World as Laboratory

By Rebecca Lemov,

Book cover of World as Laboratory: Experiments with Mice, Mazes, and Men

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Deeply researched, World as Laboratory tells a secret history that’s not really a secret. The fruits of human engineering are all around us: advertising, polls, focus groups, the ubiquitous habit of “spin” practiced by marketers and politicians. What Rebecca Lemov cleverly traces for the first time is how the absurd,…

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1 author picked World as Laboratory as one of their favorite books. Why do they recommend it?

Harvard historian of science professor Lemov’s account of the history of behavioral science includes a chapter analyzing the work of three of the central figures in MKUltra, the CIA’s decade-long program of classified research into “mind control.”

Excellent on the scientific context out of which that research arose.

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