Idiot Brain

Idiot Brain

What your Head Is Really up to

Book - 2016
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It's happened to all of us at some point. You walk into the kitchen, or flip open your laptop, or stride confidently up to a lectern, filled with purpose--and suddenly haven't the foggiest idea what you're doing. Welcome to your idiot brain.Yes, it is an absolute marvel in some respects--the seat of our consciousness, the pinnacle (so far) of evolutionary progress, and the engine of all human experience--but your brain is also messy, fallible, and about 50,000 years out-of-date. We cling to superstitions, remember faces but not names, miss things sitting right in front of us, and lie awake at night while our brains replay our greatest fears on an endless loop.Yet all of this, believe it or not, is the sign of a well-meaning brain doing its best to keep you alive and healthy. In Idiot Brain, neuroscientist Dean Burnett celebrates blind spots, blackouts, insomnia, and all the other downright laughable things our minds do to us, while also exposing the many mistakes we've made in our quest to understand how our brains actually work. Expertly researched and entertainingly written, this book is for everyone who has wondered why their brain appears to be sabotaging their life, and what on earth it is really up to.
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Company, 2016
Edition: First American edition
ISBN: 9780393253788
Branch Call Number: 612.8 BURNETT
Characteristics: 328 pages ; 25 cm


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Sep 01, 2018

Agree with newleaf. The science seemed light, the references were not very current and his constant jokiness was very grating after 5 pages.
Heard him interviewed on a podcast and was hoping for a more informative and scientific take on brain function.

Jul 11, 2017

This book explains about the brain. I understand everthing and everything is really clear. Surprisingly, this book, had been really easy to understand as well it is really easy to learn. I reccomend this book!

Dec 14, 2016

A very enjoyable light-hearted look at ourselves and what makes us tick.

Nov 04, 2016

You're a neuroscientist, you should write a book!

Neuroscience "lite" at best, neither the flip manner he discusses the subject, or his generic explanations, makes this worth reading.

Try Norman Doidge "The brain that changes itself"

Sep 01, 2016

An excellent explanation of how bad our brains are at dealing with reality and also an excellent explanation of how good our brains are at dealing with reality. Dean Burnett dives deep into all the foibles and quirks that our minds are prone to. I found it to be an enlightening and entertaining book (you can tell from Burnett's writing that he is a part time comedian).


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Jul 11, 2017

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