Sometimes it takes me longer than usual to read a book. Gerald M. Edelman’s book Bright Air, Brilliant Fire: On the Matter of the Mind was worth the extra time. The whole idea of the mind-body connection pervades our culture. This book takes a stab at explaining how mind arose in our bodies. It is not light reading, but people interested in biology, evolution, philosophy, linguistics, and (some) physics will find it rewarding. Also, the writer manages to be both erudite and entertainingly snarky from time to time.