Sandra Blakeslee


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Sandra Blakeslee is a science writer for The New York Times and an author who, yes, gets to live here in Santa Fe and have the best job in the world. She has worked for the Times since 1967, which partly explains her ability to pull off this feat. Her specialty is the brain sciences, although, at the drop of a hat, she can cover just about any topic in science, medicine, or technology.

She is the co-author of several books on the effects of divorce on children (with Dr. Judith Wallerstein) and three books on the brain (Phantoms in the Brain with V.S. Ramachandran, On Intelligence with Jeff Hawkins and The Body, Has a Mind of Its Own, with Matthew Blakeslee, her son.) Her current book project, Total Recall, is the story of how we will all soon store our memories in a digital format. It is based on an experiment conducted by the famous computer engineer, Gordon Bell, who has been saving his "life bits" for the past seven years. The book is scheduled to come out in September 2009.

Her previous book, The Body Has a Mind of Its Own, was published in September 2007 by Random House. It is an exploration of how the brain maps the body, the space around the body, and the social world. It reveals why you still feel fat after losing weight, how best to learn a sport, why cyberspace is seducing our kids, and sheds important new light on the mind-body connection, including insights about meditation.

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Phantoms in the Brain