Zen and the Brain
I started thinking about a couple of things:
First - Buddhism and the concept of suffering. The notion that the solution to suffering is detachment from this world seems odd. I am sure there is more to it that I don't understand yet.
Which brings up the second point. It seems like most other popular ideas, others took Buddha's ideas and greatly expanded and complicated them. And just like every other set of "Big Ideas" there was a counter reaction to the complexity and intellectualism which focused on simplification and going back to the basics.
And lastly, that just like every other human endeavor, the reality of human beings means that often the behavior of people is the opposite of their core beliefs. Hence, despite the ideals of non-violence in Buddhism, there have been plenty of violence and killing that was done by Buddhists throughout history.
But the book sounds like an interesting read...