Idiot Brain: What Your Head is Really Up to

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W.W. Norton, 2016 - Medical - 328 pages
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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progress, and the engine of all human experience--but your brain is also messy, fallible, and about 50,000 years out-of-date.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.

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This is a sort of anecdotal tour of the brain, with some of the science behind it. It has a lot of metaphors - taxi ranks, factories etc, but they are not always illuminating. It is written from the ... Read full review

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I was given a copy of Idiot Brain: What Your Head is Really Up To via a Goodreads giveaway I don't normally find myself drawn to books about science, mostly because science isn't one of my main ... Read full review

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About the author (2016)

Dean Burnett is a neuroscientist working as a lecturer and tutor for the Centre for Medical Education at Cardiff University. He writes the Guardian’s most-read science blog, "Brain Flapping," and dabbles in stand-up comedy.

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