Brain Bugs: How the Brain's Flaws Shape Our Lives

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W. W. Norton & Company, Jul 11, 2011 - Science - 320 pages
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“Excellent. . . . [Buonomano] reveals the intricate limitations and blessings of the most complex device in the known universe.”—The Atlantic

The human brain may be the best piece of technology ever created, but it’s far from perfect. Drawing on colorful examples and surprising research, neuroscientist Dean Buonomano exposes the blind spots and weaknesses that beset our brains and lead us to make misguided personal, professional, and financial decisions. Whether explaining why we are susceptible to advertisements or demonstrating how false memories are formed, Brain Bugs not only explains the brain’s inherent flaws but also gives us the tools to counteract them.

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User Review  - sageness - LibraryThing

skimmed parts, read most of it. About average for pop science, which is to say, wildly uneven, depending on the chapter's subject matter. The chapters on fear and advertising were quite good; the chapter on the supernatural really wasn't. Read full review

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User Review  - JeffV - LibraryThing

Brain Bugs uses analogies from computer terminology to explain how our minds wiring sometimes resembles errant programming. From instinctual reactions (some in the animal world -- such as skunk ... Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Dean Buonomano is a professor of neurobiology and psychology at UCLA and a leading theorist on the neuroscience of time. His previous book, Brain Bugs: How the Brain’s Flaws Shape Our Lives, was a Wall Street Journal bestseller.

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