June 30, 2018 at 3:39 pm | Permalink

      there’s already a “Brain Story” out there – in case that’s problem :

      The Story of the Brain

      With the same subtitle

    • ThyroidPlanet
      Posted July 1, 2018 at 5:26 am | Permalink

      A second subtitle to tack onto 1st subtitles:

      A 3000-year History

      So you have

      Title
      Subtitle
      A 3000-year History

      I got 3000 from this :

      https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_neuroscience

      But of course I have no idea of the time frame, so…

  168. Maryann Schulz
    Posted June 30, 2018 at 9:51 am | Permalink

    Came right out of your post:

    Brainworks

  169. Stephen Wilson
    Posted June 30, 2018 at 9:52 am | Permalink

    Out of Our Minds: The History of Thought

  170. DickK
    Posted June 30, 2018 at 9:54 am | Permalink

    What a brain thinks about brains

  171. Jiten
    Posted June 30, 2018 at 10:30 am | Permalink

    The Mind Through The Ages. Our changing vies of how the brain works.

  172. Posted June 30, 2018 at 12:29 pm | Permalink

    That sounds like the kinds of books I’m immersed in for quite a while, which are all about metaphors in thinking and science. Their titles fall into three categories:

    (1) No-nonsense, descriptive, like “How the Mind Works” or “The Way We Think”, often with a more specific subtitle, “Conceptual Blending And The Mind’s Hidden Complexities”. That’s a bit bland, but appears to find their audience (2) Evocative and a bit playful, like “Women, Fire, Dangerous Things”, “the Mind’s I” or (3) short titles that can sound too simple, but come across like the definitive reference book, like “Surfaces & Essences” or just “Metaphor”.

    Your book sounds like a historiography, “the study of the way history has been and is written – the history of historical writing” about mind and brain. So my pick:

    The Mind in the Mirror —
    A Historiography of the Brain

    On Reflection —
    How Mind & Brain Were Viewed Through The Ages

    Both use the “mind as mirror” metaphor, which I suggest, because it includes a sort of recursive element, and thinking about thinking. Cheers.

    • ThyroidPlanet
      Posted July 1, 2018 at 6:21 pm | Permalink

      Apologies- you already posted Mind in the Mirror

  173. Christopher Corless
    Posted June 30, 2018 at 1:14 pm | Permalink

    “Sane in the memebrain”

    “Membranes to Meme brains, a history of thinking about thinking”

    “Membranes to brain memes”

  174. gravelinspector-Aidan
    Posted June 30, 2018 at 1:51 pm | Permalink

    “They thought it worked HOW ?”
    (Sub-title “How people thought brains worked and what we don’t know today.”)

  175. Posted June 30, 2018 at 3:52 pm | Permalink

    ‘(At) The Mind of the Matter’ (rather than at the heart thereof…)

  176. Diana MacPherson
    Posted June 30, 2018 at 4:40 pm | Permalink

    Apologies if someone else has already said this one: Hearts and Minds (then a descriptive sub title)

  177. David Baca
    Posted June 30, 2018 at 5:32 pm | Permalink

    Brain into Mind: some assembly required

  178. Posted June 30, 2018 at 10:09 pm | Permalink

    “Be Aware of Your Brain”
    (or “Be Aware of Our Brain)
    .-

  179. brigittenerlich
    Posted July 1, 2018 at 3:57 am | Permalink

    One more proposal from my husband, David Clarke:

    “Brain-reading: How the story unfolded”

    (like mind reading, but brain)

  180. Dino Rosati
    Posted July 1, 2018 at 2:09 pm | Permalink

    What is Mind? A History …
    Infinte Reach: A History…
    The US title: “Brain Farts: A Natural History”

  181. ThyroidPlanet
    Posted July 1, 2018 at 6:18 pm | Permalink

    Trying some weird ones here :

    Janus and the Mirror – how our understanding of the brain has changed – a 3000-year history

    Alternatively, and more silly :

    Mind in the Mirror

  182. Posted July 1, 2018 at 7:47 pm | Permalink

    Book title: “The End of Delusion” If this isn’t the one, someone, maybe Sam Harris should write it.

  183. Posted July 2, 2018 at 7:38 am | Permalink

    Given this:

    The book looks at how the metaphors we have used about how the brain works have changed with technology (to put it crudely: hydraulics -> electricity -> telephone exchange -> computer -> network), but also how they are all inherently unsatisfactory. That’s the challenge – getting over this idea in something snappy.

    “Minds as Machines” or maybe “the Mechanical Mind”. The tagline would go something like “the history of how we thought our minds worked”.

    Substitute “brain” for “mind” if you like but since people started off thinking it was all about the heart, I don’t think “brain” cuts it.

    • ThyroidPlanet
      Posted July 2, 2018 at 8:28 am | Permalink

      The Machines in the Mirror

      • ThyroidPlanet
        Posted July 2, 2018 at 8:36 am | Permalink

        Subtitle 1: the changing understanding of the brain
        Subtitle 2 : a 3000-year History

  184. AJ
    Posted July 2, 2018 at 9:26 am | Permalink

    Here’s a Thought:
    Tales & History of Imagination

    Anyway, not every title has to be original, so here’s a fallback option:
    Life’s 2nd Greatest Secret
    (I’d still buy it.)

  185. Posted July 2, 2018 at 10:36 am | Permalink

    1. “Metaphorically Thinking: How the brain gets thinking wrong.”

    2. “Metaphors of Metacognition: Or, The Brain Doesn’t Actually Work That Way.”

    3. “Thinking, like nothing else: A history of how the brain works.”

  186. ThyroidPlanet
    Posted July 3, 2018 at 8:22 am | Permalink

    The Thinking Glass – Looking at How Our Understanding of the human brain has changed – a 3000 year history
    [ old woodcut graphic style of Alice climbing into the looking glass ]

  187. mhoule2013
    Posted July 12, 2018 at 7:43 pm | Permalink

    How about: “The Brain Explained (So Far)”

  188. Posted July 13, 2018 at 7:32 pm | Permalink

    A History on the Encephalon

  189. Posted July 26, 2018 at 4:37 pm | Permalink

    Greetings,
    Try with the word Cogito in the title. It’s catchy, and also deals with the most imortan philosopher, regarding thinking and rise of the subject.
    Ana

  190. Posted August 4, 2018 at 6:05 am | Permalink

    ‘Making Brain waves – a history of ideas about the mind’
    This was the only one I could come up with, hope it helps!

  191. john smith
    Posted August 4, 2018 at 6:37 am | Permalink

    “Emerging Self-reflection: The Brain”


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